Jobs in the Irish Army and Navy

The Defence Forces in Ireland are again hoping to recruit new entrants in 2023. The jobs will be in the Army, Air Corps and Navy.

Applications are now open on the Defence Forces website at

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must also be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Air Corps applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 29 years of age on the closing date for applications.

The Defence Forces require men and women from all backgrounds who possess a strong sense of duty, enjoy working as part of a team, and are looking for a rewarding yet challenging career.

Defence Forces Rates of Pay

In mid 2022 – the starting salary for a newly qualified three-star private and their naval equivalent, inclusive of a military allowance, after basic training of 26 weeks was €30,153, rising to €41,555 after seven years. Thers is also scope for further income from duty allowances.

Requirements to Join The Defence Forces

No formal education qualifications are required to join the Defence Forces as a recruit. However, you must satisfy the Interview Board and the Recruiting Officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Defence Forces.

Aptitude tests are a common part of the selection process and enable the Defence Forces to better understand candidates and determine if they have the skills for the job.

The height requirement for all candidates wishing to enlist in the Defence Forces is that they must be a minimum of 157.48cm. (That is Five foot 2 inches).

Defence Forces Fitness Tests

There is a Physical Fitness Induction Test for all Defence Force Applicants

It is composed of two aspects:

  • Local Muscular Endurance
  • Aerobic Endurance.

Local Muscular Endurance

  • Males – 20 push-ups and 20 sit-ups.
  • Females – 20 push-ups (Modified) and 20 sit-ups.

Max time allowed 1 minute. This is a Pass or Fail test.

Aerobic Endurance

Candidates will be required to run one and a half miles within the Defence Forces time limit below.These are the max times allowed. This is a Pass or Fail test.

  • Males – 11 Mins 40 secs
  • Females – 13 Mins 10 Secs.

Christmas Jobs Marks and Spencer Ireland

You can visit the Marks and Spencer Ireland website here and click on the “Careers”  link at the bottom of the page – where you will find some useful information about M&S and what is expected of applicants.

M&S welcomes applications from Refugees. They provide additional support when you join them too.

Some information about working at Marks and Spencers

M&S say that their  Customer Assistants ” make them who they  are.

Because it’s their job to give every single customer that unique M&S experience – and every reason to keep coming back. So, whether you’re helping find the perfect product or making sure it’s in stock and displayed beautifully, you’ll be putting a smile on our customers’ faces.

A  customer assistant role will involve helping find the right products for customers,  managing stock, getting new lines out on the shop floor, supervising the fitting rooms, and providing service at the tills.

M&S look for people with the ability to keep customers happy. Which means having the confidence and approachability to deal with all kinds of people.
You will also need to show a flair for tailoring the perfect service for each customer at busy times – which will need a cool head and lots of enthusiasm.

M&S Staff get a 20% discount and flexible shift patterns to suit you.

Applicants should be prepared to work evenings, weekends as well as bank holidays over the Christmas and New Year period.

More Christmas Jobs in Ireland Here


Christmas Jobs at Smyths in Ireland

Smyths are looking for staff in packing and – to cover the busy period around Christmas

The jobs are located all over Ireland

Job Details

Job Description

Smyths Toy Superstores are a rapidly expanding retailer specialising in toys, software, and nursery products. They are currently recruiting Temporary Night Pack Assistants.

The role of a Night Pack Assistant can be fun but also very demanding – Smyths are looking for people who are passionate about detail, flexible with the hours and days that they can work and have the ability to multitask.

Typically, Night Pack Assistants start work when the Store is closed to customers with the main purpose of restocking the Store to prepare for trading the following day.  Weekends are our busiest trading days so it is likely that you will be required to work on these days.

The ideal candidates will possess the following skills:

  • Previous customer service experience
  • :Weekend work required.

Saturday – Wednesday 09:00-17:30 or Monday – Friday 11:30-20:00

Contract Type: Temporary Fixed Term – 6 months.

More Smyths Jobs here .


Things To Avoid When Writing a CV

Spelling and grammatical errors:

Spelling and grammatical errors can make a bad impression on the employer, so make sure to proofread your CV carefully. Use a spell-checker and have someone else read it over for you.

Unprofessional email addresses:

Use a professional email address for your job search.
Avoid email addresses that are overly personal or inappropriate, such as “” or “

Personal information:

Avoid including personal information that is not relevant to the job, such as your marital status, religion, or political views.

Lies or exaggerations:

Be honest about your qualifications, experience, and achievements. Don’t lie or exaggerate your skill on your CV, as this can be discovered later on and damage your credibility.

Irrelevant experience:

Only include work experience on your CV that is relevant to the job you are applying for. If you have work experience that is not relevant, you can mention it briefly or leave it out altogether.

Flashy design:

While it’s important to make your CV visually appealing, don’t go overboard with creative designs or flashy graphics. Stick to a simple and professional layout that is easy to read and understand. Using jargon or acronyms: Avoid using industry jargon or acronyms that the employer may not be familiar with. Use clear and concise language that is easy to understand for someone outside of your industry.


Galway Races Jobs

Jobs at the Galway Races 2023

As usual – Lydon House Catering will probably be looking for temporary staff to work at the Galway Races which are due take place this year at the end of July.

They are usually looking for the following Categories of Experienced Staff:

Hospitality Supervisors

Bar Supervisors  Catering Supervisors

Chefs  Waiting Staff  Bar Staff

Catering Assistants/Kitchen Porters/Wash Up Staff

Administration Staff

All applicants must be 16 years or over. There are some restrictions on the roles and time periods that staff between 16 – 18 years can be recruited for e.g. duration of employment is 5 days maximum, staff must finish work before 10.00pm

Applicants need to send CVs to

The Galway Races Summer Festival is renowned as being Ireland’s premier and most colourful racing festival.  While it is a major sporting event, it also appeals to a much wider audience than just the racing fans. It’s true to say once you go racing in Galway, you’ll want to make it an annual event. It is a unique occasion filled with colour, atmosphere, passion and craic.


Getting a Job – Top 10 Tips

Some tips to help you find a job

1. Get back in touch with your old college to see if they have a  job placement scheme. If you’re serious about finding work you should leave no stone unturned.

2. Take some classes. Today’s emphasis on lifelong learning means you need to show you are someone who wants to learn new things.  Anything is better than doing nothing – Sport or exercise can get you fit; practical skills will gain you confidence, driving is a skill that is needed in many jobs, languages can widen your world and academic subjects will boost your CV. It can give you a whole new outlook on life and work

3 Think about the future. Some industries, like energy and healthcare, are likely to have huge demands for jobs in future.  Do your research to find out where these gaps will be and if it is an industry that you would be interested in.

4. Create your own job. Consider starting your own business, either consulting for your current field or doing something entirely new.

5. Networking: Networking is crucial in Ireland, as many jobs are not advertised but are filled through referrals and word-of-mouth recommendations. Attend industry events, join professional associations, and connect with people on LinkedIn to expand your network and increase your chances of finding job opportunities.

6. Tailor your CV: When applying for a job in Ireland, it’s important to tailor your CV to the specific role and company you’re applying to. Highlight your relevant skills and experience and include any achievements that demonstrate your value to the employer.

7. Research : Before applying for a job, research the company and its culture. This will help you understand what the employer is looking for and tailor your application accordingly. It will also help you determine if the company is a good fit for you.

8.  Don’t give up. It may take a while, but the perfect job for you is out there. Remember you are not alone, – Many people have been where you are now, and, if you talked to them, they would urge to not to stop. Be clear on what you want, believe in yourself and keep going. Finding a job in Ireland can take time, so it’s important to be persistent. Keep applying for jobs, even if you receive rejections, and continue to network and build your skills. Remember that rejection is not a reflection of your worth, and keep a positive attitude throughout the process.