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 slightly giddy to see what opportunities await.
One of the best 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 along the way.
Here are some of the best and biggest events coming up across Ireland that may help you land your dream job;
Cork Jobs Expo
WHEN: Saturday, 18th November 2023
WHERE: Devere Hall, College Road, Co. Cork
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This event is so popular that it’s held not just once, but twice every year in Cork! Previous years have seen top employers such as Janssen, Aldi, Laya Healthcare and many more taking part and bringing exciting job offers to the table. With this year’s event sure to be just as fruitful, it’s not to be missed!
Pathways Education & Careers Conference
WHEN: Tuesday, 26th September 2023
WHERE: The Galmont Hotel, Co. Galway
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: If you’re still in school and trying to figure what comes next – or you’re a parent of someone who is – then this just might be perfect for you! For TY students, fifth years, and Leaving Certs, this event offers a great opportunity to get a brief sample of what many different careers are like, with exhibitors on the day representing many different sectors of education and employment industries. Expect to meet recruiters from An Garda Síochána, the Irish Defence Forces, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and many more.
Dublin Jobs Expo
WHEN: Saturday, 14th October 2023
WHERE: Croke Park, Co. Dublin
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: This event offers a dedicated ‘Career Clinic’ with professional development coaches who can help you with crucial issues such as interview skills and perfecting your CV or cover letter. The day will also feature seminars by industry insiders on a wide variety of career topics. With all this and hundreds of recruiters attending on the day, each with active job opportunities, you’ve as good a chance as any of finding your dream career match
North Clare Jobs Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, 27th September 2023
WHERE: Ennistymon Digihub, Co. Clare
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: If you’re on the hunt for a great job in the Banner county, then look no further! With a huge variety of vacancies being filled on the day – including a mix of remote, hybrid and on-site roles – from sectors such as retail, healthcare, manufacturing, engineering, hospitality and dozens more, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Galway Jobs Fair
WHEN: Saturday, 30th September 2023
WHERE: Leisureland Events Centre, Co. Galway
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: Prepare for a day of recruitment, networking, career coaching and live seminars at the West’s largest careers fair. Meet employers face-to-face from top industries such as pharma, security, health sciences and many more, and hand in your CV directly to them. On the day, you can also head to the Career Clinic offering one-on-one CV, job seeking and career advice from professional career guidance counsellors