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4/18/14

Women Managers Make Clean Sweep in Environmental Services Careers

By Guest Blogger Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager for Talent Acquisition

At Sodexo, our management employees are able to work in several different business sectors – from healthcare to schools to corporate and military locations. With these varied career opportunities, our employees are able to embrace their passions and work in areas that bring great personal satisfaction.

One area that crosses almost all of our business sectors is our Environmental Services Management business. In this field, employee careers grow while managing people, departments and entire divisions of companies.

But … what exactly is Environmental Services Management? Most might refer to this area as "housekeeping management." And, at Sodexo, this career field is about so much more than cleaning. Our managers are focused on individual customer's needs – whether they are college faculty and students or children entering school for the first time; medical professionals and hospital staff or patients and their families; or corporate executives and company employees of every job description.

"The amazing thing about this career field is that you don’t necessarily have to know a lot about healthcare or housekeeping to break into the field," said Amy Albright, Sodexo District Manager for Healthcare in Central Florida. "You need to know how to manage people and the job."

Delivering innovative expertise and leadership to schools, hospitals, senior living facilities and corporate clients, Environmental Services Managers also provide extraordinary care to someone who needs it every day.

"For example," said Albright, "your team might be cleaning a hospital room and consider it a routine task. However, for the patient, this may be the only person he or she talks to that day. As the manager overseeing these activities, this job and your impact on clients and customers goes well beyond getting the work done. It’s also about relationships and impacting – improving – the lives of others."

As a 24-year veteran with Sodexo, Albright began her career working as a bartender in college before she was encouraged to apply for a supervisor position in Environmental Services Management at the then Sodexo-Marriott. From there she grew her career working for a large teaching institute in St. Louis and then a trauma center in Chicago before being offered a General Manager/Director position in Indiana, just three years later. It wasn't long before she moved her family to Orlando, Fla., advancing her career in department and resident director positions before moving into her current District Manager role.

"Growing your career at Sodexo isn't very hard if you have the drive, dependability and abilities necessary," commented Albright. "If you understand the principles of managing different people in different ways, are organized and able to multitask, if you’re open minded and willing to try new things – it doesn't matter what field you're working in now, we can teach you about Environmental Services."

Albright notes that career advancement may require some additional effort. But, the rewards are worth it.

"You have to be willing to take a risk and step out of your comfort zone," she said. "You need to be willing to fight for where you want to be and show that you are just as good – if not better – than your counterparts. But if you're willing to put in the time, if you learn how to juggle family and career, you’ll get much more out of your career and feel tremendous satisfaction. Simply put, I love my job."

Think an Environmental Services Management career might be right for you? Check out our career site for more details and current opportunities: www.sodexohousekeepingcareers.com.



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4/17/14

Sodexo Student Brand Ambassadors: Bringing Career to the Classroom

By Guest Blogger Katlyn Greeves 

After completing my internship at Sodexo, I was lucky enough to become a Sodexo Brand Ambassador. Sodexo Brand Ambassadors are former Sodexo interns who serve as marketing representatives on their college campuses in order to introduce what Sodexo has to offer, including but not limited to career and internship opportunities, helpful tips from recruiters and more. I have enjoyed being a part of this program because it has given me the opportunity to highlight the features that make Sodexo such a great company, while sharing my personal experiences on how Sodexo has improved my Quality of Life.

While I am enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, I attend most of my classes at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) in Rockville, MD. USG is a full-service campus that offers classes from nine leading Maryland universities. Because of this, I have had the opportunity to not only market Sodexo to my home institution but also to the other eight universities as well, which has been a great way to expand brand awareness.

Presenting about my Sodexo internship during a recent workshop

I have promoted the Sodexo brand around my campus to administrators, faculty, staff and students. By partnering with various recruiters and our Career & Internship Services Center, I have been able to help strengthen the relationship between Sodexo and USG, while assisting in marketing their opportunities at networking workshops and dinners. Also, Sodexo has begun participating in job shadowing days so that students are able to experience “a day in the life” of a Sodexo employee in the department they’re interested in. To me, the most successful and exciting part about being a Sodexo Brand Ambassador is how I have helped enhance the relationship between USG and Sodexo, which will continue and develop long after I graduate.

By taking the skills I have gained through my internship and the ambassador program, as well as the connections I have made, I am excited and prepared to start my career after graduation. I encourage every student to apply for a Sodexo internship and the Sodexo Brand Ambassador program because it will not only teach you so much about yourself and the workforce, but you will also meet some incredibly talented people and have a great time doing it!

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Katlyn is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park at Shady Grove and will complete her B.A in Communications in May 2014. She recently was appointed a Sodexo Brand Ambassador where she promotes Sodexo’s internship program and job opportunities at the university campus. Connect with Katlyn on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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4/10/14

Take Action on Conference Takeaways

By Kristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

Attending conferences can be many things … invigorating, exhausting, motivating, overwhelming. The typical jam-packed schedule of presentations, networking, meetings and socializing leaves little time for rest. But who needs rest? 

Last week, I attended my first Talent Acquisition Conference (#SodexoTAC) in Austin, Texas. 
This is where Sodexo’s mostly-virtual recruitment and sourcing team comes together to learn, celebrate and connect as a team. Being only five months into my Sodexo career, this was also the first opportunity I’ve had to meet many of my co-workers and some of Sodexo’s senior leadership. What an amazing group of people!


In the past, I've been guilty of feverishly taking notes at a conference, only to set them aside upon returning to the office. More recently, I've learned the secret to maximizing the value of any conference is simply putting a few takeaways down on paper and creating action items to be sure I’m applying them.  

Writing this blog is my motivation to dig out my notes from #SodexoTAC and get started on those takeaways. 
  1. Personal Revolution Challenge (#SodexoTAC30
    Guest speaker Amanda Hite, Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Change Officer of BTC Revolutions (
    @sexythinker), challenged our team to take a 30-day personal revolution challenge. My bucket list is complete and I’m documenting my journey along with my teammates on Twitter.
  2. Maniacal Focus
    Like most people, I find myself juggling more tasks in a day than I can possibly accomplish. Amanda Hite, again, made an impact with her statement,“Have a maniacal focus on what will make the biggest impact.” My goal is to go into each day with that in mind as I look at my to-do list, prioritizing in order of BIGGEST impact.

  3. Spirit of Sodexo
    On the final night of our conference, we recognized the many contributions made by our Talent Acquisition team members and our business partners throughout Sodexo at our Annual Spirit Awards Celebration. I was in awe of the nomination of 169 individuals who live the Sodexo culture and am excited to find a way to make my own contributions this year!

  4. The Three P’s
    The original Sourcing Ninja, Johnny Campbell (
    @socialtalent), pressed us to improve our productivity through three steps: Preparation, Process and Pitch. His tips on improving response rate in email were simple and easy to implement. I have a feeling I won’t be the only one sending a few Sunday emails just to test his theory!
I challenge you to take action on your file of notes from conferences and webinars you’ve attended in the past! Share your favorite takeaways in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter (tag me! @SodexoKristen).

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3/28/14

Seal the Deal as a Sodexo Sales Executive

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition 

As the driving force behind growth, experienced sales professionals are highly-valued at Sodexo!  They are respected leaders in our company, working with senior level executives within Sodexo and our client organizations.  Our sales professionals have highly competitive compensation tied to individual success and tremendous career growth potential.  

They are also known as hunters by nature with the tenacity to conquer a complex sale. You’ve heard us say that before in this post, but what does it take to close a deal?

Take a look at our Sales Job video, one of ten new videos that add visual insight into our various roles and attract you to our company. 



As a Sales Executive or Director of Business Development you’ll be responsible for new account sales, prospect identification and qualification, proposal development and contract negotiations. To be successful, you will have the following attributes 
  • Self-directed
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to manage multiple processes simultaneously
  • Excellent communication and negotiating skills
  • Experience collaborating with the C-Suite

Upon arrival to Sodexo as a new hire, you’ll be greeted with our new Sales Executive Onboarding Program that is tailored just for you!   It’s Sodexo way of ensuring that you are better prepared and reach your full potential as quickly as possible.

From completing a self-assessment to meeting with the coach to customize a program, to taking ownership of the process, each new hire is ultimately responsible for the quality of his or her onboarding experience.  You’ll also be assigned a learning partner and peer sponsor to support you through each step in the new hire onboarding process.

If you are ready to seal the deal, watch this video then check out one of our many openings across the U.S. at www.SodexoSalesJobs.com.


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3/27/14

The Opportunities and Impact of an Internship with Sodexo

By Guest Blogger Megan Pieper, General Manager at WellPoint

I recently had the opportunity to be a part of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) Conference in St. Louis, where I served on an interviewing panel for Sodexo. This was an incredible experience and brought me back to when I was an anxious and eager new graduate looking for my place in the real world.

I was extremely impressed with the talented, diverse group of students I came in contact with at the conference and would like to take this time to reflect on my own journey with Sodexo, as well as offer some advice to graduating students.

From Intern to GM

My career at Sodexo started when I was an Intern with Sodexo University. I had the opportunity to explore and experience all areas of the hospitality world that Sodexo is involved in, but the most meaningful rotation I experienced was in management at WellPoint St. Louis. However, at the time, I didn’t know this would be the experience that would launch my career with Sodexo and open the door to some amazing opportunities.

After my internship rotation, I was offered a supervisor position at WellPoint, where I worked for about a year developing my skills as a potential Sodexo manager. Not long after, Sodexo landed a contract at GlaxoSmithKline, and I was offered the Operations Manager position where I stayed for three years. Most recently I have been working with Express Scripts in the same role.

Over the past five years at Sodexo, I have moved from a bright-eyed intern to an Operations Manager, and now my next adventure will be as General Manager at WellPoint St. Louis. Looking back, I owe a great deal of thanks and gratitude to the managers I came in contact with during my internship, as they saw the potential in me, guided me and helped me learn in order to grow my career with the company.

From Student to Employee

My advice to graduating students is if you have the opportunity to find a mentor in the field that you are passionate about, do it. It is an incredible way to network and jumpstart your career. Whether you have the opportunity to be an intern over a summer or longer period of time, it is an amazing way to develop your skills and discover where you want your impact to be in the future.

Have a positive attitude, be willing and open to learning new things, and make yourself vulnerable because it will only make you stronger. Sodexo provides you with all the tools and resources you need to advance your career - you just need to be willing to take advantage of them. Remember, the opportunities are out there, so be ready to take them when they are in front of you. 


Megan Pieper began her career as an intern through Sodexo University and worked her way up to management. She is currently a General Manager for Sodexo at WellPoint St. Louis. You can connect with Megan on LinkedIn!


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3/25/14

5 Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Online Presence

By Autumn McReynolds, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

The first day of spring has finally come, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for spring cleaning. While it’s always a good idea to reorganize your home and office space, spring is also the perfect time to clean up the many aspects of your job search.

From your resume to your social networking accounts, the way you present yourself is a key factor in landing an interview and ultimately getting the job. And with a quarter of the year already gone, you don’t want to wait another day.

In this post, I’d like to focus on ways to improve your online presence as a whole. Not only can you increase your visibility with recruiters, these small updates will make a big difference in how you are perceived when requesting connections on social networking sites, asking questions and applying for jobs, so let’s get started!

1. Google yourself: What comes up in search results when you type in your first and last name? There may be links, images, videos and more that you may have forgotten about or not even known existed. This simple step will help you know where to begin.

2. Focus on a few key areas: If you’re heavily active on sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, for example, you may want to start by doing cleanup on those sites before taking the time to tackle every place your name and some type of profile or content exists, as these are the places that likely need the most work.

3. Clean first: Before making massive changes to improve your online profiles or websites, start by getting rid of anything that may cause you trouble in your job search. This means inappropriate photos and videos, posts badmouthing your employer (or anyone, for that matter), nasty language, etc. It may sound obvious, but your private profiles may not be as private as you think, so err on the side of caution.

4. Update second: Once you’ve removed any content that may not reflect well on you to an employer, it’s time to start adding things that will speak to who you are as a person and a potential employee. There are several ways to do this, but a few examples include adding Professional Skills to the About section on your Facebook profile, including files to projects you’ve completed on LinkedIn and even adding your industry and job title to your Twitter bio.



5. Update your resume: While you’ll need to update your resume file, what I’m referring to here is replacing any old resumes you may have hosted online with the most up to date version. This means job boards, portfolio websites, career centers and even your LinkedIn page.

While there are a number of other things you can do to spruce up your online presence, these five steps are a great place to start. Additionally, once you’re comfortable with where you’re at, you can move into a proactive approach by sharing relevant content, reaching out to companies and more.

Now it’s your turn: What other ways can you think of to improve your online presence as we head into the second quarter of 2014?

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3/19/14

Explore Facilities Management Careers with Sodexo’s NEW Career Site

By Kristen Jacobs, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager

As a recent new hire to Sodexo, I can relate to job seekers who say, “Sodexo-who?” I even have an elevator speech prepared to easily respond to friends, family and acquaintances who ask that question! I completely get Sodexo's anonymity because the magic often happens behind the scenes. But as the world’s 18th largest employer, it’s important that we help potential employees understand who Sodexo is, the services we provide and the opportunity areas for building a career with our company.
 
Sodexo provides over 100 different services to more than 8,000 clients, so as you can imagine, that results in a massive range of career possibilities. To help candidates navigate these opportunities, Sodexo has several job-specific websites, which are chock full of resources. Our team recently launched the new and improved www.SodexoFacilitiesJobs.com, loaded with helpful information on careers in Facilities Management.

Sodexo Facilities Management Careers


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

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 facilities 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 advancement opportunities.
3.   Recruiter Connection
This exciting new feature allows candidates to identify and connect with a recruiter in their discipline or geography. Get the conversation started!
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 facilities, engineering, energy and clinical technology management. 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-focused websites in the coming months!

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