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Celebrating what it means to be an American this Independence Day!

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

Proud. Thankful. Equal. Patriotic.

These are the words that come to mind when I think about what it means to be an American.  It evokes feelings of happiness … to be able to speak my mind, protect my rights and pursue my dreams. It’s a great question to ask others since it can mean different things to different people.

Remember the song from the 80’s in which Lee Greenwood sings about why he is proud to be an American?  He speaks about freedom, and remembering those who fought for those rights and how there’s no place he’d rather be.      

In honor of Independence Day, listen to these Sodexo employees share their feelings on what being an American means to them.

You can be an individual

As you prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday this Fourth of July, I ask you to “wave that flag, wave it wide and high” and forever stand by our land. 

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

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Sodexo Employees Show their Pride During #LGBTPrideMonth

By Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

Every June, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated to promote equal rights, dignity and respect for all people.

At Sodexo, chapters of our employee business resource group PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) across the U.S. plan their annual PRIDE Provides events to benefit local LGBT communities.

Last year, I had the opportunity to join in the fun with my local chapter, selling raffle tickets to Chicago House Birdhouse Auction, attendees where I met Sodexo District Manager Gerald Lemmer (left) and Regional VP Joseph Cuticelli (right).

And while I wasn’t able to be there this year, I did catch up with Gerald to find out more about the 2015 event in Chicago and learn more about his experiences with Sodexo’s PRIDE group.

AA: What is your role within Sodexo’s PRIDE employee business resource group, and why did you initially become involved?

GL: I am the National Co-Communications Chair, and I got involved because I’ve seen the great things that Sodexo has accomplished with our diversity and inclusion efforts and wanted to be a part of that journey.
AA: Tell me more about this year’s PRIDE Provides event in Chicago.

GL: Members from the Illinois chapter volunteered to assist and act as ambassadors for the Human Rights Campaign during the Chicago Pride Festival by answering questions, greeting attendees, recruiting new members and handing out information.

AA: Why should other employees consider joining an employee business group like PRIDE?

GL: Employee groups like PRIDE offer the opportunity to network with Sodexo employees, as well as others in the community, while learning and educating them about our diversity and inclusive initiatives.

AA: How does Sodexo create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT employees?

GL: Sodexo provides education and builds awareness by having conversations on how to create an accepting work environment. If you’re true to yourself at Sodexo, many opportunities will come your way.


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Reaffirming our Commitment to LGBT #lovewins

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

On Friday, we join the United States in celebrating a historic ruling in favor of marriage equality.  The Supreme Court’s decision affirms the voices of more than 60% of Americans who believe that same-sex couples in the U.S. should have the constitutional right to marry and to experience the full measure of dignity, respect and equal treatment under the law.

As a company committed to advancing the well-being and quality of life of our LGBT colleagues and community members, we celebrate the victory wholeheartedly!

We are proud to offer domestic partner benefits to our same-sex partnered employees, provide health care benefits to our transgender employees and encourage our managers to join the PRIDE network group to share experiences and receive support.

We also received a perfect score once again on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, making us a great place for work!    

Bringing your whole self to work means more today than ever, so take a moment to acknowledge history in the making because #lovewins!

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Happy Anniversary Karen Graham!

By Guest Blogger Amy Brooks – Recruitment Manager

Growing up in the 70’s, The Flintstones was a regular show in my house.  I’m not sure if my interest was piqued more by the dinosaurs, saber-tooth cats, woolly mammoths and other long-extinct animals or Fred’s crazy shenanigans but naturally this catchy tune popped in my head when planning for your big day.   

I wanted to do something extra special for your 30 year anniversary with Sodexo to ensure that the celebration was a yabba dabba doo good time. After thinking more about this modern Stone Age family,   I discovered a how similar you are to Wilma!

1.  You got personality!   

Much like Wilma, you think quickly on your feet and can easily take control of any tough situation and turn it around to affect a positive outcome.  You are sharp, smart and have a quick wit.  Just as Wilma was passionate about her friends and family, you are also deeply passionate about providing stellar customer service to your hiring managers and candidates. (Not to mention you're also a spunky red head!)

2.  Did you know that Wilma and Fred both worked at the same resort before they met?  

We all know that you and your husband, Jim, both worked for Sodexo and thanks to matchmaker Arie Ball, your future was written in the stars and sealed after your first golf date. 

Still after all these year, Karen and Jim 
continue to be partners in golf and life!
While Jim’s stellar Sodexo career is coming to a close with his impending retirement (tomorrow), we are so very thankful that you have decided to stick around a bit longer to continue to send your hiring managers “slates” of great candidates. (We’re glad we don’t have to use an actual stone “slate” like Wilma would have had to!)

3.  In her younger years, Wilma became a reporter for one of Bedrock's newspapers, the Daily Granite.  

You also have a knack for storytelling evident in your Sodexo Careers Blog and Career Connections contributions.  You have a great way of connecting with our readers about life at Sodexo in a Food Service or Culinary role and sharing career advice and resume tips, making you a worthy Sodexo Brand Ambassador. 

4.  Wilma is known to be a good cook and one of her specialties is "gravelberry pie”.  

You apparently have made a name for yourself with family, friends and coworkers for your famous coconut cake.  I’m surprised that I still haven’t tried it but perhaps you can send one to me for my month-long birthday celebration this August.

5.  Finally, I learned that later on after Pebbles grows up and leaves home, Wilma started a successful catering business.  

Later in your Sodexo career you shifted gears to recruit catering managers and country club chefs as a member of the Talent Acquisition team.

Karen showcasing the GeriMenu for Senior Living Facilities 
back in the 1980's. 
It amazes me that you started your career with Sodexo right out of college as a Dietetic Technician/ Food Service Supervisor  and moved onward and upward to every management job that you now recruit for including;  Food Production & Retail, Catering, Culinary and Clinical Management and Multi-Site General Manager .  I think that shows incredible dedication, hard work and passion as well as great ability to manage relationships and effectively communicate as a leader.  

Most importantly, you always take the time to talk about your career path when candidates ask the question, “What could a Sodexo career look like for me?”  You include a little piece of yourself in every phone screen and every candidate conversation you conduct!

Because helping people achieve their work and life goals makes you happy, there is no doubt that your current position as Senior Recruiter and Top Talent Advisor is the perfect match for you at this point in your career.

Congratulations on this amazing milestone, Karen.  We are lucky to have you on our team!

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What motivates you as a Facilities Manager?

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

This spring Sodexo began conducting a survey to collect data from YOU (our candidates and others in the industry) regarding key drivers of selection and retention in facilities management jobs.  We are gathering these insights to better understand perspectives of the growing Facilities Management industry. 

On the heels of our World FM Day celebration, it’s a great time to share your insight and help us comprehend your career interests and motivators. 

So far, 31% of all respondents chose Sodexo as the employer with the best reputation citing reasons such as our innovative way of thinking, ample opportunities to grow,  investment in the future of our employees and being a best place to work for women.

There is no doubt engaged employees perform better and are happier in their position and when asked what top factors keep them in their Facilities Management role, we heard the ability to make a difference, every day bringing a new challenge and knowing that they matter to the organization.

We are also learning more about what motivates Facilities Managers to consider a new career, like compensation, career advancement and meaningful work.

What’s important to you?  Tell us about it in our 3-minute Reputation Survey!  

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Are You a New Clinical Grad? Jump Start Your Sodexo Career Today!

By Bina Vachhani, RD, Senior Recruiter

This article first appeared in the June issue of C@reer Connections, Sodexo's monthly e-newsletter. Sign up today!

With college graduations over, a new group of RD certification eligible candidates are ready to launch their careers – and what a great time to look into your future career with Sodexo, the largest private employer of Registered Dietitians in North America.

As a Registered Dietitian with Sodexo for the past 17 years, I’ve seen how students struggle with the saying “you need experience to get a job but you also need a job to gain experience.”

One resource to help guide you as you navigate this early stage of your career is the Sodexo Clinical Dietitian/Nutrition Careers microsite. The site offers on-demand webinars with insight into how to begin your dietetic career with Sodexo as well as tips on resume writing and interviewing skills. Additionally, the site provides other professional development resources and access to our clinical recruitment team so that you can connect with us via social media.

If you completed a Sodexo Dietetic Internship, then you know that Sodexo offers various clinical dietitian positions within Acute Care, Senior Living, Campus, K-12 Schools, Corporate and Government Services business segments.

One of the easiest ways to search for a career with Sodexo is to log into the Sodexo Career Center and create a job search agent so that you can stay up to date on current openings with notifications sent straight your e-mail inbox. You also can download the Sodexo Careers Jobs App to take your search mobile.

Early in my own career, I began as a Clinical Dietitian. But with the career growth opportunities offered by Sodexo, I was able to advance my career in a variety of roles, including Clinical Nutrition Manager and General Manager until I moved into a Senior Recruiter position with Talent Acquisition. At Sodexo, you can design a career path that keeps you engaged and motivated. 

Best of Luck on your new clinical career!

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It’s a Wrap – 2015 #WomeninES Forum

by Kristen Jacobs, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

Last month, our Environmental Services recruitment team partnered with a panel of
Sodexo’s experienced leaders to present the second annual Women in Environmental Services Forum.

This year’s topic was, “Career Development – Who’s Responsible?” and tackled both what’s in your control and out of your control when it comes to taking the next step in your career.  

If you missed the live forum, I suggest visiting our Environmental Services career website to watch the recorded sessions to gain some valuable insight and advice from the #WomeninES team. To give you an idea of the great content covered, I pulled a few sound bites for today’s blog.

In addition to the sound advice from Sodexo’s leaders, our recruitment team offers tips on succeeding in the hiring process. If you’re an external candidate looking to join the Sodexo team, you’ll learn how to prepare for our behavioral interview process with mock questions and scenarios. Current Sodexo employees will benefit from advice on updating your resume with your latest experience and business impacts.

Internal and external candidates alike can benefit from a strong review of what you’re in control of in the hiring process. 

My advice is to go all-in, taking no shortcuts, when it comes to preparing for the next step in your career.  As Amy Albright, Sodexo District Manager, said in the first Women in ES Session, put in the time and it will pay off!

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