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7/8/14

Discover Environmental Services and Housekeeping Management Careers with Sodexo’s NEW Career Site

By Kristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

I recently shared the launch of our new Facilities Management career site, which was designed to help job seekers explore opportunities specifically in the areas of FM, Energy Management and Clinical Technology Management. I am excited to follow up with the launch of Sodexo’s latest job-specific career website SodexoHousekeepingJobs.com.

The new site focuses on careers in Environmental Services (ES), including management positions in Housekeeping and Custodial. Job seekers can also explore a variety of roles in eXPress Services, focusing on providing our clients a centralized channel of support to improve patient satisfaction in healthcare settings. In addition to getting the scoop on ES jobs at Sodexo, you’ll find news and events, like the Women in Environmental Services Forum recently hosted by women in senior leadership ES roles here at Sodexo.


Before you explore the new site for yourself, let me share a few of my favorite features:

1.   On the Go
With a responsive design that makes the site user-friendly on any device, candidates have access to valuable tools for exploring career opportunities, preparing for interviews and networking with recruiters from anywhere they choose.
2.   Career Growth
Learn about positions available in the ES track with the Career Growth tool. From entry-level management to senior leadership roles, job seekers can find the right fit for them at any stage in their career, while also exploring the vast advancement opportunities available with a career in Environmental Services.
3.   Recruiter Connection
This exciting new feature allows candidates to identify and connect with a recruiter in their discipline or geography. Start a conversation to find out about opportunities in your area or learn more about the skills needed for careers in ES.
4.   Team Tweets
Speaking of conversation, ours is happening right on the Team Tweets page. Follow our recruiters for industry news, career-related content and exciting job opportunities.
5.   Sodexo Stories
This is a great way to get a day-in-the-life perspective from managers in ES or eXPress Services. Check back often for new profiles and fresh perspectives!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the new site. Share them in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter. And watch for updates to our additional career sites, yet this summer! 

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7/1/14

Learning About Sodexo from the Inside Out

By Autumn McReynolds, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

When working for a global organization, one that happens to be the 18th largest employer in the world, getting to know your coworkers in other locations can be challenging. 

Even more than getting to know them, there are likely many aspects of their roles in the various job disciplines and environments going on behind the scenes that you’re not aware of. While critical to the operation of the business, certain functions simply have less visibility than others (though they’re no less important).

This brings me to last week, when I had the opportunity to join a group of my Talent Acquisition teammates at Sodexo USA headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland for three days of interactive training and learning.

Talent Acquisition Training

From the outside, it may my difficult to understand what goes into recruiting the best qualified candidates for the hundreds of management positions we have open every month. What you may not know about our recruiters, however, is that they go through extensive training during their first month and year at Sodexo and then participate in ongoing development programs to make sure they have a solid understanding of the business and areas they recruit for in order to provide strategic support for our unit-level managers.

A critical piece of this onboarding process is an initial site visit to learn more about how Sodexo operates from the inside out, while connecting directly with the unit managers to better understand their hiring challenges and opportunities. Additionally, our recruiters are often invited to participate in recurring calls with leaders in the areas they support to become more involved in the business and gain an inside perspective of the operational challenges they face.

During this recent training, our team learned about building business acumen and working hand-in-hand with the hiring managers to find the absolute best talent for every opening; then, we headed to HQ for a morning of tours and 1:1 discussions with key members of the Sodexo corporate staff; and finally, we spent time at client site Asbury Methodist Village to hear from the Sodexo managers who oversee Food, Facilities Management and Environmental Services. 




Stay tuned next week for some fun facts and highlights from this training that will give you an inside look at what goes on at Sodexo HQ and one of our large Senior Living accounts!


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6/26/14

Take your RD career to new heights with the Sodexo team

By Guest Blogger, Colleen Stauffer RD, LDN, - Multi-Service Operations Manager

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” – Nelson Mandela. 

As I reflect back on the last five years of my career, this quote perfectly captures my journey as a Registered Dietitian.  Today, I share my story of how the Sodexo team empowered me to create my own career path taking my nutrition background to new heights. 

Colleen Stauffer RD, LDN
Multi-Service Operations Manager
Sodexo
My career began in 2009.  I started in a shock trauma center but within 6 months, a position for a chief clinical registered dietitian opened up in the same hospital system.  My manager at the time encouraged me to apply for this management position to further advance my career.   

As a new RD in a management role I was drawn to Sodexo because of the plethora of resources and opportunities that Sodexo offered employees to enable them to excel in their career. Once I joined the Sodexo Team In 2011 as a Clinical Nutrition Manager/Patient Service Manager, it became clear how I could choose my own adventure!  

What I enjoy most about working for Sodexo is that it offered me so much opportunity to grow and expand my skill set through continuous training and networking with great Sodexo managers.  Sodexo has challenged me on many occasions to step out of my comfort zone, which I am grateful for. 

In only 3 years I have been exposed to clinical management, patient services and operations thus allowing me to take on general management duties such as unit financials.  I firmly believe that when working for Sodexo the only person that can stand in the way of advancing your career is yourself!  

One of the best mentors I had was an Environmental Services General Manager with Sodexo.  When I saw a posting for a Unit Leadership position, I was hesitant to apply.  He said, “Do not ever disqualify yourself!”   Because I surrounded myself with great talent, had the desire to always learn more with such great resources at my fingertips, I ended up becoming the Multi-Service Operations Manager for Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a multi-institutional health care system comprised of 13 hospitals across Illinois and Wisconsin, where I oversee clinical operations.

I am proud that the company I work for inspires me to continue to grow and allows me to inspire others with the passion I have to best serve our patients, customers, and clients.

Are you ready to take your RD career to new heights? Then apply for a Sodexo job today!


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6/25/14

Sodexo Dishes up Culinary Careers at the American Culinary Federation Convention

By Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager, Talent Acquisition

When I was young, I learned that my great grandfather was an incredible baker who ran a successful bakery most of his life. So, given my love for making chocolate chip cookies, I decided at that tender age that I obviously must have inherited his master baker skills. I mean, really, everyone loved my cookies …

But as life would have it, becoming a baker was not to be my fate. And, attending college right next door to the Culinary Institute of America was not enough to develop my chef skills, either.
  
Yet, here I am working for a company where culinarian skills are revered and woven into the fabric of our organization’s earliest history. The name Sodexo is practically synonymous with hospitality careers – but careers unlike any you will find at hotels, restaurants and resorts.

Every day, our 3,000 chefs and culinary professionals dish up millions of delicious, nutritious meals for customers in businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals and schools across North America, and are some of the most skilled and respected professionals in the industry worldwide.

At Sodexo, our chefs experience work schedules that encourage work-life balance. We take pride in education, training and rewarding best practices so that you can grow your career from an entry level position to unit leadership and beyond. And, you can experiment in company recipe and culinary competitions.

But what it really comes down to is the food. And passion.

Stories about our chefs leave you inspired and in awe. There’s Chef Servantes who won the Chopped Grill Master competition and Chef Miller who saw success on Guy Fieri's new show Guy's Grocery Games and won Food Network’s Cutthroat competition this past Sunday!   There is Sodexo’s commitment to fight against childhood obesity and to lead initiatives to end childhood hunger. And let’s not forget the 11 chefs selected to the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA.

In fact, Sodexo Chef Castaneda, an ACF Culinary Team USA member, will speak at the ACF annual convention being held next month. Chef Castaneda will lead a session on Modern Applications for Ancient Grains – discussing how to incorporate light, healthy and trendy wholesome ingredients into modern menus. Additionally, some of Sodexo’s top chefs and culinary recruiters will be on site to talk about careers with the company.

And, while these great culinarians are discussing the latest trends in the industry, I’ll be at home mixing up a bag of chicken and Italian salad dressing to cook on the grill – because, well, that’s about as fancy as it gets here. But you – the aspiring and/or experienced chef – have a chance to meet Sodexo’s culinary leaders in Kansas City and grow the career I only once dreamed about.

You can read more about what it’s like to work for Sodexo as a Chef in this video or through these culinary themed posts on our blog!



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6/20/14

A rich history links Sodexo and Johnson & Wales University on the college’s 100th anniversary

By Karen Graham, Senior Recruiter

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

This year, Johnson & Wales University is celebrating a century of innovation that began with pioneers Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales, who established a business school for women in 1914 in Johnson’s home with one student and one typewriter. Since then, Johnson & Wales University has grown to include four campuses and has become a leader in hospitality and culinary education, among other areas.

Today, Sodexo celebrates our history that is shared with the college as we work together to develop the hospitality and culinary leaders of tomorrow. Together, we aim to shape the future of the industry by providing undergraduate internship opportunities and exciting careers in Hospitality, Culinary Arts, Business and Technology at Sodexo. In fact, Sodexo employs more than 500 Johnson & Wales graduates in the US from entry level jobs to senior level management positions.

As a hospitality influencer, Sodexo is a frequent campus guest, invited to network with students while sharing industry expertise, business advice and career success stories. As a partner with the college, Sodexo considers Johnson & Wales as one of our core schools for the recruitment of top talent to become future Sodexo leaders.

“As a JWU graduate, I’m proud to say that the school best prepared me for my current role by inspiring me to learn how to do the basic things right, to continue learning every day and to surround myself with a diverse group of talented people who work to achieve their immediate goals while keeping an eye on what’s ahead in order to exceed expectations and be ready for change,” said Tom Boileau, a District Manager with Sodexo.
                                                                                                              
As a recruiter, I often hear managers who are Johnson & Wales grads talk about their Sodexo career experiences at properties such as the Disney Resorts or serving on the Sodexo Culinary Team for the Olympics. So, the next time you are invited to a corporate event at a university, medical center or even a zoo, don’t be surprised if Sodexo is the catering contractor with employees who are Johnson & Wales grads.

Where did you attend college? Join the conversation on our Sodexo Careers Facebook page and tell us how you have been inspired by your school.

To learn more about hospitality and culinary careers at Sodexo, visit www.sodexochefjobs.com.

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6/16/14

Key Takeaways from #WorldFMDay 2014

By Autumn McReynolds, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

As a worldwide leader in Facilities Management solutions, Sodexo embraces World FM Day every year as time to come together with industry professionals and associations across the globe to discuss the advancement of the profession and the future of careers in FM. To see the conversation and content we shared in 2014, check out our story below.


Having trouble viewing this blog? View the full story on our Facilities Management careers site.


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6/11/14

Getting to Know Sodexo: A Conversation with Marcus Steck

By Kristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

I’ve now been with Sodexo for over six months, but honestly it feels like this has been my home for much longer. Anxious to get assimilated and hit the ground running, my wish was granted and I’ve been diving into some really interesting and rewarding projects, including the makeover of our careers microsites. With the Facilities Management site officially launched, I’ve been working with our Alumni, Environmental Services, Information Technology, Clinical Nutrition, Culinary and Food Service Management teams to complete their respective sites for launch this summer.

For me, one the best parts of working on these sites is the conversations I’ve had with the team members who will be featured in profiles called Sodexo Stories. These day-in-the-life bios give job-seekers an inside perspective on careers at Sodexo, but they have also provided me a connection to some of the amazing talent we have within the company.

I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek into what I’m working on and share my conversation with Marcus Steck, a Senior Manager Systems Architecture on Sodexo’s IS&T team. Marcus has been with Sodexo (formerly Sodexho) for over fifteen years, but started his technology career with the United States Marine Corps. Watch for Marcus to also be featured on our Military site – Sodexo Hires Heroes – when it re-launches later this summer.

Q:  What lead you to a career in IS&T
Marcus Steck
Sr. Manager Systems Architecture
Sodexo IS&T
I started my information technology and leadership career in the Marines, which helped me transition into my current position as Sr. Manager Systems Architecture on the IS&T Operations and Infrastructure team at Sodexo. I decided to go into this field because I enjoy seeing how things work mechanically, and I like leveraging technology to improve or create solutions.

Q:  How was the transition from military life to a civilian career? 
My transition from the military to a civilian career was challenging.
I was fortunate to find a company like Sodexo who had similar values, great people, and made it really feel like home.

Q: Tell me about a typical day for you at Sodexo.
My typical day in IS&T consists of new and different challenges. One of the most interesting projects and initiatives that I am currently working on is the Cross Atlantic Disaster Recovery Program. I collaborate daily with my Global IS&T counterparts and Data Center teams. I really enjoy these progressive types of projects as the technology solutions have a significant impact not only for Sodexo North America, but also for many other countries enterprise wide. In addition, I really enjoy my team and daily job of managing and architecting key Infrastructure services (Enterprise Data Storage, Backup & Recovery, UNIX Servers, Email Archiving, Branch Office Infrastructure, and Systems Architecture) which is both challenging and rewarding.
 
Q: What does it take to be successful in Information Technology at Sodexo?
Traits that lead to success in my area at Sodexo include: a passion for technology, perseverance, dedication, rigor, progressive thinking, can-do attitude, and the ability to be collaborative in a diverse working environment.

Q: What advice do you have for soon-to-be veterans who are looking to transition to a civilian career?
Get involved, join a business resource group, and connect with the business community. Soon-to-be veterans should be aware that they aren’t alone. There are many resources and fellow veterans who are willing to support them during their transition. Many of the military values, traits, and skills map over well to a civilian career. Their military experience is viewed as an asset to employers, and they can use this experience as their advantage. 

Q: Tell me about your interests outside of work.
I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, the outdoors, and long distance cycling. I’m also an automotive enthusiast.

Thanks for sharing your Sodexo Story, Marcus! I look forward to sharing more stories, like yours, on our career sites later this summer.

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