Software jobs are hot.
It’s not just in Ireland, but across the developed world.
The Irish are not far behind.
But what are you going to do?
That’s the question that software job seeker Conor O’Brien asks when he comes across an interview question that has a different approach depending on whether he’s from Ireland or not.
“If I’m from Ireland, it’s a bit of a no brainer, I’m going to work in a software company,” he says.
If he’s not from Ireland then the question might not be as straightforward.
“The other thing is, the jobs you get are not the jobs that people are looking for in Ireland,” he explains.
“I’ve been in IT for a while and I’ve seen a lot of job openings in Ireland.
I’ve not been able to get into a position where I’m interested in.
I think that’s a little bit of an anomaly.”
There’s one big problem though, and it’s an issue with the current system.
If you want to apply to work at a company in Ireland then you need to fill out an application form online and wait for a call from the company, which can take days.
“So, it is a long wait,” O’Boyle says.
The solution is a simple one, but the process has been a struggle for many job seekers.
Some have taken the easy route and applied online.
Others, including O’Neill, have taken a more radical approach.
O’Reilly is an IT professional in Dublin.
He and his wife are working on a software design company, with a number of clients in Dublin and elsewhere.
O Reilly says he and his colleagues are frustrated by the current recruitment process.
“When I first started I was very excited to get the job,” he tells The Irish Mail.
“You would have thought that it would be the most prestigious job.
I had a fantastic experience in the tech sector, it was a great learning experience.
I was lucky enough to get a job that I love, and I was paid well for my time, and then a few years later, when I came back to Ireland, I realised I wasn’t getting the job.”
The company’s IT department was hiring for its next development team, but O Reilly was told he wasn’t good enough for the job.
OReilly says the company has since taken action to try to improve its recruitment process, but he’s still not satisfied.
“There are certain things that have changed,” he said.
“A couple of years ago, the company had an interview, and they didn’t give me the opportunity to apply, and the next thing I know, I got a call saying that the company wasn’t interested in me, so I’ve had to go elsewhere.
I haven’t had the same experience as in the past, so there are some things that I haven