As one of the newest members of Sodexo’s Talent Acquisition team, I have a pretty fresh perspective on the hiring process, so I thought I’d share a bit about my experience.
Deciding to take the next step in your career is not easy. It can be frustrating, exhilarating and a little terrifying. (Fear of rejection, anyone?) Armed with a fresh resume, a lot of research and a positive attitude, I was ready for the challenge.
Looking back, I felt a little like a contestant on The Bachelor. Imagine the prep work that goes into being on a dating show. You want to look your best to make a great first impression. (Like a resume.) You prepare a witty/genuine/smart elevator speech for your one-on-one to sell yourself as the perfect match. (Ready for your phone screen?) Finally, you step out of the limo and meet for the first time. (Interview!) Is there a connection?
As much as I wanted to be “the one”, I was also focused on finding a company that was the right match for me. The connection needed to run both ways. I wanted to believe in the mission, vision and culture.
While doing my research on Sodexo, a few statements really made an impression.
“Sodexo is committed to the growth, training and development of its employees to ensure job satisfaction and employee retention. In fact, 80% of managers are promoted from within.”
What does that mean to me? I’ll be empowered to create my own career path within Sodexo. They’ll support my growth as a professional, encouraging me to expand my skills and offer opportunities for promotion.
“Sodexo promotes a Flexible Work Arrangement Program, which was designed to improve personal and professional well-being, while enhancing productivity, improving job satisfaction and moral.”
What does that mean to me? Work-life balance is a priority to many people; including me. This shows me that the company not only values the quality of life for its clients, but also its employees.
“We believe in meaningful work. With 95% of employees in direct contact with consumers, you will be contributing to the Quality of Life of those you serve.”
What does that mean to me? For me, meaningful work is extremely fulfilling. I want to know that my contributions are making an impact.
“Sodexo promotes a culture that embraces diversity, including gender, race, generations, people with disabilities and sexual orientation. Our commitment is to developing talent in an inclusive community.”
What does that mean to me? That I’ll be working alongside the most talented team possible!
And just like the selection process on The Bachelor (albeit a little less adventurous), the hiring process is designed to find the right candidate for the job. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, but for the relationship to last, the connection needs to be mutual. I’m glad to have accepted the final rose and look forward to sharing more of my experiences at Sodexo in in my monthly blog contributions.
What makes a company the right fit for you?