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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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Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month at Sodexo

By Karen Graham, Senior Recruiter

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

"Everyone can relate to something about people with disabilities." – Bob Stern, Senior Vice President and General Counsel with Sodexo

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month – a time to celebrate the diverse contributions of workers with disabilities in America. It's also a time to raise awareness about improvements regarding disability employment issues. This year's national theme is "Expect. Employ. Empower."

Understanding the unique needs individuals with disabilities may have, Sodexo supports our employees in numerous ways. One such employee is Regional Dietitian Claudine Mauriello.

"I have lupus and I wear a leg brace from a bike accident that left me paralyzed on one side," explains Mauriello. "Sodexo has been very supportive of my scheduling needs living with lupus, especially in this past year."

But living with lupus hasn't held her back. Mauriello's full-time work as a dietitian in Sodexo's senior living market keeps her busy with many responsibilities for the health and wellness of the residents in the communities that she supports. And, after hours, she's an active participant in the annual Lupus Walk-a-Thon held each October to support research efforts to prevent, treat and cure lupus.

As a company, Sodexo is committed to hiring and supporting employees with disabilities through our employee business resource group, SOAR (Sodexo Organization for disAbilities Resources). SOAR focuses on raising awareness, providing education and resources, and creating a culture that values the contributions of people with disabilities. Our resources are also available for employees who have a loved one with a disability.

In recognition of Sodexo as an industry leader and based on SOAR's accomplishments in developing resources and support for employees with disabilities, the company was awarded the Disability Matters – Work Life Award by Work Life Matters magazine and Springboard Consulting.

At Sodexo, we also celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd of each year to showcase the experience of our employees who live with a disability. Here are some of the stories of our employees who are making a difference every day: 8 experiences, 8 challenges, 8 paths, 8 amazing people!

We welcome our readers to join the conversation on our Sodexo Careers Facebook page – we would love to hear about the amazing people who touch your lives!

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Here’s What You Need to Be Successful as a Health Care Facilities or Engineering Manager at Sodexo

By Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager

This week, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is holding their annual recognition of employees in a health care environment through National Health Care Facilities and Engineering Week or #HealthEngWeek on Twitter.  

ASHE emphasizes the importance of these teams, stating, “…your department keeps your facility operational, safe, and efficient. Because of all you do, there is power; running water; and a clean, comfortable, and safe healing environment for all who walk through your doors.”

As a world leader in Quality of Life Services, Sodexo is no stranger to providing solutions that promote the well-being of our clients, patients and their loved ones through building design, maintenance of equipment and much more.

As we, too, celebrate this extraordinary and often behind-the-scenes work that our Facilities and Engineering Managers do, we invite you to explore the type of career you can have by joining our team.

To get started, we asked three members of our FM recruitment team to share their perspectives on what it takes to be successful as a Facilities or Engineering Manager at one of Sodexo’s health care accounts. Here’s what they said:  

In addition to these insights, you can find more information to help you determine if a Sodexo Facilities or Engineering Management role is right for you by taking advantage of these resources:

If you've already done your research and are ready to apply, search our current opportunities now!

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What it Really Means to Improve Quality of Life

By Guest Blogger Nanette M. Harty, MS, RD

Sodexo Senior Recruiter Nanette Harty
Change is inevitable. Whether it be your job, your location, a personal situation or something else entirely, you’ve likely dealt with change many times throughout your life. And while change often signals progress, there are times when consistency can make all of the difference.

As you may expect, many things have changed for me throughout my 23 year career with Sodexo. From variations in our company name to innovative transformations in our technology platforms, our company continues to evolve and grow as an industry leader.

With that being said, I am proud to say that our values have remained constant and that our mission of improving Quality of Life has proven to be more than just words on paper.

Just as aspects of my Sodexo career have changed and evolved, so has my personal life. Recently, our twins embarked on their college journey, and as a first-time mom, especially one with an RD / Food Service background, food is always a topic of discussion.

Sodexo Senior Recruiter Nanette Harty's Son at Marquette University
Twenty-three years ago, I may have never guessed that my own son’s campus dining program at Marquette University would be managed by Sodexo. He is always PROUD to tell me about all the food options and how nice the people are to “freshman who still haven’t quite figured out the whole meal plan” or how quick they are to “offer a smile and words of encouragement after a tough day.” He raves about the choices and theme nights, and on a rare weekend visit home, he remarked he was missing “Nug Night,” as we dined over a homemade meal I had spent hours preparing!

I believe that life is like a boomerang - you get what you give. It’s ironic when the company you've shared so many years with becomes responsible for caring for your own, and I get the opportunity to see first-hand what improving Quality of Life can mean - especially to a first time college mom. 

This whole experience reminds me to never lose sight of our mission and makes me proud to see the difference Sodexo can - and will continue to - make in the lives of those we serve and even those we love. 

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Attending #FNCE 2014: Educational Sessions, Culinary Demos & Booth 2036!

By Guest Blogger Salome Papaspyrou Rao, M.S., Ph.D.

Two more days to Atlanta!    

As I prepare for the annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), there is much to be excited about. To give you some background, I’m currently a Dietetic Intern with Sodexo and hold two additional jobs, while caring for three children.

Thanks to Sodexo’s part-time (yet rigorous) dietetic internship option, I finally have the opportunity to achieve my goal, and I find myself extremely fortunate to have this door opened to me and to be a part of this new network that includes so many exciting career opportunities.

Because this is a new career path for me, there are many great reasons to attend an event like FNCE, and as I look through all the lecture sessions, workshops and networking opportunities, I am having a tough time deciding which ones to choose!

My background thus far has been in the study of adipocyte metabolism, but my passion has always been in the area of weight management, so here are some of the sessions I’m considering for my FNCE agenda:

Day 1: School Nutrition Boot Camp or Food Photography? These both sound like fun and interesting topics, but there’s also the Nutrition Care Process workshop, which may be good for someone on their way to a new career, like myself. Since I can’t be in three places at the same time, I still have a decision to make!

Day 2: There are so many options for evidence-based educational sessions on the latest nutrition information and more. Right now, my top two choices are Beyond Fat and The Power of Plant Protein.

While at FNCE, I will not miss out on the opportunity to indulge my other passion, so I plan to check out a few culinary demonstrations, like Cooking with Flavor to Reduce Sodium and Fat, Start Your Day Fiber Forward, Finish Fiber Mindful and What the Fat?, among others. Plus, a visit to the Academy’s bookstore is always a must.

I am also very much looking forward to spending time at Sodexo Booth #2036 to meet other aspiring and established Dietitians, share thoughts on current nutrition topics and rave about my Sodexo internship experience!

With that, I’m off to pack! Let me know in the comments section which sessions you’re excited to attend, and be sure to stop by Booth #2036 to meet members of the Sodexo team.

I hope to see you there.

Salome Papaspyrou Rao, M.S., Ph.D. is currently working toward becoming an RD with Sodexo. Her background is in the area of adipocyte metabolism, and she is currently carrying out research in a Sensory Science Laboratory, investigating the genetic effects of taste on weight management. 

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Sodexo-style!

By Chloé Rada, Senior Marketing Manager - Talent Acquisition

If you have been following my posts on the Sodexo Careers Blog, it’s no surprise that I enjoy cooking authentic ethnic dishes and meals at home. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the different cultural heritage found throughout America, and in my case, my city of Chicago!

America has traditionally been referred to as a “melting pot” welcoming people from different race, religions and countries like Spain and Mexico. Sodexo’s culture can also be described as such because we embrace differences and celebrate unique talents. Our diversity journey is continuous, however, as we transform into a truly multicultural mosaic.  Being named the #5 best company for Latinas to work for in the U.S by Latina Style Magazine and a top employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network Magazine confirms that we are on the right track!

It is custom for us to celebrate Heritage months on our Facebook page with facts and figures, but this year we’ve created a new Pinterest board chalked full of great recipes too!    

Follow Sodexo USA Careers's board Hispanic Heritage Month on Pinterest.  
I’m celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by preparing this Sodexo recipe for Brazilian-style Chicken and Rice, just like you’ll find in our cafes. Not only is it easy to prepare, it’s healthy and nutritious and one of the many Mindful by Sodexo recipes that our Executive Chefs and Registered Dietitians collaborated on to help mindful choices become second nature for our customers.

Do you have a great Mexican, Latin or Brazilian recipe to share?  Provide the link in the comments below and we’ll make sure to pin it to our board! 

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