There’s no denying that jobhunting can be tough.
From dusting the cobwebs off the CV, to Googling what a cover letter should even look like, to then wondering what’s wrong with either of the above, or with you in general, when your applications are met with no response.
Despite all these obstacles, your job search can – and should – also be fun! You’re bravely taking a leap of faith, believing there’s a better fit for you somewhere out there, and are ready to find your next big career venture.
It’s an exciting time of new beginnings, and while a jobhunting journey is likely to leave even the best of us feeling stressed, anxious and a bit self-critical, it should also make us feel passionate, daring, bold, and a bit giddy to see what opportunities await.
One of the most practical ways to inject a bit of fun into your job search is to hit up job fairs and recruitment events in your area. They’re a great way to get out and meet new people, while picking up some career inspiration (and maybe even some freebies!) along the way!
Here are some of the best and biggest events coming up across Ireland that may help you land your dream job;
Bon Secours Nurse Recruitment Open Day
WHEN: Saturday, 7th May 2022
WHERE: Bon Secours Hospital, College Road, Co. Cork
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s fair to say that healthcare staff right across the globe are more appreciated and sought after than ever before. Look out for a number of these recruitment events on the horizon, geared towards professionals with medical qualifications. In this case, the Bon Secours Hospital Cork are seeking nurses who may already be living locally. The hospital are on a significant recruitment drive at the moment – having recently featured in a ‘Healthcare Job Fair’ all the way over in Glasgow.
Cork Jobs Expo
WHEN: Saturday, 14th May 2022
WHERE: Cork City Hall, Terence McSwiney Quay
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Jobs Expo are a name that may already be familiar to many who are well-established in their jobhunting. The company run Ireland’s leading jobs and recruitment fairs twice-yearly in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Their next exposition is in Cork on Saturday May 14th, and has a stellar line-up of recruiters involved. Head over to meet people hiring in the TEFL institute, Remitly, the Irish Prison Service and many more. If that’s not enough, there are also some excellent speakers who’ll be there on the day, tackling topics such as ‘Essential Principles for Success’ and ‘Am I in the wrong job?’
Construction Jobs, Apprenticeship & Training Expo
WHEN: Thursday, 19th May 2022
WHERE: Tallaght Stadium, Co. Dublin
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Similarly to how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a need to staff our hospitals in greater numbers, DIY projects taken up during lockdown opened many eyes as to why some things are best left to the professionals. If you think you have a number of craft skills or a trade that could help you make a living, this event is the one for you! If you’re looking for a career in construction, want to become an apprentice or even upskill, then it’s well worth attending on the day. Employers will be recruiting for all types of construction jobs including construction trades, professional services, apprenticeships and supporting roles such as sales, admin, HR & security.
Mater Hospital Open Day
WHEN: Saturday, 21st May 2022
WHERE: The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: After Bon Secours’ Open Day, the opportunities for nurses looking to work in Ireland keep coming. Towards the end of this month, the senior nursing team at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital are hosting an Open Day. Anyone who comes along and meets them will hear about the exciting opportunities for nurses at the hospital, including career pathway development into a particular specialty. Don’t miss the representatives from across all sorts of clinical areas, new developments, education, quality, and practice development. Be sure to bring your CV along on the day too, once you’ve seen all the Mater’s latest job opportunities you can even interview on the day if you meet the shortlisting criteria.
Jobs in Tech Event
WHEN: Tuesday, September 13th 2022
WHERE: RDS Hall, Anglesea Road, Co. Dublin
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Skills shortages in key areas of the digital economy mean there are many different IT careers available for graduates with relevant qualifications and experience. The sector is fast-moving and dynamic, meaning there are many smaller companies and tech start-ups that are worth seeking out for job opportunities. For example, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the IT industry provide a range of specialist services and often offer consultancy and technical roles. Jobs in Tech will act as a platform for you to meet and engage with companies looking to recruit tech graduates and professionals.