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5/27/15

You don’t stop building. Neither do we! #Facilities #WorldFMDay

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition
 

World FM Day is an international event that celebrates the many successes and contributions Facilities Management professionals bring to the built environment around the world.

Join @SodexoCareers on June 10th for the #WorldFMDay interactive Q&A as we celebrate our managers and the progression of the Facilities Management industry.

It’s also a great time to learn how Sodexo supports you with unlimited opportunities to develop, taking your career - and our industry - to new heights. We offer an environment where the work is challenging, yet satisfying, where you’ll have the opportunity to mentor great people and be recognized and rewarded for your work.


 



Your knowledge and industry expertise is important to us, especially understanding what would motivate you to consider a new career opportunity.Whether it’s the impact your work makes or being in a field where you learn something new each day, we’d love to know.

Please consider sharing your opinion with us in our 3-minute survey!



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5/22/15

There are heroes among us this Memorial Day! #NMAM

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

Memorial Day is almost here!

It's the unofficial start of summer but more so, it's a time during National Military Appreciation Month to recognize the contributions made by the women and men who are serving or who have served in our country's armed forces. 

This time of year hits home for me since there are twelve veterans in my family (including my Dad, an Army Sharpshooter). Each scar, tattoo and picture tells a story about the time they spent while deployed and brave acts of courage. It’s hard to imagine how our soldiers felt the day they got drafted, but coming back home they were full of pride.
Today, I feel proud to work for a company whose commitment to veterans has long been woven into the fabric of the corporate culture.  I have team members who have served, those who are military spouses and those who are parents to today’s soldiers in the U.S. Airforce.  

Because there are heroes among us at Sodexo, their stories need to be heard -  but for this space, it’s important to hear how their service has helped them in their Sodexo careers!





This Memorial Day weekend, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect upon the extraordinary sacrifices that our military members have made for our country, especially the brave soldiers who have died in the line of duty.

Have a happy and safe holiday! 

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5/21/15

Coffee and Career Advice

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

Two years ago I received an email with the subject line “Coffee and Career Advice” from someone I did not know. Not only do I love coffee and offering career advice; I love to network so I didn’t resist the urge to open it right away. 

It looked like this




I thought to myself, “Wow, what a well-crafted email from a young professional eager to network with a complete stranger!”   She reminded me of my younger self and how much I appreciated it when someone took the time to help me with my career goals.  She even had the accent over my “é” which scored major brownie points! 


When I met Rachel in person, she was poised, professional and asked all the right questions about my career path.  It had been awhile since I told my story of how I landed at Sodexo, and despite my longwinded story she happily listened.


I learned that her upcoming Sodexo Internship at Northwestern University was not her first experience with Sodexo.  While at Chapman University, she worked closely with the Sodexo’s team on a variety of projects, first through her role with Student Government Association and other campus organizations, and then by starting Chapman’s Student Board of Directors and serving as chair for two years. She also joined Sodexo’s National Student Board of Directors in her senior year.

Rachel Tilghman and Chloé Rada
at the Chicago Sodexo Servathon event
I’m so glad I met Rachel for coffee that day. I have since run into her all over town including a Northwestern vs Michigan State football game and a Sodexo Servathon event.  And I always ask how things are going!

She told me how her experiences as a student at Chapman with Sodexo allowed her to assimilate quickly and seamlessly as part of the Sodexo team at Northwestern.  She took on projects that demonstrated collaboration with both the client and students, and as a result she was hired into a full-time marketing role for Sodexo on the NUCuisine team.

She told me the favorite part of her job is working with the marketing internship program on campus. In addition to managing 23 interns, she is liaising with student affairs to expand the program and the experiential learning opportunities.

I asked Rachel for the secret sauce to her success. “I feel fortunate that my leadership believes in me and that I have found a positive place to grow. I surround myself with women leaders to find advocates for my work and career desires.  I’m also never afraid to bring ideas to the table, even if they don’t always work.“

Does this story leave you longing for more about life at Sodexo? Just ask Rachel to go for “Coffee and Career Advice!”


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5/20/15

Celebrating Asian-Pacific Americans – at Sodexo and at Home

By Trish Freshwater, Senior Manager for Talent Acquisition







This past school year, my kids have been studying China and the Asian continent as part of their school’s Global Studies program. It’s been a fun year for them learning about the Chinese culture, alphabet, language and foods. And while some of the lessons have been expected,

“Hey mom, did you know that the Great Wall of China is still being built and that people died working on it?”

Other lessons have been more sobering, like the fact that they likely won’t be hearing back from their Chinese pen pals near the border of Nepal before the school year ends this month because so many resources have been dedicated to the earthquake recovery efforts. But the news stories about those who have died and those who have been found have been catalysts for deep discussions with my 8- and 6-year olds about life in Nepal, China and the surrounding countries in that region.

What an amazing experience this has been to expose our kids to other cultures and ways of living – especially living in our country where we embrace so many people from other cultures who now call the United States home.

Here in the US, it’s only fitting that we recognize all of these different cultures with heritage months to celebrate the many ways we can learn from so many varied perspectives from all around the world right here in our own towns and neighborhoods.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. While Asian-Pacific is a fairly broad term, it represents all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill in 1977 that evolved over the years until President George H.W. Bush signed the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992.

At Sodexo, we celebrate Asian-Pacific Americans throughout the month of May and all year long. We support our Asian-Pacific American employees through our employee business resource group called the Pan-Asian Network Group (PANG). PANG serves as foundation from which Sodexo can help increase the awareness of Pan Asian cultures throughout the company. By fostering a corporate environment that embraces and values the cultural diversity of its employees, we also enhance individual and professional growth of Pan Asians.

But, perhaps the benefits of this group is summed up best by my 8-year-old when he said, “I think it’s cool your company has groups for different types of people. Everyone you work with gets to learn new things about other holidays and cultures just by going to work. They don’t have to get on a plane, they can just go talk to someone at work.”

Want to learn more about PANG and Sodexo’s celebration of cultures in the workplace? Watch this PANG video and visit our website for more details about our employee business resource groups.



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5/18/15

Sodexo Celebrates Health Care Technology Management Week

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

Join Sodexo in recognizing the growing number of biomedical equipment technicians, clinical engineers and imaging service technicians for the critical work they do during this annual celebration.  And because no jobs is too small for our HTM professionals, we are marking this appreciation week with a heartfelt message to thank all of the HTM 
professionals who ensure our nation’s hospitals and healthcare organizations are operating safe equipment.

At Sodexo, maintaining advanced technology requires an innovative approach, so we look to hire experienced HTM professionals who care about the impact their work makes on a patient’s diagnosis and healing. 


Through an industry survey we are conducting, Sodexo is gaining a better understanding of perspectives in this growing industry.  We have learned the importance of offering challenging work, the chance to improve the patient and resident experience and supporting ongoing education.


What would motivate you to consider a new career opportunity? 



If you’d like to share your opinion with us, then take our 3-minute survey!  

Have a great week!  

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5/13/15

Top Reasons to Join the Sodexo CTM Team

by Kristen Jacobs, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

Just months after starting at Sodexo, I attended a three-day training called Get Live with other new managers. This team may have been new to Sodexo, but I could tell my classmates were experts in their field. Leaving the session with pages of notes and stacks of business cards, I planned to tap into this wealth of resources in the future. Over a year later, many of these people are still my go-to contacts when I’m looking for information for our different hiring areas.


Last week, I was working on content for our Clinical Technology Management career site and got on a call with one of these contacts, Ben Scoggin, a General Manager 2, CTM at Cone Health in Greensboro, NC. We had a conversation about what differentiates a Sodexo career in the Healthcare Technology industry.  

“Being onsite, we’re really able to be strategic partners with the client, not a commodity. The hospital trusts us to take care of their equipment and looks to us for direction when it’s time to make a new investment,” Ben explained. “And from the CTM perspective, all the way up to Executive leadership, our folks are all about the customer. In fact, we’re so focused on the customer, sometimes it feels like we work for Cone Health. Most third-parties aren't like that.”

I asked Ben for his top three reasons to work for Sodexo CTM. Here’s what he had to say:
  1. Top-Notch Leadership
    The executive leadership in CTM is the best in the industry. They get to know the team personally and care about our people. They’re invested in our careers and development, supporting any opportunity for growth.
  2. Core Value Alignment
    Our CARES (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Service) training program is just perfect, putting the patient first. It reinforces behaviors for our team members that improve the patient and resident experience.
  3. Sodexo Network
    We have a very accessible network of CTM professionals across the U.S. that can be tapped into for anything. You can email the best imaging pros in the country to ask a question or request a resource and they’ll gladly help you. 

If you’re interested in a career in Clinical Technology, search our current openings or connect with our CTM Recruiters

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5/11/15

Career Growth at Stanford Hospital: The Possibilities are Endless for Sodexo Chefs

By Guest Blogger Breah James, Senior Recruiter – Health Care in Northern California


This is the 16th post in our Recruiter Series that features specific environments we hire for and what opportunities they have in store for you!
As a Senior Recruiter, one of the most rewarding parts of my role is helping people meet their career aspirations. Whether it’s working with external candidates to find them a good fit within Sodexo or helping current employees who are creating their own career path at Sodexo, I love sharing all the possibilities that our company has to offer. 




This account is home to 60 Sodexo managers and supports a strong culture of developing future leaders and promoting from within. Below are some highlights from two culinarians who have made their dreams come true with Sodexo while at Stanford!

Phillip Keefe, currently the Executive Chef at Stanford Hospital, started his career 35 years ago at home cooking with his mom. He worked in a family-owned steak house for seven years, learning all the aspects of the restaurant operations before pursuing culinary school.

Phillip was recruited to Sodexo to open a brand new leisure account 12 years ago and has since worked in many different segments including Remote Sites, Sports and Leisure, Senior Services and now in Health Care. Phillip’s long career with Sodexo has allowed him many different experiences – from working as a part of the recipe development program at Sodexo headquarters to touring the Alaskan pipeline all the way to the North Pole – and continues to find enjoyment in his career growth with Stanford.

“Training staff, developing employees to take new responsibilities will be a huge undertaking for us Chefs, with the opening of two new hospitals in the next three years. Growing as a senior leader with these projects is an exciting challenge for my team and me. This is something I feel proud to be a part of.”
Marianne Zdobysz, Executive Chef at Stanford Hospital, transitioned her career into health care eight months ago after taking a temporary role with Sodexo in 2014. Before that, she found success through opening 13 restaurants with private entrepreneurs over the course of 25 years in the Seattle area. Marianne has enjoyed the challenge of transitioning her career into the health care environment with Sodexo.

“By learning HACCP management system, nutrition guidelines and gaining awareness of patient diets and restrictions, I have new insight into the culinary world. These tools are helping me improve the patient’s quality of life as well as mine!”

Although their culinary backgrounds are different, Phillip and Marianne can agree that Sodexo has a culture of learning with endless resources, opening doors for mangers across many of our environments. 

My advice to those interviewing for a new position at Sodexo is simple: 

The job opportunities are endless, so never be afraid to ask about how to advance your career!

Stay tuned for next month’s blog post highlighting what career success in Environmental Services looks like at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. If you are interested in moving your culinary career forward, connect with me or visit www.SodexoCulinaryjobs.com

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