"You need the people who have fled to come back and fuel the country," he said. He estimated that only 10% of potential employees had the English-speaking skills the firm needed.
Throughout the morning and into midafternoon, job-seekers snaked from the conference room door through a hallway, and down the Rashid's marble steps to a lobby decorated with huge potted plants. Outside, more waited to get in. Like nightclub patrons on a busy Saturday night, only a few were let through the hotel's main door at a time, as others trickled out.
By the end of the day, Carr said, at least 300 resumes had been collected and scores of educated Iraqis had made contact with potential employers.
"Our goal is to get everyone a job. That's not possible," he said, "but this is at least opening a connection for them."