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U-Connect and OSF Build the #1 Online Recruitment Platform in Africa

Technologies: Umbraco, Carerix

Type: CMS, Cloud Application

Following a signed contract with U-Connect, a leading Nigerian provider of world-class HR Services which includes Personnel Outsourcing; Recruitment and Executive Search; Training; Outsourcing of Pre-Assessment Testing and Customer Service Solutions, OSF Global Services has launched its first development project on the African market—Gr8Jobsng.

Having created unique opportunities in the HR field for over 5,000 candidates since their foundation in 2004, and under the leadership of the award-winning CEO Omomene Odike, U-Connect has developed a platform that is at the forefront of the HR industry in Nigeria.

“As an HR company, we aim to make world-class HR services available to the general public in a bid to improve the business functions of companies, aid the career growth of jobseekers and improve the Nigerian and African economies,” said Omomene Odike, Managing Director of U-Connect. “Our services help companies focus on their core business while giving them the assurance of the best quality of service and staff available in the market.”

U-Connect partnered with OSF following a client referral, with the objective of building a robust platform for their recruitment and outsourcing website. The website supports their three categories of clients—job seekers, employers and training companies—through unique portals that nonetheless allow these groups to more effectively engage in business.

“Our goal was to meet the top positioning requirements expressed by U-Connect,” said Oana Dereli, Director of Business Development at OSF Global services. “We’re thrilled to see our Umbraco solution supporting efficient management and reporting on profiles and job vacancies for both employers and U-Connect’s individual customers.”

OSF Global Services used the Umbraco CMS to support subscriptions for these three client categories, Umbraco being both affordable for U-Connect and a strong candidate among other CMS platforms in OSF’s portfolio.

“Umbraco was the right choice for U-Connect because they required minimal CMS capabilities,” said Ioana Manolache, Account Manager at OSF Global Services. “And though they needed better recruitment management, Carerix easily supported those requirements.”

Carerix is cloud-based software that improves staffing, recruitment and selection processes for professional employment agencies.

“Our new recruitment platform is the first of its kind in Africa in that it brings together various Recruitment and HR services on one platform and makes them available, accessible and affordable to Jobseekers, employers and Training Institutions in Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” said Odike.

The Umbraco solution went live in April 2016, with ongoing support provided by OSF. U-Connect now offers self-services to job seekers and employers, including CV development for job seekers; and research, background checks and outsourcing for employers.

“We are proud to have made this first step into the promising African market,” said Gerard Szatvanyi, President and CEO of OSF Global Services. “U-Connect provides more than just recruitment and training expertise; they strive to transform the businesses of their clients into loyalty centers through proactive customer care—much like OSF Global Services.”

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