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

  • Working with David at Patrice and Associates was an excellent experience!

    David is super professional and really took a lot of time to talk with me, get to know what my needs are and match me with the best possible position. I always received speedy replies to any questions I had, and he was always accessible and accommodating to me throughout the process. I highly recommend working with this group for your needs, and would happily work with them in the future should I ever look for new opportunities. Thank you, Johnny Morgan Working with David at Patrice and Associates was an excellent experience!
  • Margo was fantastic!

    Throughout the process, she was able to get and keep me prepared and ready to answer any questions or curveballs that came my way.  I was better prepared during this interview process than I have ever been before.  A normally stressful process was made less so thanks to Margo.  She was the one that initially brought the opportunity to my attention and was there every step of the way to ensure I was successful.
    Thank you,
    Adam Saia
    Margo was fantastic!
  • I would like to say thank you for this great opportunity and helping me with the next mile stone on my career path.

    At first when I received the email I was uncertain that this would work. Upon talking to Michelle I discovered that not only was she really nice, but also quite resourceful. I started the process on a Tuesday and literally one week later I was offered a job on the spot, thanks to all of her assistance. We talked and I was able to be open with her.  She was able to put me in the mindset of my now area manager to go over what to say and do, and what to leave out during the interview. We went over resumes and she showed me how to improve mine so that I stood out. Overall if I ever had to do this again I would gladly work with Michelle but I’m secure in my career path.  Thanks again to Patrice and Associates, and Michelle! Keyona Ellis
  • Duke was always available. There were several times I made unscheduled calls and texts, and he always had time for me. 

    I am grateful to have worked with Duke Witte during my search for employment. When I heard the word recruiter, I immediately put my guard up, but it quickly came down. Duke proved himself immediately as being in my corner, and that he had my best interests at heart. I explained to Duke upfront what’s important to me, my beliefs, and my interests. I was able to speak to Duke openly and comfortably. I’m a very private person, and Duke made me very comfortable by explaining his confidentiality process between prospect and recruiter. It has been awhile since I’ve had to look for work and be interviewed. I requested a mock interview with Duke, and it helped me. I don’t think the most highly of myself at times, and Duke strongly helped me build my confidence. My original resume I created read more as a detailed portfolio and Duke rearranged things in a way that would give me opportunity to speak on my skills and abilities. He explained that the resume is my golden ticket to getting the interview, and the interview is where I sell myself and share the details that I had in my original resume. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Duke during this process, and he is a strong advocate for those needing work. I will be referring him anytime I am able. Elliott Gray Duke was always available. There were several times I made unscheduled calls and texts, and he always had time for me. 
  • Jodi Furraitti at Patrice & Associates is absolutely fabulous!

      I could tell immediately that she loves what she does for her clients and really gets to know them in depth. I had been searching for my next career path for several months and then the Covid-19 debacle happened. No one was hiring. I had posted my resume on Indeed and that’s where Jodi found me. She does her homework and even answered emails, texts and calls both day and night, and even on weekends. The whole process was quick, professional and only took one interview for me to secure a General Manager role at a luxury motorcoach resort. Jodi is a great asset to Patrice & Associates, and with this being my first experience working with a recruiter, I am highly impressed. Well done! Carolyn Masten Jodi Furraitti at Patrice & Associates is absolutely fabulous!