According to Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, the country’s unemployment rate has increased to 9.9 percent in the third quarter of 2015 which represents a fourth consecutive rise in the unemployment rate since the third quarter of 2014 and has continued to bite harder on a daily basis, leaving many graduates helpless and stranded on what to do.
The government agency further revealed in its statistics that a total of 1,454,620 Nigerians are unemployed quarter compared to 529,923 in the second quarter, which has led to an increase from 8.2 percent in second quarter 2015 to 9.9 percent in third quarter 2015.
The total numbers of graduates the country’s higher institutions are churning out on a yearly basis are adding up on a yearly basis without relevant skills that can match up with the few available jobs that are on the ground. Out of passion to reduce the gnashing unemployment rate in the country, Omomene Odike has seen reasons to start Gr8jobsng – an organization that helps to improve Nigerian economy by improving the functions of SME’s and large businesses by giving them access to top talents and improving the employment rate in the country by linking candidates to available jobs.
Odike said that Gr8jobsng was born out of the need to make available top notch HR services in the areas of recruitment, outsourcing, pre-assessment, verification among others in the general public at an affordable price with the intention to spur innovation and economic development in Nigeria using technology with huge possibilities to offer opportunities to job seekers, employers and training institutions.
“I strongly believe that the fate of the Nigerian economy is held by job seekers, employers and training institutions and our services cater directly for them in helping them grow, which is a great achievement and a source of pride and joy for us”, she said.
With the organization, Odike said her goals are to ensure top notch HR services that are readily available, accessible, available and affordable to all users on the platform to help them achieve their objective.
According to her, “I believe once we have an employable and equipped populace the full potential of employees, companies and the country will be reached. Explaining further, she mentioned that the platform has provided opportunities for different applicants to register irrespective of their background, NYSC, intern, entry level, mid management, senior management, executive level and those seeking for a job from the diaspora.
She also gave insight on those she described as premium candidates whom their subscriptions help their applications to stand out to employers by giving them access to services that ensure their best qualities highlighted. “Applicant that subscribe with a little amount of money will enjoy priority listing on job applications, access to free pre-assessment tests, ability to attach results to job applications, upload of one minute video CV with regular job training alert”, she said.
As part of giving back to the society, the organisation has recognized its strength in the communities it resides and operates from to help grow these communities and in turn the entire Nigerian economy.
She mentioned that the employability initiative is the flagship community investment project and it is designed to prepare fresh graduates for the working world.
“Our courses provide participants with the skills, attitudes and behaviour they need to secure and sustain employment”.