Imagine. A simple question:
Can You Draw a Bicycle?
…Led to an incredible, epic conversation about how people can approach life in order to open their hands to more opportunity.
We’ve been really fortunate at Duma Works from the start to have built an incredible company culture centered around taking time to help each other grow, pushing ourselves to test something new everyday, and upholding a collaborative workspace so no one department is ever working on a challenge by themselves.
When we began doubling our team every year, we took the time to officially codify these standards into our Company Culture Playbook. Essentially, our Bible.
Laszlo Bock, the Head of People Operations at Google, writes in his book Work Rules! Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead that people often approach the job interview and hiring in the same way that Garrison Keillor describes the fictional town of Lake Wobegon, a place where “all the children are above average.”
Laszlo comments that hiring is something we all think we are great at, but “we never go back to check if we are, and so we never get better.”
We always think we are all above average at interviewing…but when do we really check that assumption?
Hiring Managers and Recruiters have the interesting challenge to find top talent before ever meeting the candidates.
In the past, the CV or Resume has been used as a quick way to determine the candidates’ employability for the job advertised.
When we were still using the post office and communicating via snail mail, this made sense. But in today’s digital age, we have so many more data points about candidates to explore to determine their fit and ultimately find that top talent we are looking for.
But this is going to take time…
Here are all the reasons why it is important to complete your Duma Works Professional Profile.
A lot of people have come to us in the last few months asking us why we have an SMS-based system as well as a website, so we thought we would share!
Duma Works launched on the principle that no job opportunity should get lost – Especially in a place where unemployment levels are so high.
When we launched Duma Works in Nakuru in 2012, our initial target group was painters, plumbers, outreach officers, and electricians. We decided that in an effort to be super accessible, we would communicate with job applicants over SMS. SMS is the quickest, and most effective way to get a job alert.
We built a system where job seekers could sign up, create a professional profile, and apply for jobs over SMS.
And, we have worked with amazing institutions like Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, Connected Kenya, and more to build this incredible technology.
We are excited by what we have achieved in the past. You can also read more about our history here.
Looking forward, Duma Works has evolved and has become a platform serving a wide swath of job applicants – From painters and plumbers, to Operations Managers, Waitresses, Marketing Executives, Sales Representatives, Country Directors, and more…all over East Africa.
To keep up with our changing user base, we built a website portal to accompany our SMS log-in. We aim to delight and surprise people with the ease of our online platform, where you can create a profile and apply for jobs. Create a free profile on Duma Works today.
Our product team is hard at work making things better for our amazing users (you guys!) at all times.
Right now, we are cooking up some big things that will make applying to a job even simpler. If you want to get involved in our beta testing of new platform updates, let us know by filling out this form:
We are so excited to keep evolving with you all, and continuing to help you advance in your career. As always, if you have feedback on our platform, tweet us @DumaWorks, chat us up on Intercom (the bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of dumaworks.com), or call 0702093793.