A GLOBAL financial services firm has been trying to fill jobs since last October despite a record hike in numbers on the dole.
Kilkenny-based Taxback Group said it was still advertising for sales and telesales staff, business development executives, and accountancy and human resources executives.
It has 13 unfilled jobs and plans to hire up to 40 more staff by the end of the year.
Although it prefers experienced candidates, it is only seeking one graduate, for a communications executive position.
Catriona Hurley, from the human resources department, said many candidates were not prepared at interviews, particularly long-term unemployed people who may have lost confidence.
"We got a lot of CVs, but many candidates are not the right fit. They are not researching the roles. Some are from the bar or services industry and are more than welcome to apply, but are knocking themselves out of the running," she said.
Jane Lorigan, Europe CEO at recruitment company Saongroup.com, said there was a "definite skills shortage" in many industries, particularly for IT workers and staff with German and Nordic languages.
She said it was also difficult to find good sales people.