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Shortlist Nigeria for Job Seekers in Nigeria

It is no longer news that the rate of unemployment in Nigeria is alarming, what interests me is to know the several initiatives being taken by private organizations to mitigate this hydra-headed problem of unemployment in our society.

And so at a well-attended press event in Lagos last week, Phillips Consulting Limited, a leading African based business management and HR consulting firm announced the formal launch of a new associate online company SHORTLIST Nigeria.

SHORTLIST is an online start-up that promises job seekers and recruiters an easier and simpler way to recruit. In partnership with Phillips Consulting, SHORTLIST has incorporated over 20 years of recruitment experience into an innovative online offering.

It is simply a talent pool where employers and candidates connect based on skill matches and opportunities. A job seeker in signing up with the platform creates a profile in which any employer can access and present them with job opportunities.

Centre:Mr Foluso Phillips,Chairman Philips Consulting and the Chair,Nigerian Economic Summit Group.In Red:Mrs Tayo Leigh,MD ShortList.

Centre:Mr Foluso Phillips,Chairman Phillips Consulting and the Chair,Nigerian Economic Summit Group.In Red:Mrs Tayo Leigh,MD ShortList.

Mr. Foluso Phillips, Chairman, Phillips Consulting Limited and also the Chairman Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) while speaking at the launch in Lagos said “SHORTLIST is structured to connect Candidates and Employers directly with each other through this online ‘Talent Pool’ that is created directly by job seekers. Simplicity and ease of use was the guiding principle in designing the powerful shortlisting tools incorporated into the process. This is a fundamental feature that will appeal to users who are currently frustrated by the job-hunting process.”

He went further to say, “To be on a global platform where anyone can discover you is a wonderful opportunity for job seekers. To find the very people you need to fill your vacancies on this platform is even better. This is a major shift in today’s job hunting and recruitment paradigm”.

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Job seekers can enroll with SHORTLIST free of charge, which initially enables them to create a unique online SHORTLIST -designed resume, which they can share with anyone outside the website. They then have an option to upgrade, through paid subscription service, to a premium platform accessible by employers, who can search the database for free.

Mrs. Tayo Leigh, the Managing Director of SHORTLIST, explained further, “In our economy today, there are unfortunately more job seekers than there are job positions and we had to remove any impediment to employers in accessing our platform to self-search for great candidates. Another way to look at it is that Candidates are really subscribing to a recruitment ‘Yellow Pages’, which is now made available to employers free of charge.”

According to them, the Initial surveys conducted, showed that candidates were prepared to pay far more than the current annual subscription fee of N3,000, reflecting the perceived value of the service.

Explaining some of the benefits of the platform, one major feature candidates will appreciate, is the avoidance of the need to upload their CV.

The SHORTLIST- generated resume created during the initial sign up, contains (through extensive surveys and research of major global corporates) all the information employers need in order to make their initial first level selection. SHORTLIST thus offers a platform to get headhunted, it avoids the need for job boards as it makes it possible for companies to identify, through this self -service offering, those with suitable profiles.

The platform also has a simple subscription structure, which means there are no hidden charges. The one-fee membership gives jobseekers equal prominence and opportunity in font of all employers.

For me the distinguishing advantage of SHORTLIST over other such job platforms is seen in the experience and connection of the initiators of SHORTLIST to bring all variety to SMEs through to the large corporate organisations. Recruitment firms, recruitment and HR managers, CEO’s of SMEs and many more recruiters, to one platform.

We hope this new Job Platform by Philips Consulting will contribute its quota in reducing unemployment in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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