Monthly Archives: June 2013

Do’s and Don’ts of an Online Job Search

Searching for jobs online can be convenient and efficient if done correctly or frustrating and time-consuming if done incorrectly. While you may see thousands of job listings right at your fingertips, it's easy to get overwhelmed and waste opportunities if you're applying carelessly or using standard website settings. Adjusting to this new job-search process may seem confusing, but it isn't impossible. The job search has changed from printed résumés and pounding the pavement to online job boards and one-click applications. Here are some do's and don'ts for job-searching online.   Do take advantage of narrowing search results While you may…

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Today’s Restaurant News

O'Charley's Launches Television Campaign ‎Today, ‎June ‎26, ‎2013, ‏‎ O'Charley's has begun airing television advertisements across its footprint featuring a new spokes-patron and slogan that pay homage to the classic restaurant's heritage as 'An American O'riginal' since 1972. Buffets, Inc. Announces Two Senior Appointments ‎Today, ‎June ‎26, ‎2013, ‏‎Chip Romp Tapped For Newly Created Vice President Of Training; Jay Allen Tapped As Senior Vice President Real Estate And Development Starbucks Plans to Open 100 New Stores in Malaysia over the Next Four Years ‎Today, ‎June ‎26, ‎2013, ‏‎ Ahead of its 15-year anniversary celebrations in Malaysia, Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX)…

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Are you a good fit for a small company?

If you're job hunting, one way to potentially increase your chances of success is to look for a position with a small business. Many applicants focus their efforts on large companies, because they either are attracted to the idea of working for a household name or believe these companies have more openings. Yet pursuing employment opportunities with smaller companies can be a wise move. Before you begin sending your résumé to every small employer with an opening, however, make sure you'd be a good fit for the company. Small businesses often have very defined corporate cultures, and working at a mom-and-pop shop…

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Feel like you are alone looking for a job?

Do you ever feel that you are the only person, who can’t find a new job? It’s very difficult to hear   how the job market is improving when it hasn’t directly impacted your job search. If you feel like an island, it is probably time to join a local Job Club, attend Job Fairs and network with other job seekers as often as possible. This activity can also improve your ability to schedule informational interviews as well as job interviews.   You may interact with someone who just turned down a job that was not a fit for them, but…

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Qdoba to Close 67 Units

Jack in the Box Inc. said Monday that it plans to close 67 company-operated locations of Qdoba Mexican Grill by September, about 10 percent of the fast-casual chain’s system. The move comes after the company conducted a comprehensive review of market performance for the Denver-based Qdoba, which has struggled in certain markets in recent years. At the end of the company’s April-ended second quarter, the chain had 647 locations, of which 340 were company owned.4 The closures are scheduled to take place before the company’s fiscal year ends on Sept. 29, but officials did not say which restaurants would close…

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Best Outdoor Restaurant Series: Chart House Restaurant

The Chart House in Annapolis is my very favorite restaurant. My husband takes me there for special occasions and they even customized a menu that read "Happy Birthday Patrice"!  The food, freshness and service is impeccable and of course the view is breathtaking.   A word from Chart House Restaurant - Ft. Lauderdale Located right on the water with an unparalleled patio, Chart House overlooks the magnificent Intracoastal Waterway. Combine the extraordinary setting with outstanding cuisine & it’s easy to see why the Chart House is a favorite of locals and tourists. Since 1961, Chart House has been dedicated to…

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Interview Tips: How to Get the Most Out of a Recruiter

Using the industry knowledge and networks of recruiters can be a critical component of any job search. A professional recruiter can offer career advice, inside knowledge of your target industry or company, compensation guidance and "cultural fit" insight on prospective employers. With the right recruiter you can: Avoid the general inbox: Recruiters have relationships with human resources and hiring managers, so your résumé goes directly to them, not a "job response inbox" containing hundreds of résumés. Access unadvertised opportunities: Recruiters often know about and fill positions well before they are advertised. Gain valuable insight regarding company culture: A good recruiter should be able…

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Recipe: Summertime Favorite – Hot & Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings

What You Need 12  chicken wings (2 lb.), split at joints 3/4 cup  Mayonnaise 3 Tbsp.  Buffalo wing sauce 1 tsp.  garlic powder 1/4 cup   Ranch Dressing Make It HEAT grill for indirect grilling: Light one side of grill, leaving other side unlit. Close lid; heat grill to 400ºF. PLACE chicken wings in single layer in shallow foil pan.  Place pan on grate over unlit area; cover. Grill 20 min. or until wings are lightly browned, monitoring for consistent temperature. MEANWHILE, mix mayo, hot pepper sauce and garlic powder until blended.  Reserve 1/2 cup mayo mixture; mix remaining mayo mixture with ranch…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I am grateful to have met Corina and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!

    Corina Mack was extremely thorough and quick to respond to all of the needs of myself as well as her business client. Her ability to communicate between the 2 of us made the process so quick. Corina was very knowledgeable about the company she was representing and their current team that was in place. Sometimes companies receive an overwhelming amount of applications for positions and Corina’s ability to pre-screen potential candidates surely expedited this businesses needs to fill their role.           Regards, John R. Guyon III I am grateful to have met Corina Mack and will surely have a professional working relationship with her for years to come!
  • Erin DeFreitas was Top - Notch!

    Could not have been better!

                          Thank You!     Eddie T. Erin DeFreitas was top-notch!
  • I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!

    Jackie was my recruiter and she truly is an exceptional addition and excellent employee!  Patrice & Associates provided amazing service which made my decision to chose this organization to work for seamless.  I have referred Jackie to a few of my friends, and I am confident they will receive the same outstanding experience as well!

    All the best,

    Chantal

    I am beyond thankful Jaclynn Graybill!
  • I give Jay a 10 out of 10! 

    Jay Gray is an exceptional recruiter and someone who truly cares about what his client is seeking for employment. Jay helped me through the entire hiring process and made me feel confident about my new career opportunity. I am truly grateful to have had his help. Once again, thank you for you service and it really did help me in a time I needed someone like Jay to come in and help secure a position that valued my worth. I’m really enjoying my position and I’m fortunate for the help!               Much Thanks! Walker Patterson I give Jay a 10 out of 10!
  • I have been nothing but completely happy with Jonathan Litt

    Jonathan Litt has been absolutely amazing during the process of getting me hired for a new position. I’ve been in hospitality for many years, as a Director of Finance in hotels. The last year and a half has been quite difficult, even for those of us who remained employed during the pandemic. After a year of running a department alone due to property wide layoffs, a stressful transition (brand and management company), working crazy hours, along with a 20% paycut for 9 months, I started feeling very overwhelmed and drained. I told myself it might be time for a change and I was going to let the universe help me. And, it happened! Jonathan Litt found my resume and reached out to me inquiring if I was interested in a Finance Manager position, in the Food world. And, I thought that it was worth speaking to him.
    Immediately, I felt this position might be a great fit for me. From the very first email, and texts, he was amazing. He is so professional and helpful, down to helping with revising my resume to point out things I hadn’t even thought of, to helping with getting prepared for the interview. I’m so confident in my abilities but always hated interviews because you never remember the things you want to explain or the right questions to ask. I also find it to be amazing that he reaches out via text because we all know how much easier texting can be these days when you’re in meetings and/or have deadlines and cannot always hop on a call. I was offered the position and start in 2 weeks and I’m so excited! I’m grateful that I can stay in finance, while taking a chance in a new direction, albeit still in hospitality, and will finally have a better work/life balance.
    I would absolutely recommend Jonathan Litt not only for anyone seeking a new role or for companies seeking the next “right fit” for their business. I look forward to keeping Jonathan in my circle of contacts.
    Thanks,
    Erica Garner
    I have been nothing but completely happy with Jonathan Litt