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Chief Chefs: A Rare Encounter

By Guest Blogger Mackee Bancroft, Executive Chef Manager, Sodexo - Campus Food Services

Frybread.  Mutton stew.  Navajo tacos.  Steam corn. These food dishes have one thing in common – the Navajo Reservation. The Navajo culture emphasizes the importance and beauty of plants and crops, and therefore the people have an undying relationship to food which brings nourishment and healing - it is a treasure and a way of life for the Navajo people.

Executive Chef Mackee Bancroft 
San Juan College, NM
I had the pleasure of visiting the first tribal university that was recently accredited by the American Culinary Federation – the Navajo Technical University (NTU). NTU is located in northwest New Mexico, on the Eastern edge of the Navajo Reservation in a small town called Crownpoint.

The drive to this school was fascinating - the land beautifully exposed its mesas, plateaus, and agriculture for miles. As I was approaching the town, I saw a tall beautiful white horse overlooking the community and the only thought that I had was a pleasant one, “Is this the billboard that welcomes us to Crownpoint?”
Just before I could assume this culinary school in the middle of the desert to be a mirage, I arrived at the state-of-the-art culinary and hospitality building. It was a dream come true - the doors opened and my heart raced as I saw a kitchen full of Navajo students in chef uniforms. I walked in as they were receiving instruction of banquets and catering and I was immediately humbled by their eagerness to learn.
In the midst of an American Indian and European fusion, I met NTU’s Director of Food Service and Executive Chef Robert Witte - he was definitely a chef with an “i,” a “chief” who loved his tribe of rare Indian chefs in the making. My engagement was to introduce careers at Sodexo and possibly recruit some of these “Chief Chefs.” It was a historical moment as the students refocused their gaze on my presence – I was one of them, an American Indian with a culinary passion!

I explained to the students how Sodexo has a myriad of culinary training to keep them above the cutting edge. For example, Sodexo goes one step further for our chefs by closely partnering with the American Culinary Federation (ACF) to develop a mentoring program to help them prepare for certifications. Additionally, the Sodexo Culinary Board partners with Talent Acquisition to deliver a three-part webinar series aimed at career advancement. Chefs who participate in the series earn continuing education credits that are recognized by the ACF.

As Native American Heritage Month comes to a close, I am proud to share my story as a Chief Chef. If you are looking for a place where appreciation for cultural heritage is woven into the culture and where plentiful opportunities for personal and professional growth awaits you, then Sodexo is the employer for you! 


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Sodexo’s Culture is Driven by People with a Desire to Do the Right Thing

By Kristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

Mike and Meghan Moore
(My sister and brother-in-law)
With Veterans Day and Military Family Appreciation Month this November, it’s an honor to recognize the men and women who serve our country, but also the family members who support their commitment. My sister and brother-in-law are stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, where Mike is an Army Captain. Recently relocating from Colorado Springs, and far away from family in Minnesota, Mike’s commitment is certainly a family affair. They’re in this as a team, with Meghan’s support and sacrifice equally as honorable as Mike’s.

One of my recent projects was launching our brand new career website for veterans. Working on the site, I was proud of the many resources Sodexo provides for military families, including guidance and resources through HONOR, Sodexo’s Military Resource Group. Moving is a part of military life, which usually means leaving friends, family and jobs behind, only to start over somewhere new. For military spouses, working for a company like Sodexo means the opportunity to take your career with you, with positions available across the globe.

As a Pro-Patria Award recipient and U.S. Department of Defense Freedom Award recipient for exceptional support of our company’s citizen soldiers, Sodexo’s support also extends to the National Guard and reserve.

In a recent conversation with one of our Sodexo heroes, Kandy Grenier, Senior Director in Human Resources, we talked about balancing a career with a reserve commitment. Kandy retired from the US Navy Reserves as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in July 2010. And as the spouse of a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, Kandy knows first-hand the many challenges and sacrifices that impact military families. 

Serving in the Reserves as a Heavy Equipment Operator, Kandy was looking to gain a completely different type of experience than her business degree in college. “Our focus was logistics from ship to shore,” said Kandy, “often partnering with the US Army or Marine Corps on construction projects, like building a pier from shore or campsites near water. Many people are surprised to hear that after twenty years in the US Navy Reserves, I’ve never been on a ship!”

Kandy Grenier, Sr. Director, Human Resources, Sodexo
Retired Sr. Chief Petty Officer, US Navy Reserves

The skills learned while on duty proved to be a valuable asset to her career, but it wasn’t without challenges. “It was an opportunity in balance and time management. As I moved up in rank, I took on additional responsibilities,” Kandy explained. “Leading a Reserve detachment of 40-45 people often required an additional twenty plus hours per month, in addition to my commitment and day job.”

As two organizations with global reach, I was curious if Kandy found other similarities between Sodexo and the Reserves. “They share a focus on wanting to do the right thing. It’s expected and trained in the military, but the Sodexo culture is driven by people with a desire to do the right thing. Sodexo strives to be an employer of choice and hires people who share our passion about helping others and doing the right thing.”

These similarities make hiring military leaders a win-win. Sodexo gains managers with ambition, drive, tenacity, and self-confidence, while veterans are able to put their transferrable leadership skills - like time management, problem solving, technical knowledge and facilities/maintenance management – towards a promising career.  If you are a veteran or active in the reserves and Kandy’s story inspires you, then read more from our heroes at!   

If you have a passion to help others and do the right thing, you will thrive in your position at Sodexo. Like the military, there are limitless development, growth and mobility opportunities for those who train hard, hone their skills and have an appetite for learning. 

I’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to Mike and Meghan in Maryland, to our Sodexo Heroes and their families, and to all of my friends, family and neighbors who have served our country!  

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Job Search Questions? Connect with 70+ Sodexo Recruiters on Twitter

By Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

Got a question about your job search? While we have an extensive amount of resources available to you online, including our discipline-specific careers sites, talent community and this blog, sometimes you just want a quick answer from an actual person. Enter social media.

In the day of social media, connecting with people has become easier than ever, and over 70 members of the Sodexo USA Talent Acquisition team are active on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. In fact, in the past year alone, Sodexo has been recognized as one of the most responsive employers in America and named a North American Candidate Experience Award winner.

To make it easy, we have compiled a list of our team members on Twitter by discipline, as well as other Sodexo accounts that you can follow, retweet and converse with.

Get started below, and don’t forget to follow @SodexoCareers for access to the latest job seeker news, career opportunities and more.

Happy tweeting!

@Arie_Ball   Arie Ball, Vice President, Sourcing and Talent Acquisition

@CRada  Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager 

@SodexoCareers  Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

Facilities Management, Engineering and I.T. Recruiters
Learn more about Facilities Management  or IT careers

@ScottNSherman   Scott Sherman, Director - Talent Acquisition

@SodexoGina   Gina Smethurst, Recruitment Manager

@JenMacias   Jen Macias, Recruitment Manager

@AmberAlmeida   Amber Almeida

@curry_lisa   Lisa Curry

@SodexoAmy    Amy DavinCho

@SodexoJHall   Judy Hall

@BMHesse   Bryan Hesse

@Sarahoh   Sarah Huff

@SodexoYvonne  Yvonne Schuster

@DoreenSettles   Doreen Settles

@LaurenSigmon1   Lauren Sigmon

@SodexoMonica   Monica Sims

@Rachel_Sodexo   Rachel Stamm

Registered Dietitian Recruiters
Learn more about Registered Dietitians careers

@FullerLorna   Lorna Fuller, Recruitment Manager

@MindiG   Mindi Gale

@DMayse   Darla Mayse

@MooreP508   Pat Moore

@LSchmeck   Lisa Schmeck

@SodexoBina    Bina Vachhani

Environmental Services/Housekeeping Management Recruiters

@SodexoAnthony   Anthony Scarpino, Senior Director - Talent Acquisition

@SodexoAndrew   Andrew Wagle, Recruitment Manager

@TamiCarter   Tami Carter

@LisaClosson   Lisa Closson

@SodexoPatti  Patti Daiber

@MariaHouchins   Maria Houchins

@Sedone   Jo Klingberg

@SodexoBrad   Brad Tomaski

Culinary & Food Service Recruiters
Learn more about Culinary careers

@LisaaGarden   Lisa Garden, Senior Director - Talent Acquisition

@SuzThompson   Suzanne Thompson, Recruitment Manager

@SodexoAmyB   Amy Brooks, Recruitment Manager

@Efeury   Emily Feury, Recruitment Manager

@SodexoTrisha   Trisha Gary, Recruitment Manager

@DfDeluca   Daniela Deluca

@PDurvasula   Padma Durvasula

@LoisEdwards19   Lois Edwards

@SodexoKEmmart   Kathy Emmart

@SForeacre   Susan Foreacre

@LilibethGarci5   Lilibeth Garcia

@SodexoDanielle   Danielle Gordon 

@KarenGraham   Karen Graham

@Rhagos   Rahel Hagos

@HCFoodRecruit   Nanette Harty

@SodexoTracie Tracie Hoffman

@SodexoBreah   Breah James

@SodexoSandy   Sandy Joiner

@AngelaKerkman   Angela Kerkman

@SodexoColleen   Colleen McKie

@ShariMcneeley   Sharon McNealey

@VMorgangipson   Vickie Morgan-Gipson

@SodexoRachel  Rachel Nicholson

@DebbiO   Debbi Oryzak 

@JStoberl  Janet Stoberl

@JStrassburger   Jeanne Strassburger

@KStrohmyer   Kris Strohmyer

@AmySodexoTaylor   Amy Taylor

@DerrenThompson   Derren Thompson 

@ShaneTirpak   Shane Tirpak

@ChristineTurkal   Christine Turkal

@HelenAtSodexo   Helen Winter

@Greg_York   Greg York

@coral0827 Coral Zelachowski

Corporate Headquarters Recruiters

@AD_Sodexo  Ayershia Dastgir 

@StJohn_Amanda  Amanda St. John

Diversity & College Recruiting Team

@SMichelleThomas   Michelle Robinson, Director

Executive Recruiting Team
Learn more about Sales careers

@SValderrama   Sherie Valderrama, Talent Acquisition Senior Director

@nmk_1022   Neil Kilgallon

@BudMason   Bud Mason

@Stewartmd  Mark Stewart

@JuneThompson1   June Thompson

@Jtschilar   Jennifer Tschilar

Other Sodexo Tweeps

@SodexoApryl  Apryl Fleming, Manager, Training and Projects

@SodexoTrish   Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager

@SodexoKristen  Kristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

@SodexoSetoria   Setoria Key

@SodexoHeather  Heather Thomas, Strategic Sourcer

@SodexoChatice   C. McCoy Yarborough, Strategic Sourcer

@SodexoUSA   Sodexo Corporate Communications

@SodexoJobs   Job postings from Sodexo USA

@SodexoGroup   Official voice of Sodexo Group Worldwide

@SodexoChefs   Where Sodexo culinarians engage, share information, highlight community service and share their masterpieces

@SodexoDiversity   News from Sodexo's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

@StopHungerUSA   Sodexo Foundation updates on efforts to help stop hunger

@Mindful_Sodexo   Mindful by Sodexo strives to make it an easy choice for you to enjoy a healthier lifestyle

@QoL_Observer   Exploring Quality of Life and its impact on organizations

@SodexoUKJobs@SodexoPrestige and @SodexoCanada   Our global colleagues 

Sodexo-Related Twitter Lists

·         Sodexo Recruiters

·         Sodexo Dietitian Recruiters

·         Sodexo Executive Recruitment Team  

·         Sodexo Food Recruiters 

·         Sodexo Facilities Recruiters

·         Sodexo Housekeeping Recruiters  

·         Sodexo IT Recruiters

·         Sodexo College Recruiters

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We want you this Veterans Day!

By Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager for Talent Acquisition

Today, we honor our veteran employees and their families for the extraordinary sacrifices that they have made. But when it comes to hiring this group of men and women who have served our nation, the conversation happens all year long.

At Sodexo, we have been recognized many times for our company's support of employee veterans, guard members and reservists and for our recruitment efforts to employ military members and their families. We are recipient of the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of our nation's defense, once again listed as a G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Employer for the seventh year in a row.

To support our nation's military families and those who transition into the civilian workforce, Sodexo takes a proactive approach to ensuring your success.

Hiring Heroes

We are keenly interested in hiring, supporting and retaining military veterans and reservists because your leadership, management, logistical and technical experiences in the military are directly transferable to Sodexo's business needs. Our recruiters are trained to understand your military job titles, grades and ranks and can provide you information about how your skills align. Additionally, you can enter their Military Occupation Classification (MOC) into our crosswalk to identify similar civilian careers at Sodexo!

Networking and Learning Opportunities

The Sodexo business resource group HONOR – Honoring Our Nation's finest with Opportunity and Respect – launched on Veterans Day in 2009 to provide support, guidance and resources to employees and families connected to the military. HONOR members coordinate and take part in training, fundraiser and recognition events, in addition to veteran-specific job fairs.

Improving your Quality of Life

Through a partnership with Lifeworks, you will have access to resources and counseling to assist with managing personal issues at work or home, including:

  • Maintaining a Strong Relationship through Deployments and Separations 
  • Ways to Support a Co-Worker or Friend Whose Loved One Has Been Deployed
  • Supporting Employees Returning from Military Duty
  • What to Send Someone Who Is Deployed

And, as part of our ongoing support of the Joining Forces initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to serve and support military service members, veterans and their families, we pledge to hire and train more veterans and military spouses like you in the private sector and continue our ongoing focus on strengthening the company's existing military-friendly programs.

To learn more about career opportunities, visit Sodexo Hires Heroes. Happy Veterans Day!

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Get Your Creative Juices Flowing for This Sodexo Careers Contest!

By Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

If you’re a member of our Talent Community or follow Sodexo Careers on any of the social media channels, you may have seen our recent announcement about the latest update to our mobile Jobs app.

With over 23,000 applications and nearly 400 hires from the app in under three years, there’s no question that it has become a popular and valuable job search tool.

One question that does remain, however, is who exactly is that smiling, waving mascot attached to many of our communications.

Since February 2015 will mark the three year anniversary of the app’s release, we decided it was time to officially give our mascot a name. That’s where you come in!

How it Works
  1. Starting NOW, you have 10 days to make your submission on Twitter by sharing your idea for a name and tagging @SodexoCareers
  2. On 11/14, the voting period will begin online and will last for another 10 days. Everyone who submits an idea will be notified with the link to vote and share with friends.
  3. Once the voting period has ended, the submission with the most votes will be declared the winner.
What’s in it For Me?

Well, it’s fun, but we’ll give you a little more incentive than that. Not only will the winning name be forever a part of the Sodexo Jobs app, you will also get a shout out on the blog and our social channels when we announce the winner AND a $50 gift card.

So get those creative juices flowing, and you could go down in Sodexo Careers history! 

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Varied Careers in Information Technology Bring Professional Satisfaction

By Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager

In today’s education and career environments, the buzz word is “STEM” – which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Simply stated, STEM careers are hot.

When we take a closer look at the T for technology, there are careers from software engineers to web developers, mobile application developers to cloud architects, and from networking specialists to those who work on the frontline helping others with technological troubleshooting. IT careers are as varied as the myriad number of ice cream flavors available.

Amy Fularz
Manager, Application & Production Support
Amy Fularz, Manager, Application and Production Support, talks about the exciting opportunities in her own career with Sodexo:

What led you to your current position at Sodexo? 

I was a consultant in Information Technology for 13 years prior to coming to Sodexo, working in a number of fields from logistics to finance to health care.

When researching Sodexo, I was astounded to find Corporate Responsibility, along with Diversity and Inclusion, on the home page of the website. I thought, “Could it be? Will I actually find a company that truly cares for its employees and where I can feel and be myself?” It was apparent that at Sodexo, diversity was more than a business imperative, but also the right thing to do.

What is your typical day like?

My team is the Production and Application Support Team. We are responsible for assisting with production releases and change controls as well as supporting many company-wide applications. We also manage the application portfolio, including supporting application data such as server, SME, and disaster recovery information, to name a few. We work closely with the Network Operations Center and Help Desk to ensure there is minimal downtime for the supported applications.

I am involved in several large projects including the Enterprise Reliability Project and the Buffalo Data Center move project. Both are largely dependent on the data from our application portfolio. Also, I respond to customer requests for application/production support.

What does it take to be successful in your area at Sodexo?

  • Drive to help our internal customers
  • Outgoing personality, with the initiative to solve problems
  • Ongoing interest in advancing your technology skills
  • Ability to work with a team and collaborate ideas
  • Strategic interest; understanding major company goals and making them relevant to your team
  • Ability to empathize with your employees and clients in order to better serve them
What motivates you?

I am motivated by my work. I love my job and when you love your job and your employer it makes it so much easier to be driven by your work. And, the women of Sodexo are amazing – there are so many wonderfully talented women managers at Sodexo who have been with the organization for a long time. This is so encouraging to new women joining the team. These women are strong, intelligent and have perseverance. They definitely motivate me.

Interested in learning more? Read Amy’s full story here, then search for your next career opportunity!

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Don’t Let Your Job Search Fill You with Fright!

By Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

Earlier this month, we posted a question to our community members on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ asking:

What do you find most challenging about the job search?

A.  Finding opportunities I’m interested in
B.  Understanding whether or not I’m qualified for a position
C.  Crafting a resume that speaks to my achievements
D.  <insert your answer>

Of the responses received, most were some version of “all of the above.” While this is not surprising, as the job search is never easy in a competitive market, you don’t need to hide from fear because we have everything you need to be successful.
Let me take the mystery out of your job search this October by providing a few resources to help answer the questions above.

Finding Opportunities

Sometimes the most frightening part of the job search is the lack of positions that fit what you’re looking for within your area. While this is not something you can control, there are ways to be proactive.

First, give yourself a refresher on the management roles we have to offer. You can do this by visiting our careers site for your industry, which will better prepared your for step two.
Then, search our current positions in your location. If you don’t see anything that’s a good fit, you can either create a job agent directly from the search page, or you can join our Talent Community, which allows you to set up job alerts but has the added bonus of sharing your information with our team.  

Understanding Qualifications

This one can be tough, as many experiences and skills are transferrable to other types of positions. However, it’s absolutely critical to read through the job description carefully, so you’re not left in the dark.

In addition to focusing on the certifications, leadership experience, financial acumen and anything else are listed in the position summary, you will also want to scan closely for key words that indicate preferred qualifications.

Because we hire managers for a variety of job environments, the preferred background of a candidate may vary from one manager to another, even if they have the same job title. This is especially true for health care positions, so just remember to read and reread the job posting to determine if you could be one of the best qualified candidates. If not, spend your time focusing on positions that are a better fit, and if you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to head over to our LinkedIn group to ask our team a question.    

Crafting Your Resume

While there’s no magic spell you can cast to create the perfect resume, don’t be scared to break the mold and really customize yours to speak to the job you’re applying to.
Instead of simply listing your responsibilities, which often reads like a job description, use that space to highlight specific achievements that relate to the requirements of the job. This may include numbers if you’re talking about budgeting or growth, relevant awards you’ve won and more.

For more tips from our Senior Recruiters, watch the recorded version of our resume essentials workshop here:

While we certainly have additional resources available on our careers site and social channels, this should give you a good start.

I hope this post has shed some light on something that can be truly terrifying if you go at it alone. By using these tricks, you should be on your way to the best treat there is: a great career.

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