Lots of companies say they just can't find help good help these days but one start-up in Des Moines is changing the way they search.
At DomiKnow, a digital marketing company out of Des Moines, a resume and cover letter doesn't cut it.
"You can't see in a resume that someone is going to show up to work on time,” said Bryan Webber, chief marketing officer for DomiKnow.
The company needs five more employees and came up with a creative, unorthodox way to find them. They created the Jumpstart Games.
It's a weekend long tryout designed to find creative individuals who can actually do the job they're applying for. Real-life scenarios are designed to test the applicant’s ability to work as part of a team and with promoting companies through social media.
“They're also getting thrown different kinds of competitions like creative writing and graphic design competitions,” Webber said.
Hannah Jones, a marketing graduate from Graceland University in Lamoni and Andrea Doubleday, a former student at DMACC may not stand out in a stack of papers.
Here they can prove that an impressive resume sometimes is only ink deep.
"They're going to see who you are and how you work on a team. You can't fake yourself for two days,” Jones said.
"Here I get to be myself and sparkle and show that I’m brighter than my black and white resume,” Doubleday said.
DomiKnow hopes to host the Jumpstart Games four times a year as the company continues to grow. It currently employs 20 people.