One ‘Ping’ away: New mobile app transforms student networking, recruiting despite social distancing

August 5, 2020

Ping, a Tallo platform, takes “matching students with opportunities” to a whole new level

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Tallo, a digital platform that connects talent with opportunities, launches Ping, a user-friendly web-based app that matches students with postsecondary institutions and employers of interest – at a time when the nation has never needed it more.

Ping provides a place where employers and postsecondary schools can not only host their own virtual recruitment events, but get matched with the most interested and/or qualified high school students, college students and jobseekers.

“When the COVID cancellations started, we knew we had to ramp up efforts to bring Ping to market,” said Casey Welch, Tallo CEO and co-founder. “Even in person, it can be hard for students, schools and employers to get themselves in front of the people with whom they’re most strongly matched.”

After quickly and easily creating their profile and answering a handful of event-specific questions, students and jobseekers are matched to recruiters and given a score to reflect the strength of that match. Scores are awarded on a scale from 1 to 100, with higher scores indicating a great fit. Students and recruiters can view their match scores, and use them as a starting point for a conversation and further connection.

“In not only matching people together based on interests and goals, but telling them just how strong we believe that match to be, we are reshaping networking events to become more efficient than ever before,” said Welch. “Now, talent and talent seekers can use Ping to determine how to best utilize their networking time and resources.”

After evaluating their match scores, connecting is simple: Recruiters can send students a message – or vice versa – by “ping”-ing them to initiate or continue a conversation during or after an event.

Colleges and companies can join existing events or create their own. Ping is kicking things off with a Southeastern Health Science College Fair on Aug. 5, a California College Fair on Aug. 12, and a Diversity in STEM Career Fair in the fall. Talent seeker participants can connect with Tallo’s more than one million users.

“While connecting with students is always a fun challenge to embrace, this year we’re getting creative in the ways we’re hoping to connect with future Pitt Panthers,” said Lauren Wright, director of Undergraduate Recruitment for the University of Pittsburgh. “We’re looking forward to working with Ping as one of those creative solutions.”

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About Tallo

Tallo is the first online app that assists students in designing a career pathway, educators in recruiting top talent to their schools, and employers in developing a stable, continuous talent pipeline. Through a mobile digital portfolio, over one million students (age 13+) and professionals showcase their skills and abilities, receive personalized career guidance, match with over $20 billion in scholarships, and get directly connected with post-secondary institutions and companies looking for the next generation of talent. With Ping, Tallo’s event-focused web app designed to match students with employers and postsecondary institutions of interest, Tallo makes it even easier for the right people to connect at the right time – whether in-person or online. For more information, visit


Joanne Johnson

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