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Indiana DWD Launches AI-Powered Job Board Site

Courtesy Indiana DWD

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has launched a job board to help unemployed or underemployed Hoosiers find work, it's called the “Hoosier Talent Network."

On the surface, the jobs board looks like any other: workers key in their work experience and employers put in job openings. But this system is supposed to use an artificial intelligence algorithm from tech company Eightfold AI to hunt for skills in profiles and match them with skills in job descriptions. It also lets employers create customized hiring campaigns. 

Eightfold AI President Kamal Ahluwalia said, unlike other job boards, their software will also suggest pathways to get new career skills.

“So their job hunt becomes much simpler and faster and that also drives that ‘OK, if I’m not getting the right fit, then what do I need to do? Maybe I do need to learn one or two things,’” he said. 

DWD contracted with the company to pay $2.6 million for the service over the next two years. Eightfold said Indiana is the first state to use its platform, but they hope to implement it in other states soon. 

Contact reporter Justin at jhicks@wvpe.org or follow him on Twitter at @Hicks_JustinM.

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