An immigrant recruitment portal for professionals has been launched in Nigeria for immigrant job seekers in various countries including Canada, Europe and America.
The portal was unveiled at a virtual event attended by business experts including Kole Shettima, On-Nigeria Director for MacArthur Foundation; Kate Henshaw, African Award-winning Actress; Tracy Docheff, Canadian Immigration Resettlement Expert; IT experts, Human Resource Experts and other International Development Experts.
Akin Fadeyi, the founder of the www.iquolify.com Project, said “Iquolify is a well thought out digital recruitment solution for Immigrant Professionals who compromise their qualifications for jobs below their pay grade outside their countries”. “Iquolify will focus on showcasing immigrants to prospective employers, Data Analytics for policymakers, mentoring and Training until target immigrants are able to optimally integrate and unlock their potential.
Kole Shettima, MacArthur On-Nigeria Director, said the Foundation has always held diversity, equity and inclusion as values.
He said At the MacArthur Foundation, “We ensure that our decisions and actions are rooted in the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion by embracing the unique attributes of all individuals; creating a fair playing field for all; and cultivating environments where everyone feels respected, valued, and a sense of belonging. Iquolify is therefore a very compelling fit into our work culture and work I commend the initiative”.
Bankole Odole, Co-Founder of the Canadian Iquolify, said that “as an immigrant with five Masters’s Degrees, I had experienced firsthand challenges immigrant professionals grapple with. The idea of iQuolify is, therefore, a ready solution capable of shielding other incoming immigrants from such same challenges.
Kate Henshaw, an award-winning Actress and Social Advocate (Guest Speaker) expressed delight, describing iQuolify as a project whose time has come. She said “Many people have good reasons to migrate but find themselves disadvantaged as migrants and then resort to menial jobs.
She said iQuolify is a great vision that will bring to table solutions to less dignifying jobs. Kate Henshaw added the need to maximize one’s opportunities at home or abroad, by focusing on constant self-improvement, not just leaving the country by any means.
Sola Akinrinade, the board member Tech HERfrica, former VC Osun State University and former Provost Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) Academy; spoke about educated migrants not living up to their potentials because they travel unprepared and encouraged all to take advantage of iQuolify to mitigate this lapses.
Tracy Docheff, Immigrant Resettlement Expert, Director of Marketing and Communications at Toronto Newlife Wellness Place said her job as an immigrant settler within various Canadian communities is going to be simpler with iQuolify.
Also at the event was Olufunmilola Bucknor, Founder and Lead Consultant, HR Madam Consulting who shed light about her challenges recruiting for organisations within and outside Nigeria over piles upon piles of resumes. She did iQuolify will bridge this gap.