Moving to Ireland in 2020?

Posted January 17, 2020 in Sonas News

Our recruiters have 5 tips on starting a job search from overseas:


Many comment on how much the Irish construction industry has changed over the last 10 years. While residential & commercial projects are to the fore, the Irish market now offers a wide breadth of construction projects to get involved in including pharma, data centres and manufacturing facilities. The News section on our website and our LinkedIn page are regularly updated with new project announcements so take some time to consider what areas interest you and best utilities your new overseas experience.



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While Ireland is a small island, location is a key factor to consider in your job search.

Dublin opens up a world of opportunities in terms of high-profile projects, career progression and earning power. During 2020 there will be a strong demand for Engineers, Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors in the capital city so you should have plenty of choice and a relatively fast turnaround on securing your preferred role.

However, the high cost of living & work-life balance is a concern for many. Cork, Limerick, Galway & Waterford are all viable options with construction activity continuing to rise. If your preference is to be based regionally, you may need to start the job search sooner as work opportunities may not be as plentiful. Either way, employers like certainty so do some research on what will work best for you and your family when moving back to Ireland.



While you may not be ready to submit your CV, take some time to network on LinkedIn in preparation for your move home.

LinkedIn is a great way to put your name on the professional map, emphasize your strengths and showcase your personality. Having a detailed Linkedin profile with your full work experience and ideally some project experience will help both recruiters & hiring managers get to know you better from afar.



Being based overseas, the companies you’ve worked with are probably unknown to hiring managers in Ireland. Here are some tips to improve your CV:

  • Clearly state your intention to move to Ireland in your introduction and advise on timelines if you can
  • Include hyperlinks to website of companies you’ve worked with and ideally give some details on the company scale, culture etc.
  • Have project details listed under each employment detailing the value, programme and scope of work.
  • Bear in mind the scale of the construction industry in Dublin (or regional locations) and who is viewing your CV. Employers here have a preference for those involved in similarly sized projects rather than mega projects.
  • There is no exact length for a CV too but we would advise on being as concise as possible

Invest time in your CV and you will reap the rewards in attracting the attention of hiring managers, boosting your profile and securing your preferred role.



Timing is everything. While a planned move in the coming year might seem distant, companies do like to plan their staffing requirements well ahead of time. Here‘s what we recommend:

  • 6-12 months: Have an informal chat with us. We’ll answer your questions about upcoming projects, growth sectors, salaries on offer etc. Put a plan in place to chat in more detail within 6 months of your intended move home.
  • 3-6 months: A more in-depth chat about location, timeline for your return and companies hiring. We’ll then highlight specific opportunities that may be a good fit and explain your situation to the relevant hiring managers. If there is a preference to receive an offer before arriving in Ireland, we can advise on which companies are likely to do this.
  • 0-3 months: Arrange phone & video interviews as an initial meet & greet with companies. Following that, we’ll plan ahead for face-face second round interviews once you’re on the ground in Ireland.