RealTime Talent is bringing WorkFountain to Minnesota

Senator Bonoff champions 21st Century match-making software solution for connecting employers with job seekers

St. Paul, Minn – Building on the success of the Minnesota PIPELINE Project, Minnesota is taking another step in connecting employers and job seekers with today’s announcement that RealTime Talent has selected WorkFountain as the platform for a new kind of online labor exchange.This innovative online platform, which has found strong success in Michigan and Ohio, will bring a new level of connectivity that can reduce hiring bias, create faster matches, and ensure the best candidates get hired for the job.

The project received funding from the Minnesota Legislature in July 2016 through the leadership of Senator Terri E. Bonoff, chair of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, who has sought to better connect students and employers through programs like the dual education, paid apprenticeship model in the Minnesota PIPELINE Project.

“While working on the MN PIPELINE Project, we heard loud and clear from employers that they are struggling to identify and connect with their future workforce” stated Senator Terri Bonoff.  “I always knew there had to be a way to harness technology to bring about more meaningful connections between employers and our youth, so we set out to find a solution for them beyond just creating an education and training program and I’m pleased to say today that we found it. WorkFountain is currently doing this connection work with great success in Michigan and Ohio, and I am thrilled that they are coming to Minnesota to unlock so much potential for our employers and students. Thank you to Jess Niebuhr of RealTime Talent and her board for being the engine of workforce solution innovation for our State and making this happen.”

The Legislature dedicated funding to RealTime Talent, a collaboration between public agencies, private industry, higher education, and workforce developers, to bring a 21st century web-based job and intern-seeking software tool that blind matches the needs of Minnesota’s employers with high school seniors and college students. RealTime Talent evaluated 11 online labor exchange platforms including CareerBuilder and Monster, but chose WorkFountain thanks to the quality of the matches. Their innovative approach allows for high-quality matches that connect the right people for the right job.

“WorkFountain is a unique scalable platform that engages businesses of all sizes and creates greater efficiency in the labor market.  The platform builds pathways for meaningful employment, ultimately creating jobs and strengthening the economy,” said CEO Brian Balasia co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company behind WorkFountain, Michigan-based Digerati.

WorkFountain is specifically built with the goal of reducing hiring bias and economic inequalities through blind-correlated matching of candidates to job opportunities. By requiring both job-seekers and employers to complete job-specific questionnaires and only showing them their seven best matches, the site goes far beyond resumes or keyword searches to understand subtle differences between candidates, including their preferred work environment, daily tasks, and leadership style.

RealTime Talent is working with the support of the Office of Higher Education to implement this pilot. They are seeking regional, education, and industry partners to build, use, and launch this new platform for the benefit of Minnesota employers and job-seekers.

For more information about this pilot project, access to the full report evaluating similar platforms, or inquiries on becoming a partner in this pilot project, please contact Jess Niebuhr at jess@realtimetalentmn.org. More information is available at http://www.realtimetalent.org/ and http://workfountain.com/.

For questions on this or any legislation, please contact Sen. Bonoff at (651) 296-4314 or by email at sen.terri.bonoff@senate.mn.

Senator Terri Bonoff
Terri Bonoff represents District 44, which includes portions of Minnetonka, Plymouth and Woodland in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. She chairs the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee.

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