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

I guess you could call me somewhat of a rarity here in Las Vegas. My Grandparents moved here in the early 1950s and soon after, they had my dad. Add about 30 years to that story when my dad met my mom and – ta da – I came into this world. Being a Vegas native, let alone a second generation Vegas native, is pretty rare here. Most residents are Vegas transplants, but we natives do exist, as uncommon as we may be.

  #InsideZappos, inside zappos,zapponian spotlight, zapponians, Las Vegas natives, zappos core values, zappos culture, zappos employees, Zappos Family, Zappos Human Resources, Zappos Recruiter Spotlight, Zappos Recruiters, Why all this history about me you ask? Well, being born and raised here in Las Vegas, one of the most common questions I get is, “Do you ever plan on leaving?” Great question! Let’s talk about it. I have friends who are from all over the world and have lived in many different places. Sometimes I think about what it would be like to start new somewhere else and as exciting and great as it sounds, I always come back to the realization that I love Las Vegas. It’s my home.

Just call me Oprah as here are some of my favorite things (in no specific order) – The bearable winters, hot summers, Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston, Red Rock, downtown, great restaurants (I’m a huge foodie), Vegas shows, great shopping, 24-hour everything, being only a few hours away from the beach and Zion National Park. But the one thing I definitely cannot leave off of this list is Zappos.

Zappos moved to Nevada in 2004, and it’s still crazy to me that it took me, a Vegas native, eight years to find them. I often ask myself, “What took you so long?”  Either way, I found Zappos and I love it.

I first started within CLT (Customer Loyalty Team) where I wowed our customers who called in. I had never experienced a better job before this. My background was in HOA management so Zappos was like Disneyland to me. Almost a year into Zappos I knew I wanted to be in recruiting, and just my luck, there was an opening!

Five interviews later, I found out I didn’t get the job. Super sad, I know. I was bummed but I was determined. Core value #9 – Be Passionate & Determined, is my favorite core value. I took the feedback I received to heart and I did all that I could to make sure the next time would be the right time. In January of this year another position opened up and I couldn’t have been more excited, but scared all the same time. After a couple more interviews, I had my feedback session where I was told I didn’t get the position again, just to be surprised by the whole team in the hallway to tell me I did. Yes! Now I am here, writing this blog.

One of the many things that Zappos has done to make my list of favorite things is that this company never stops surprising me. Big surprises, little surprises, all kinds of surprises. The biggest reason I love Zappos is because they let me be me, the real me. I have never felt more comfortable in my own skin than I have since day one here. 

When you live in a world with so much judgment, it’s refreshing to spend 40 hours a week with none of those shenanigans. I’m a 26-year old-guy with gel nails and I love it. My team loves it. My Zappos family loves it. Core Value # 3 – Create Fun and a Little Weirdness – one of my daily mantras. Next week will be my two-year anniversary and here’s to hoping for many more!




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Aug 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm Nolan280230 said:

Great post Cody! Much Las Vegas history in your blood. What's your favorite local pizza place there?

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Aug 8, 2014 at 9:32 pm Cody M. said:

Thanks Nolan! Right now, Pizza Rock here Downtown has my heart (and my belly). You should try it sometime. It's delicious!

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Aug 9, 2014 at 8:25 am steven280269 said:

it is not easy for a women or girl to buy the large size shoes ,and also make it fit well, usually ,tall woman is more difficult to find the suitable shoes ,my feet are little fat ,i often wear US 13 ,i bought from a custom shoes seller named onlymaker, they have much experience in big or large sizes in women shoes,wide range of sizes to selecte,shoes same as they described,maybe you can have a try.

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Aug 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm Elliott280281 said:

I'm a Foodie, too. Recently got an ice cream machine through "Buy Nothing" for my neighborhood. I've been making blue cheese ice cream and avocado ice cream. The blue cheese ice cream goes great with steak! I think I might be a future Zapponian. Like they say, if the shoe fits...hopefully couture.

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Aug 11, 2014 at 5:19 pm Tami280449 said:

Thank you for sharing Cody!

I had the pleasure of talking with you via your encouraging emails during the interview process. I am looking forward to becoming a Zapponian. I know it is just a matter of time. Being "passionate and determined" is the one thing that allows me to shoot for the stars. I wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors.

Thanks, Tami R

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Aug 19, 2014 at 7:24 am jyballerina said:

Note to self...Pizza Rock. ASAP.

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Aug 24, 2014 at 5:25 am Kimmie J said:

Hey, you can't tease us with the comment about the gel nails and then not show them. C'mon. Let's see 'em...

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Aug 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm Aftyn281574 said:

Just took a picture with this handsome fellow today with some of my fello NHT members! So excited to join this family! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!