PAIRIN and Skillful, Two Denver-based Companies, Announce Partnership to Increase Competency-based Hiring

Today, PAIRIN and Skillful announce a partnership that will enable employers to easily deploy skills-based hiring and training. With PAIRIN’s applicant selection and employee development tool and Skillful’s skills-based hiring Employer Toolkit, employers can easily and confidently implement competency-based hiring.

This partnership aims to help talented people, especially people from non-traditional backgrounds, find jobs in which they can excel. These untapped talent pools have the potential to help companies reach maximum effectiveness. An excerpt from this article posted today that was co-authored by the CEOs of Skillful and PAIRIN reads:

“By hiring candidates based on their competencies and skills rather than their years of experience or whether or not they have a degree, employers can hire the people best suited for the jobs they advertise. They are also able to simultaneously improve retention and diversity, and reduce unconscious bias in the hiring process. PAIRIN has found that their tools have helped companies decrease applicant evaluation time up to 85% and increase employee retention by up to 67%, all while increasing diversity.”

Read the full article announcement here:


PAIRIN is a social enterprise software company whose mission is to make education relevant and hiring equitable. The PAIRIN Readiness Management System™ is the world’s first competency-based talent ecosystem that personalizes career exploration, job matching and professional development. Recognized as the 2017 Denver Chamber of Commerce Start-Up of the Year, the 2017 Colorado Technology Association APEX Emerging Tech Company of the Year award, and 2017 Colorado Companies to Watch winner, PAIRIN continues to lead the skills-based talent pipeline evolution for education and industry. Find out more at

About Skillful

Skillful, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation with Microsoft and other partners, is working to achieve a skills-based labor market to help millions of Americans overcome barriers to obtaining better-paying jobs in today’s digital economy. Skillful helps employers achieve the workforce they need by providing data, tools, and resources that enable the adoption of skills-based hiring and training practices. Coaches and digital services enable job seekers to learn what skills are in demand and access training at any stage of their career. At the same time, Skillful aligns employers and educators so that their training programs teach the skills required to succeed in today’s economy. Learn more at

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