By Guest Blogger Kris Strohmyer, Senior Recruiter
Did you know Sodexo has an alumni community? Also known as Reconnexions, this online network is a meeting place and resource for former salaried Sodexo employees. By joining, previous employees have the opportunity to reconnect with friends and coworkers, gain access to member-only events, keep current with career and special project opportunities and much more.
If you’re unfamiliar with Reconnexions or the process of hiring former employees in general, you may be wondering why we developed this program. While it may not be obvious to some, recruiting former employees back to Sodexo has a lot of value for both the company and the candidate.
First and foremost, the ramping up process is much quicker because the candidates have already been with Sodexo, know the systems and understand the culture and environment. This is very attractive to hiring managers who want to keep their businesses running smoothly, but it is also a much easier and seamless transition for the employee who is just getting back into the swing of things. Additionally, many of these individuals have already been through our management training programs and are familiar with everything we have and everything we stand for, so it’s less of a risk for them than leaving a current position for a brand new company.
This is also where the “grass is always greener” perspective comes into play. When people leave for new roles in new companies and it doesn't work out, they can truly appreciate what Sodexo has to offer. They now know that they've tried out the other side of things and can see the value in what we bring to the table.
However, Reconnexions isn't just for former employees who aren't satisfied at another company. We also use the alumni program to rehire former salaried employees into a variety of roles, including full-time, part-time and temporary. For example, maybe you've retired but want to reenter the workforce on a part-time basis or you’re looking to jump fully back into your career. Either way, we’ll welcome you back into a position that’s suited for your needs.
An important lesson for employees and job seekers
Whether you’re an active or passive candidate, there is a statistically good chance that you’re considering new opportunities as you read this. No matter what job you are in currently, the Reconnexions program is a good reminder to build meaningful relationships and always put your best foot forward because it doesn't go unnoticed.
When you’re an employee, it’s important to work hard and stand out because it can pay off. The job market today is all about networking and creating great connections without burning bridges. If someone knows your work and knows you do a great job, it’s an easy decision.
Meet “Boomerang” Rachael Bush
When employees leave a job or a company, it’s not necessarily because there was something wrong. Whether for personal or family matters or simply a new career opportunity, it’s not uncommon to exit on good terms knowing there may be an option to return at some point down the road, like Rachael Bush, retail manager for Sodexo at Marquette University.
In Rachael’s case, it’s not that she was unsatisfied with her job or the company. While she left for her own personal reasons, once she had more experience and tools in her tool belt, she was ready to come back, show off what she had learned and move forward with her career at Sodexo.
Read Rachael’s story on our blog early this year here to find out what drew her back in after a few years away!
Are you a former Sodexo employee interested in returning to the company? Join Reconnexions today!