C&I Leasing Plc on Wednesday 16th October 2019, announced the launch of GETAJOBNG, an online recruitment platform set to revolutionize the hiring and job search process for companies and candidates across the country.
In an exclusive ceremony which held at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, the launch featured a gathering of industry experts in the private and public sector, including human resource and brand experts from telecommunications, FMCG, financial services, oil & gas, manufacturing, engineering, transportation and consulting firms.
Giving the welcome address, Mr Andrew Otike-Odibi, Managing Director /Chief Executive Officer C&I Leasing Plc, said that the business service conglomerate had built competence in the Human Resource (HR) business in the last 20 years, making it easier to identify challenges and opportunities in personnel outsourcing and recruitment. According to him, GETAJOBNG was set up to end the “disturbing trend of having a sea of talents and a large pool of companies looking for these talents but no bridge connecting them”.
“It’s very frustrating because the companies can’t move forward without the right talents and the talents are there and trying to gain access to these companies but they can’t,” he said.
“That’s where we got thinking and although we saw there were a lot of job sites, there were a lot of things that were not connecting. Thankfully, this is the jet age. The age of technology. We go into a lot of research and thanks to our team, who put that together, we now have GETAJOBNG.
“We’re bringing forth GETAJOBNG to act as a bridge between the sea of talents and the companies that require those talents.”
The C&I Leasing MD further revealed that the GETAJOBNG platform has adopted tested methods to identify skills and traits, and match the candidate to the right opportunity, thereby reducing the unemployment rate in the country and helping businesses grow, with plans to extend to Ghana and other parts of Africa.
‘THE EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS ISSUE’
Mrs Amina Oyagbola, Managing Consultant, AKMS Consulting Ltd and keynote speaker at the event, delved into the key challenges with recruitment in Nigeria. She noted that Nigeria ranked 152 out of 157 countries in the World Bank Human Capital Index, yet as of 2018, nearly a quarter of the workforce was unemployed and 20% underemployed.
This she said, was largely as a result of the “employability skills” that many graduates lacked, making it hard for them to transition into the workplace.
While proffering solutions to the challenges listed, Mrs Oyagbola advised that job seekers be strategic in their search, get professional help, and clarify their needs before they go searching.
On the recruiter’s side, she advised that hiring managers should reposition their employer brand and regularly engage with the talent community. Citing GETAJONG, Mrs Oyagbola advised hiring managers to use technology to streamline their recruitment process.
UNVEILED TO A ROUSING APPLAUSE
With excitement and anticipation brimming in the air after a demo video was played, the GETAJOBNG portal was unveiled to rousing applause by the distinguished guests present. Chief Henry C. Okolo, Chairman, Board of Directors, C&I Leasing Plc led members of the management team including Mr Otike-Odibi, the MD/CEO, Mr Alex Mbakogu, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer and Ms Maureen Ogbonna, Group Head, Human Resources and Strategy. Mrs Oyagbola joined the group to mark the momentous occasion.
Cutting the ribbon to unveil the GETAJOBNG portal, Chief Okolo said the launch comes at an opportune time as companies struggle to fill in-demand roles in the face of a more complex hiring environment, growing talent gap and limited resources. He charged job seekers and recruiters to key into the fit-for-purpose solutions that GETAJOBNG has on offer.
After the unveiling, Mr Temitope Niyi, Consultant for GETAJOBNG, showcased a live presentation of the portal’s distinguishing features. In his words, GETAJOBNG utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to match candidates to recruiters. By using skill-based tests, knowledge-based tests, psychometric tests, on-premise interviews and scheduled interviews to test the candidates, he said the platform “creates a seamless recruitment process for recruiters, accelerating candidate flow and reducing the cost and time to hire.”