Sodexo, Volunteers of America Create Professional Development Training Series for Veterans

New webinar series designed to provide essential skills to help veterans chart a successful career path.

Sodexo, (No. 6 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) world leader in Quality of Life services, in partnership with Volunteers of America, launched, on October 25, a collection of resources specifically designed to support veterans who may be transitioning to the civilian workforce or seeking to enhance their active duty career opportunities. Central to these resources is a new webinar series, which begins today, developed by Sodexo's Talent Acquisition team.

Strategic partnerships like those between Sodexo and Volunteers of America are essential. While the unemployment rate of veterans (4.2 percent) is actually lower than that for Americans on the whole (5 percent), the youngest group of post-9/11 veterans ages 18 – 24, face an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent. To improve on those numbers requires strategic partnerships that have a well-rounded understanding of transitioning military service members and workforce development.

"By and large there has been nearly a two-year trend in declining unemployment rates among veterans, but there is still a great deal of work to be done," said Steve Cox, vice president, public relations, Sodexo (United States Marine Corps, Retired). "Strategic partnerships with organizations like Volunteers of America can help former service members navigate the common challenges they encounter with career change and job advancement."

Sodexo's Talent Acquisition team developed the new webinar series, which launched today. The company also worked in partnership with Volunteers of America to create a host of resources that address:

- Career Strategy Planning and Networking

- Resume Essentials and Refreshing the Resume

- Interviewing Skills

The series is available through the Volunteers of America national website at

"We feel a strong sense of duty to ensure that those who served their country receive the help they need to build strong, successful lives after they return home," said Volunteers of America national president and CEO Mike King. "Because of our partnership with Sodexo, we can provide tools to our veteran clients that not only address their immediate needs, but help them to thrive long-term."

Volunteers of America, one of the nation's oldest and largest human service organizations, serves approximately 40,000 veterans annually through housing and programs tailored to their unique needs. Volunteers of America is especially committed to ending homelessness for those veterans on the street and preventing others from becoming homeless by providing a wide array of well-designed and managed services.

With more than 133,000 employees in North America, Sodexo actively recruits and hires veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard for positions in culinary and food service management, facilities and engineering management, clinical nutrition, environmental services, information technology, as well as sales, accounting, human resource management and numerous other disciplines.

Sodexo delivers more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life. The Fortune Global 500 company is a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations.

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Candidates who meet me now may not know my background (unless they visit my LinkedIn profile, of course), and while I am currently a Strategic Recruiter for Sodexo's Clinical Technology Management opportunities, I spent around 20 years in the field as a Biomed myself!

From what I've found, many people aren't sure what a Biomed career consists of - or sometimes they don't even realize it exists.

In a nutshell, biomedical equipment technicians, also called biomedical engineers, biomeds or BMETs for short, hold a critical position in filling the gap between medicine and technology. They make it possible for medical staff to use state of the art medical devices, providing the highest level of patient care.

So how did I end up there? In high school, I loved math and science, and it seemed to promise real opportunities for our changing world. This was when I discovered biomedical engineering, which combined my two passions - medicine and fixing things.

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Today, gender equality and diversity is just as important as ever. Imagine the great advances that could occur in engineering if men and women were working together more often to solve problems. While women have fought to win the rights that we have today, the battle is not over, particularly in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where women are still significantly underrepresented.

In my current role, I have the great opportunity to search the country for Healthcare Technology Management professionals and hope that I can use my position to inspire more women to consider the field from an early age.

For those who may be interested in learning more about Sodexo and the jobs we have available, I highly recommend attending in person events, like the upcoming AAMI Conference & Convention, where Sodexo Clinical Technology Management operators and recruiters will be there in person to answer your questions and help you get to know our company better.

In the meantime, head over to our dedicated career page to read stories from both men and women in the Sodexo CTM organization and find out how you can become part of the team.