350 jobhunters vie for 30 hotel posts
MORE than 350 people turned up to compete for just 30 jobs at a luxury hotel yesterday.
Eager jobseekers travelled to Cork from all over the country for an interview at the five-star Castlemartyr Resort Hotel in Co Cork.
"You have to be prepared to get in the car and drive if you want a job these days," said Deirdre Molloy from Clonmel in Tipperary. "It would be a great place to work and I would take whatever is going."
Brian Leahy from Cobh didn't have to travel quite as far. He was applying for a job on the hotel's renowned golf course.
"I finished school last summer but have only been able to get some part-time work since," he said. "I'd love something full-time here, but there looks like a lot of competition." Andrew Phelan, general manager of the €100m Dromoland-owned hotel, said he was impressed by the calibre of the applicants and was looking forward to a much-needed upturn in the tourism sector.
"I think we are finally moving away from the international perception of Ireland as a costly destination and more towards a 'value for money' location," he said.