Monthly Archives: June 2012

Smartphone technology gives businesses and consumers payment flexibility

All the new technology allows us, as recruiters, do really get to know our candidates and be available in their time.  We spend a great deal of time texting candidates to schedule appointments, getting quick answers to questions, skyping interviews for the in-person interview.  When I started this business 23 years ago there wasn't even an internet! With smartphones getting smarter, smaller, and speedier all the time, concurrent advances in mobile point-of-sale technology are presenting restaurants with the opportunity to make their POS systems mobile. There are now numerous POS platforms that leverage the iPhone and other mobile devices, including…

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Free Live Webinar – How to Stay Marketable when Unemployed

My goal is not to just help people through our recruiting efforts but to help everyone find a job.  To this end, I have developed a FREE website to help people with all backgrounds find jobs.  Please register on my site at www.patricecareerhelp.com  Free "live" person review your resume Free Webinars on topics that can help you find a job Information on schools for retraining Upcoming Webinar: Topic: How to Stay Marketable When Unemployed Date: Thursday, June 28th Time: 11:00am EST (8:00am PST, 9:00am MST, 10:00am CST) Description: If you have been in a job search for several month or…

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NRA Applauds Passage of Health Care Cost Reduction Act

The National Restaurant Association today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the bipartisan “Health Care Cost Reduction Act of 2012” (H.R. 436), which will lower the cost of health insurance for employers and return some flexibility to the use of Health Spending Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) for restaurant employees and consumers. “On behalf of the nation’s nearly one million restaurants, who employ nearly 13 million Americans, and the millions of guests we serve each day, the National Restaurant Association appreciates the continued efforts of members of Congress to address the affordability…

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Garbanzo to Expand into D.C.-Baltimore Market

Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill announced today the company’s expansion into the Washington D.C./Baltimore market. Garbanzo is planning to open five to 10 company-owned locations in this area over the next 12-24 months. “We are very excited to grow the Garbanzo concept to the East Coast and provide our fresh, authentic menu offerings to the D.C. and Baltimore communities,” says Alon Mor, Garbanzo founder, president and CEO. “A hotbed for popular eateries and diverse cuisine, our nation’s capital and surrounding areas provide prime locations for Garbanzo restaurants. With a couple retail sites already identified, we are still exploring other location options…

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Millions of LinkedIn passwords reportedly leaked online

I came across this today and thought I would warn everyone Millions of LinkedIn passwords reportedly leaked online by Lance Whiney LinkedIn users could be facing yet another security problem. A user in a Russian forum says that he has hacked and uploaded almost 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords, according to The Verge. Though his claim has yet to be confirmed, Twitter users are already reporting that they've found their hashed LinkedIn passwords on the list, security expert Per Thorsheim said. LinkedIn revealed through its own tweet that it's looking into reports of stolen passwords, and it advised users to stay…

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Cinnabon Spotlights Chocolate-, Cherry-Flavored Items

Cinnabon bakeries are now adding chocolate and cherry flavors to its world famous cinnamon roll and blended beverages. Now through Nov. 3, Chocolate-Covered Minibons, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Chillattas, and Cherry Tangy Chillattas are available at participating bakeries. “We’re excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the Minibon roll’s 25th birthday by showcasing this smaller sweet treat with a disturbingly delicious twist of decadent chocolate,” says Kat Cole, president of Cinnabon. “Adding chocolate and cherry to our fans’ favorite products gives them the alternative to enjoy our unique flavors in different ways.” In addition to the Chocolate-Covered Minibon, Cinnabon is featuring a…

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Starting Salary Comparisons between 2011 and 2012 Grads

As you grab hold of those shiny diplomas this graduation season, you’re probably wondering what the hiring landscape looks like and what salaries are available depending on your major or area of focus.   You’re in luck. The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently released its April 2012 Salary Survey. The survey found that the average starting salary for the Class of 2012 is $44,442, up 6.6 percent when compared with the Class of 2011.   Here’s a list of common academic majors for the Class of 2012, salary comparisons with 2011 and related degrees or occupations with high…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • 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.
  • Let me just say, Thank you Karl. You have been the best recruiter I have ever worked with by far. I was completely impressed with your professionalism, you took the time to get to know me and my work history. After recent experiences with other recruiters you made me feel like a candidate that is capable of my skills and knowledge within my field.

    I would suggest Karl to any of my colleagues looking to move on to bigger and better positions.

    Laurie Estes You have been the best recruiter I have ever worked with!
  • I would like to say that I am grateful for my experience working with Alicia Terrell and I  highly recommend her service. I asked for her help after she found a management position for my husband in the restaurant industry at a company that values their employees, and she has now done the same for me with another brand. I am moved by her passion, kindness, and tenacity in finding the right career choice for me. When I started working with her, she took the time to listen to what’s important to me in a brand, my experience, and my goals, and found a great fit. She helped make my transition out of my previous job smooth and went above and beyond to be available and answer my questions, giving me insight during that process as well. Because of her willingness to provide quality instead of just a quick fix, I feel like I have already found a home within the Chicken Salad Chick brand and I am excited for the growth and opportunity that lies ahead for me. I wouldn’t have been as prepared or sure of this being a step in the right direction without her knowledge and passion. Thank you! Alicia helps another person find a job!
  • I'm quite happy to testify on Mike's behalf!  Mike did a fantastic job finding a new home for me, finding a company with the right feel...and the right benefits.  His experience in the industry allowed him to give me resume guidance that helped market myself to prospective employers.  Once I had their attention he provided interview coaching to help me land the job.  The best part is how he kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering.  I'll definitely recommend him in the future, and in fact I've already passed along a friend's resume! Mike did a fantastic job finding a new home for me.
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