Beachbody: Attracting Talent Using C.H.O.P.S.

May 14, 2015

As a fitness instructor for 10+ years, I’ve known about Beachbody and their products for some time. If you’ve seen the P90X or Insanity workout infomercials, then you know Beachbody. What I did not know until very recently, is they aren’t just experts in fitness, they’re also experts in executing employment branding.

Got C.H.O.P.S.? The 5-Point Checklist for Employment Branding Success

When building an employment brand for recruiting, our research at CAREEREALISM shows sophisticated job seekers expect employers to showcase more than their benefits and perks. To attract the best talent, you need to display C.H.O.P.S. In other words, you need to be:

  • Compelling
  • Honest
  • Original
  • Proud
  • Social

Beachbody has C.H.O.P.S. - even if they don’t recommend them for dinner! (They’d much rather see you drink a little Shakeology.)

Kidding aside, let’s see what they are doing right…

Compelling = A First Impression That Hits Home

If you look at their Careers Page on LinkedIn, you’ll see their banner photo says it all:

Decide. Commit. Succeed.

This isn’t a warm, fuzzy message about how much you’ll love working there. This is a statement about what they believe - and what they want you to believe if you work there. That’s compelling.

And, with 22,800+ followers, they know it’s working. Why? Studies show 70%+ of professionals following you on LinkedIn are doing so because they are interested in working for your company. That’s a heck of a talent pool for Beachbody to pull from.


Honest = No Apologies For Who They Are

Scroll down Beachbody’s Careers page on LinkedIn and you’ll find what they call their “Core Purpose,” a collection of core values that define how they operate in order to achieve their goal as a business to end obesity. Read through and you’ll find they're no-nonsense about how the operate. In fact, instead of begging you to join their team, they simply say:

“That's how we operate. If you can get onboard
with these values, then you can get with us.”

A pretty blunt way of making sure only the right people apply.


Original = Their Hiring Video is Like their Infomercials

Instead of a typical video showcasing employees going on and on about what it’s like to work there, Beachbody used it’s marketing savvy and confident style to produce a video that showcases how their approach to business affects their approach to employment. You’ll either love it or hate it - and that’s the point.

Proud = Providing Jobs & Changing Lives

Visit their own company careers page and you’ll see the story of their growth over the last 17 years is something they are proud of. More importantly, their impact on millions of lives is clearly what they see as their single greatest achievement.


Social = They’re Everywhere!

Beachbody understands they need to not only be on social media, they need to be active on social media. Visit their LinkedIn Careers page and you’ll find links to all their social channels. Just like working out everyday, they are contributing daily on all the major social media outlets. Even their CEO, Carl Daikeler is tweeting daily.

carl daikeler on twitter

Exercise & Employment Branding Have A Lot In Common

The takeaway from this is that getting good at employment branding is just like getting good at exercise:

  1. It’s not rocket science, but it does take a little time and effort.
  2. You can do it anytime and anywhere.
  3. A little bit every day is better than none at all.
  4. You have to find what works for you and stick with it.
  5. The more you do it, the stronger you get.
  6. Once you get into it, you’ll be hooked.
  7. The results can make you very happy.

So, next time you think, “Ugg. I know I should be showcasing my company’s employment brand, but I’m too busy and tired. I’ll do it tomorrow,” remember this article and instead say, “No more excuses. Today’s the day I start to show off my company’s employment brand so I can attract the hot talent we want and deserve.”


J.T. O’Donnell is the founder and CEO of CAREEREALISM Media, which specializes in helping companies attract top talent by featuring and promoting their employment brand. Check out their FREE e-guide on inbound recruiting and the power it has to help drive the right candidates to your inbox.

* image by Beachbody

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