GCI’s Top Tips For Finding A Job
The best chance to find a job in Galway is to improve your English. We offer General English lessons starting every Monday, as well as Exam Preparation courses for Cambridge and IELTS- taking these classes and subsequently the exam, gives you a globally recognised certificate of your level of English.
Take an English language course at Galway Cultural Institute
You can see our range of courses here: https://www.gci.ie/courses/
Read more about the benefits of studying English with us in our blog https://www.gci.ie/blog/improve-your-english-taking-english-course/
We also offer undergraduate business courses in our sister school, Galway Business School.
Check your CV in GCI’s Library
Take your CV to GCI’s on site library to have a teacher help you to correct any spelling or grammar mistakes- this will make it so much easier to secure the job you are applying for, as it highlights that your level of English is very high and your attention to detail is excellent. Make sure you have highlighted your achievements, experience and key skills.
Attend GCI’s CV Workshops
The CV Workshops, included in the GCI monthly social activities, are led by experienced teachers who will demonstrate the best CV layout, design and content that will give you the best starting chance at securing a part-time job in the city while you are studying here.
Your CV will be streamlined- with ideas for memorable content and eye-catching layouts. The teachers also explain the importance of writing personalised Cover Letters when you are submitting job applications, especially online.
Joining the local job search newsletters, websites and social media pages will help to alert you to jobs in the local area. Some good examples are www.jobs.ie and www.indeed.ie ,recruitment companies such as Hays, using the hashtag #jobfairy on social media and many more, which we advise you on in the GCI Job Workshops.
Create an online profile
It can also help to create a LinkedIn account to connect with contacts and describe your achievements and experience in length and leave a link to this on your CV. You can share content on LinkedIn which demonstrates your writing skills and professional knowledge. Ensure your other social media accounts are reviewed for any content which may put potential hiring managers off. Review your privacy settings to ensure your social life is more private and does not impact your outward professional persona.
Have you joined the Galway Business School LinkedIn page? https://www.linkedin.com/school/galway-business-school/ We share many updates about the job market on here- giving a wealth of information to read about careers in business.
Research the company
If you are preparing to hand your CV into a store that you have noticed is hiring, make sure you have looked at their website to understand their business and what type of skills they will be looking for. Be familiar with their products and services. You will be prepared to sound interested in the company and dedicated to being a great hire for them.