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Recruiter Spotlight: Meli, This Week's @InsideZappos Social VIP

#InsideZappos, inside zappos, zapponian spotlight, zapponians, Zappos Careers, zappos core values, zappos culture, zappos employees, Zappos HR, zappos jobs, Zappos Recruiter Spotlight, Zappos Recruiters, Zappos Recruiting, zappos techGrowing up in Santa Fe, NM, I was always surrounded by culture and tradition. Although it was a small town, I always found something fun to do. I played softball, basketball, ran track, worked on my car, had a whole collection of animals, and played video games until the sun came up. My very favorite thing about this community was that everyone knew each other and it was very much like one big extended family. That small town feeling never escaped me.

Fast forward to 2007. Driving through Winslow, AZ, my grandmother couldn’t help but belt out the lyrics to that once so popular Eagles song. We were headed for Vegas to join our family for a reunion. Little did I know that the universe had something else in store for me and my life was about to change forever. I met my now husband of six years during that trip. He swept me off my feet and we had an instant connection. Living so far apart I never thought something so short would turn in to very much but a few months later, we decided to try to make things work and the rest was history. That is where my adventure in Las Vegas began.

For the next 5 years, I worked to become an HOA Manager.  I enjoyed working with the communities and helping the residents but never truly loved what I was doing. I knew I needed a change and luckily a friend and co-worker told me a little about Zappos. My first thought was “They get to wear pajamas to work and they believe in unicorns… Say what?!?! Zappos, where have you been all my life?”

I couldn’t help but explore all that Zappos had to offer and before long, I decided to take the plunge and apply. In August 2012, I started at Zappos as a Customer Loyalty Team (call center) member. I loved it! Coming to work was no longer a chore and I could wear a tutu to boot! If only I had found Zappos sooner.

I loved the culture, people, events, customers, service, charity work, and everything else that was Zappos. It meant so much to me that I decided I wanted to take my newfound passion to the next level. I progressed to the Scheduling Team and, with the help of my leads, was able to map out some goals for myself and start planning my career path.

My next move was applying for a temporary position called a Z’Apprenticeship as a Recruiting Assistant. During my interviews, the team was tough and asked me some off-the-wall questions to make sure I was the right piece to their jigsaw puzzle. As a final round, I was invited to happy hour with the whole team. It was at that moment that I knew I had found my calling.

I was lucky enough to be offered the position and asked to take on my role permanently a few months later. Since then, I have never stopped learning or falling in love with what I do and my work is a great joy in my life. The best part is working with our candidates and Zappos Insiders. Each day, I get to help people that hold that same passion and drive as I do and watch them become amazing contributors to the Zappos culture. What more could I ask for?

I don’t know what the future holds or where my Journey at Zappos may take me from here, but I am definitely enjoying the ride. I love that I was able to find the things that mattered to me the most growing up, in a company that I want to grow old with. Culture, community, family and a lot of shenanigans. Yep, I am home!   


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Jul 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm ChristineP29119 said:

Meli, I love your journey story of love and Zappos. I'm a true believer that when we're ready and willing, the Multiverse opens doors that lead to opportunities we couldn't even picture in our head, and that they will surely fill our heart if we make that leap of faith. You and the other recruiters and Zapponians inspire me daily as I participate in the Zappos Culture as an Insider. Who knows where I'll land in this leap, but wherever it is, thank you all for your encouragement and support. Love ya, Meli et al! Pep

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Jul 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm Lorraine278216 said:

Community is what we "humans" are created for. Nothing is as fulfilling or rewarding as a close knit family, whether by blood or by social connection. There is something magical about knowing that they are always there and have your back. So sad to see people chasing after things, things, things and never filling that emptiness inside that only real relationships can satisfy.

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Jul 12, 2014 at 4:40 am Nir278316 said:

Could not say it better!

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Feb 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm AllisonMattern said:

I love your story, partly because, as a new Zappos Insider and current teacher, I find it inspiring that you were able to transition from your former career to such a fulfilling new career at Zappos. My husband recently got a job working for MGM, so we're making the big move from West Virginia to Las Vegas very soon, and I'm excited to make a fresh start. Hopefully, a job at Zappos will be a part of it!