Is Zappos’ Radical Approach to Recruiting Right for You?


"Yesterday’s Advisor featured BLR legal editor Jasmin Rojas’ take on Zappos’ new approach to recruiting—all on social media, no postings. In this issue, more of her thoughts about how you may learn from their initiative."

In the past year, Zappos received about 31,000 applications, and only hired about 1.5% of the applicants. This prevented the company’s small recruiting team from “working in a purposeful way,” according to Mike Bailen, senior HR manager. Thus, the onus here will really be on the candidate to make him or herself stand out from the crowd in a much less impersonal setting.

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No More Job Posting for Zappos—Will It Work?


"You’re just getting used to posting jobs online, here comes pacesetting Zappos with a whole nother approach—do away with your job postings and rely on social media! Wait. … What?"

Bold Experiment or Crazy Idea?

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But, Jerk, Lazy, I Don’t Have Time, and OK Are Not OK


"In yesterday’s Advisor, we began consultant Darlene Price’s list of 10 phrases that successful managers avoid. Today, the rest of the list."

Go here for numbers 1 to 6 of Price’s phrases to avoid. Price (www.wellsaid.com) is the author of the book Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results.

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10 Phrases That Undermine Your Success


"There are certain words and phrases that managers should avoid if they want to be successful communicators, says Darlene Price, author of the book Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results. She offers 10 phrases that you should never utter."

To successfully communicate, says Price (www.wellsaid.com), you have to learn to present yourself and your message effectively. You’ve got to know your audience members and tailor your content to meet their needs. And you’ve got to be sincere, natural, enthusiastic and passionate, maintain good eye contact, and be calm and polite.

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HR Policies—What’s Happening in the Real World?


"Policies, backbone of HR management, a world that’s constantly changing. What policy changes are going on out there? What are your competitors up to? Help us find out!"

Please participate in our brief survey, and see how what you are doing stacks up against what other successful companies are doing.

We’ll get answers to these questions and more:

  • Who develops policies? Who has final approval of policies?
  • How often are policies updated?
  • Do you have a policy on social media background checks?
  • What outside vendors do you use for background checks?

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