Monthly Archives: March 2010

Finding a Job IS a Job

No matter what level of position you are seeking, there are certain tips that are universal. Looking for that next career move today is more complicated than in the past. One would think that all the new technology of today would make finding a job easier - quite the contrary. The world of the internet has changed all the rules. Job seekers today have to realize that what's on the web could have a direct correlation not only to whether or not they get a job, but whether or not they get that first call for an interview. If you are looking…

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My Job Sucks Contest Winner Cruises to the Bahamas!

Nancy K'ian, of Port Charlotte FL,  is the winner of our recent  My Job Sucks contest!  Nancy has won a 5 day cruise for two to the Bahamas and is checking her calendar now! Why Nancy says  Her Job Sucks: "I am a bookkeeper for a small insurance office.  My boss has gotten into the habit of asking me to hand-wash and pat dry his toupee. He has a body odor that stinks like rotting fish.  Even the phones are impregnated with his bad breath. Since he lost his driver's licence, I have to drive him to meetings while he boozes…

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Lettuce Entertain You expands portfolio

Day after day we are seeing articles about the restaurant industry expanding. It is truly a sign the economy is starting to level off. Prolific multiconcept operator Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises opened two Mexican concepts in Las Vegas on Thursday, a week after debuting its latest Chicago restaurant, M Burger.  Located at the Fashion Show Mall on the Las Vegas Strip, El Segundo Sol Taqueria and Margarita Bar serves Mexican fare and offers a wide selection of beer and margaritas. The concept also features a private tequila tasting lounge. Directly in front of El Segundo Sol sits Street Taco, a…

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Darden sees potential for 1,000 more units

It's nice to see yet another article about the hospitality industry turning around. The hospitality industry impacts so many jobs at so many levels from the actual restaurant managers and workers, to vendors and their sales reps, to uniform companies and janitorial supply companies. People do not think about the ripple effect of a restaurant closing because people stop supporting their local establishments. Darden Restaurants Inc. president and chief operating officer Andrew Madsen laid out a plan last week that calls for more growth for the casual-dining company, to the tune of more than 1,000 additional units. During a fast-paced luncheon…

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Check Out The Secret McMenu Item That’s Sweeping San Francisco, The Mc10:35

Derek was doing research on the internet and stumbled upon a McDonald's secret menu item that can only be ordered during the changeover from breakfast to the standard menu. The Mc10:35 is the unholy but oh-so-hot union between the McDouble and Egg McMuffin. He found a story about a guy that heard from a cashier about Mc10:35 at one of the local McDonald's. He said it's getting kind of a cult following in San Francisco. For you to be able to try this sandwich: 1. Go to McD's right when they are transitioning from breakfast to lunch. 2. Order one…

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McDonald’s tests $1.99 oatmeal

McDonald’s is bolstering its breakfast lineup with tests of oatmeal, an item that has proved popular in the morning at rival chains. The Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, which includes brown sugar, apples, raisins, cranberries and a touch of cream, is being sold all day in McDonald's restaurants in Northern California, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. A company spokeswoman said the oatmeal has been "well-received by customers," but no decisions have been made about rolling out the item nationally. The trial comes as oatmeal has proven its value as a popular item for the morning daypart, especially at drink specialists looking to…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview process with my CEO management opportunity. Karen helped and coached me to prepare myself for the interviews. With Karen's help and my experience I feel that it was a perfect fit for Me.  It's pretty awesome to come back to work in my home town and connect to the community again 2o years later.  It awesome to be close to my family and old friends. I'm happy and proud to say that I'm working for a company that values and cares for there employees. I feel like this is a great opportunity that will open doors for my future. Thank you for your time And big thank you to Karen, she is amazing! Ron G Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview processChief Experience Officer, BC
  • I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome! Always easy to reach via texts, emails and phone. It felt like Cara was on my side and wanted what was best for me. Wrote an amazing resume. She helped set me up with all my interviews, provided interview coaching to help me land the job. She also checked on me completely throughout my whole experience. The best part is how she kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering and was very supportive throughout the interview process. I'll definitely highly recommend her in the future! Sincerely, Andrea I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome!
  • "I was very lucky to get recruited by Cara and the Patrice and Associates team. From start to finish Cara made me feel like I was the right person for this new step in my career. She was very easy to talk to and brought the best out of me when it came to preparing for my interview. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition and this great opportunity would never have happened without Cara. Thanks!!" - Chuck A I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition
  • I must say at first I was a little skeptical on what Stephanie was doing with my resume but now after seeing the results I am so glad listened instead of reacting. I will definitely continue with this company and I've already started to recommend Stephanie and what she can and is more than willing to do for each individual.

    Eddie Zepeda I've already started to recommend Stephanie
  • During my 20+ years career in hospitality I had the opportunity to work either directly or indirectly with several recruiting firms and individuals. My most recent job search lead me to Bruce Leininger with Patrice and Associates. Bruce is one of those rare individuals who combines needs of the employer with knowledge and skills of the job seeker. He sees both perspectives, analyses where there is common ground between employer’s culture and applicant’s strengths, then delivers a candid assessment to both parties. Bruce was relentless in pursuit of job opportunities and in finding the “right fit” for my career profile. EVERYTHING that Bruce said and promised in his introduction to me was delivered, and even MORE! Most importantly I truly felt that Bruce was genuine, understanding and caring in regards to my specific needs and goals. As far as I am concerned when it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else. Ned Mirkovic, Hospitality General Manager When it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else.