OVER 1,500 people queued to attend a jobs fair in Dublin where 110 jobs were on offer.
The line of job hunters stretched from Dame Street, through Temple Bar and all the way to the Button Factory where 30 start-up companies were seeking recruits and contacts.
Those in the queue included mainly graduates and freelance workers from the digital design and marketing disciplines, as well as web engineers and editors.
The companies included Tempster, which has a smartphone app that helps restaurants sell their unused tables, and which recently received €100,000 investment on 'Dragons' Den'.
Organisers Mark Whelan and Nikolai Trigoub said the aim of Dubstarts was to offer an informal setting where potential employees and employers could meet and talk.
"In this kind of setting, people are more themselves. The idea is about getting a perfect match," said Mr Whelan.
Catherine Egan (27), from Offaly but living in Rathmines, said she was made redundant three days ago. "I am looking for a full-time position in digital marketing," she said.
Her friend David Maybury, from Dublin, is a freelance editor of children's books.
"There is always the hope that you can jump from freelance to full-time," he said.
Frances Quinn (25), from Blanchardstown, is finishing an MSc in Business and Management in Maynooth. She was hoping to secure an internship that would give her the necessary experience to get a paid job down the line.
Dominique McMullan, from Killiney, said the fair had been very rewarding. "I had great chats with people and I got load of contacts. It is absolutely packed," she said.
The graphic designer, who freelances, was hoping to get more web work.
Fergus Kelledy, another visitor, already has his own start-up and wanted to see "what the buzz was like". His TouchPulse company uses geotagging to accumulate and analyse social media activity around events such as the jobs fair.