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Become an Aramark Service Star

by Janet Farley, Contributing Editor

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You’re making the military transition and searching for a civilian job. Whether you’ve been waiting for this moment for years or have had it unceremoniously thrust upon you for one reason or another, the basic hopes are the same.

You hope you will find an employer soon who is a good fit for your skills and abilities.

You hope you will be able to acclimate to this different life reality quickly and have the genuine opportunity to grow and advance within a new civilian career.

Let’s hope you consider employment with Aramark, a highly successful international service company that “delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people’s lives by providing professional services across food, facilities and uniforms.”


Aramark, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., employs 270,000 “service stars” worldwide who provide a myriad of services to healthcare institutions, universities, school districts, stadiums and arenas as well as businesses in nearly every industry.

The company is a superstar in its own right having been repeatedly recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. It has also been honored by the National Business Group on Health as one of the “Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles” and by The Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Most admired. Healthy. Ethical. Perhaps you already see some similarities between what you have to offer and what Aramark clearly values organizationally.

The Front Line of Service

With so many accolades to its name, it is obvious that Aramark prefers to hire those having a higher standard than the norm.

“Aramark employees are the front line of service for our customers. They are the face of our company so it’s important that the right people are representing us,” said Cathleen Beetel, Aramark’s Director of Talent Acquisition in the company’s education sector.

The employees who work on those front lines do so in many types of jobs.

“We hire a wide range of positions from those who work as hourly associates to those supervising as operational managers to those who serve in executive levels of the company,” said Beetel.

Specific jobs recently advertised on the company’s website include office manager, facilities manager, custodial manager, food service director, financial analyst, human resources representative and assistant grounds manager, among others.

“We hire individuals who have a strong sense of integrity, loyalty and leadership. Military job seekers have those characteristics,” said Beetel.

To recruit veterans, Aramark turns to Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI), the largest military placement firm in the United States.

“We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with BMI. They not only meet but also exceed our expectations every time. When we work with them, we know that we are their top priority. They are very dedicated to their military job seeker candidates and these candidates often become our general managers, front line managers and resident district managers,” said Beetel. Simply put, Aramark makes the transition easier for everyone.

JT Blum, the BMI account representative for Aramark, is happy to be of such fruitful assistance. ”I love working with Aramark. With them, people are it. They want to hire phenomenal people and we are able to supply them,” said Blum.

The numbers back him up, too.

“Since February 2011, Aramark has hired more than 20 of our candidates,” said Blum.

Transitioners contemplating a job with Aramark will do well to note Blum’s suggestions.

“The military job seeker must be engaging, have strong interpersonal skills and leadership abilities based on intelligence,” said Blum.

“There also has to be a cultural fit,” he said.

Those service members with experience in facilities management are highly marketable to Aramark.

“Navy Seabees with a background in construction or civil engineers who have worked in a Red Horse squadron are also great candidates for employment here,” said Blum.

All is not lost if you have never worked in those types of positions while in uniform, however.

“Aramark hires character. They train the right person for the job,” said Blum.

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