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Need a job? Missouri’s employment office thinks Clayton firm can help



Every hire is a risk. A Clayton-based company’s job matching platform wants to help employers take a more educated risk.

The service, Talify, has attracted the state of Missouri’s Department of Economic Development and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment as a way to help both job seekers find a new gig and businesses make better hires.

Talify, a job skills assessment platform, has been quietly in use for two years by the Missouri DED’s Jobs.mo.gov platform. As of the end of last month, the DED said almost 11,000 job seekers and 650 employers were registered for the service.

Clayton-based Kiosite, a 15-year-old company that develops employment screening and assessment programs, originally created Talify to match college students with employers, a service it still offers. Talify is similar to the skills assessment tools Kiosite uses in its other job screening platform, HireTrue, but it focuses on helping soon-to-be college graduates connect with the employers looking for them.

Founder and CEO Michael Novack hopes to expand Talify beyond Missouri to other states, especially as a tighter labor market makes finding qualified employees more difficult for some businesses.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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