HELP WANTED: New Way To Recruit Employees

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.


Comments are closed.