This post was guest-written by Kathy Smith-Willman, Director of People Operations.
At Bazaarvoice, when we hire, it’s about much more than just work. Sure, job skills are absolutely essential, but it’s also important to have fun.
As we continue to (thankfully) grow our customer base, we need more Community Managers than ever, so we had a happy hour last week at a local watering hole here in Austin. Dozens of our employees spread the word via their Facebook and Twitter accounts (as well as through our own), and we had more than 100 attendees!
Community Managers (our version of Account Management) have one of the most exciting jobs at Bazaarvoice – they’re on the front lines of changing a client’s business. There have been several blog posts about cool things clients have done with Community Managers: Urban Outfitters features top reviewers in emails, James Avery customers share more than 1,000 Mother’s Day stories, and Home Depot innovates with their Answer Depot. So this event was humming with activity.
While we met a lot of great candidates for jobs across the organization, we also got a lot of “thanks” from people attending. As the job market tightens, it’s tough – and isolating – to look for a new job, and we tried to make it as fun a process as possible. It means a lot to us to brighten even one person’s day, and we’re lucky enough to have a fun group of people to socialize with.
Our CEO, Brett Hurt, got a nice email from an attendee, Clayton Clabaugh, after the event: “Between what I’ve seen from Austin Bootstrap, your website and meeting some of the team last evening you seem to have put together a really special organization.”
And we continue to get creative people interviewing with us. This guy tweeted about the website and music video he created, and within a few minutes, the entire company was watching. We’re keeping you on the list, Matthew Price.
It’s true – Bazaarvoice is a fun place to work, and we’re hiring – across the whole company.