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3 Resources to Rapidly Find Talent in a Changing Economic Landscape

Tips for Quick Hiring

April 22, 2020

As the world is adapting to uncertain times, many Greater Des Moines (DSM) companies large and small are suddenly navigating unchartered territory. For some, that might mean an increase in demand for their products, supplies or services — which could also mean an increased need for talented staff to help meet their business goals.

3 Tips for Quick Hiring

When speed is of the essence, these three resources will quickly and efficiently secure the workforce your DSM company needs to scale-up in response to increased business demand:

1. DSM Employment Ready

The Greater Des Moines Partnership DSM Employment Ready initiative is designed to assist companies in need of immediate temporary workers, as well as DSM workers who have been impacted due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this initiative, The Partnership is maintaining a list of DSM companies looking to rapidly hire for open positions, as well as serve as a resource for employers and employees with up-to-date information relating to State and Federal assistance programs.

2. Partnership Career Center

The Partnership’s Career Center website is like a dating site for job seekers and employers. Job seekers fill out a profile to share their past experience and indicate career interests, applying for jobs on the site. Employers can post job openings directly to the site and are also able to comb through the active job seeker resumes to proactively reach out to prospective candidates that fit the bill for their hiring needs. We have also added a “Hire Now” feature to spotlight those immediate need opportunities you may have. Additionally, the Career Center site scrapes job postings from Indeed, so employers need not double up on their efforts to cross-promote. Currently the site has more than 14,000 job postings including hundreds of part-time, contract, seasonal and internship positions.

3. Member Directory

As you adjust to new ways of doing business, you may find a need for professional expertise that you don’t have on staff. Reference our robust Member Directory featuring 6,500+ business listings for your service-based needs such as agencies for marketing, public relations, graphic design and social media; data processing and analysis; IT management; strategic planning; and many more. Supporting local businesses truly supports the local community and economy.

Other hiring resources that might be of interest:

Additionally, we’re here to help. The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s mission is to serve as the economic and community development organization for DSM — and that means supporting businesses with their hiring needs, as well as job seekers with employment opportunities.

Contact me today at mbontrager@DSMpartnership or (515) 286-4957 if there are additional ways we can support you and your business at this time.

Mary Bontrager

Mary Bontrager serves as executive vice president of talent development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, where she leads efforts to recruit and retain talent to the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region. Bontrager currently serves on Grand View University Board of Trustees, Girl Scouts of Iowa Board, South Central Iowa STEM Advisory Council and several advisory committees for Future Ready Iowa.