Monthly Archives: July 2012

Hardees Opens 21 new locations in Minneapolis

There is lots of growth in our industry.  As a recruiter, it's great to see that companies are opening new locations and hiring! CKE Restaurants, parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's brands, announced its intent to develop new Hardee's restaurants throughout the Minneapolis Minnesota, area. The company is seeking to expand its Minneapolis footprint over the next several years and sees the potential to develop more than 59 new restaurants in the market. Currently, Hardee's operates 21 locations in the Minneapolis area. Actively seeking new franchisees, Hardee's will host an executive roundtable on July 31 in Minneapolis from…

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Noodles & Company Opens 300th Restaurant!

Noodles & Company, the restaurant brand that features a collection of dishes from around the world, announced today the opening of its 300th system-wide restaurant. The 300th restaurant is located in Waterloo, Iowa, on Crossroads Boulevard. To commemorate the landmark event, Noodles & Company invited hundreds of loyal fans to form a huge “300” on the ground and an aerial photo was taken from a helicopter. The photo was staged at Valley Lutheran School, and for every participant present, $1 was donated to the school. “We’re thrilled about this achievement and the opening of our 300th restaurant,” says Kevin Reddy,…

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Pret Gets Leg-Up on Menu Labeling!

By now, thanks to menu labeling laws in states like New York and California, slapping a calorie count on menuboards is old hat for many brands. But one brand has taken it a leap further. Last month, Pret A Manger—a sandwich chain with stores in markets like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.—began adding saturated fat, sugar, and sodium levels to its product labels both in store and online. The brand has always listed nutritionals on its website and included calorie counts on its labels for the past few years (even though, in markets outside of New York, it isn’t…

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How to Handle the Salary Question on an Application

One of the most difficult questions to answer (especially prior to an interview) is your salary requirement. There has been a significant increase in the number of online applications that are asking for this information. Obviously, if your salary requirement is too high you are screened out because you are over the salary range. If the salary you list is too low, you could be screened out for not being a strong enough contender or it could result in a low ball salary offer. The question comes up… do you have to answer this question on an online application form?…

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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.