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

  • David Hotovy was amazing in every way possible. 

    First off, I would like to say Thank you for all the support and help landing a spot for me.  We kept in contact everyday whether we were talking about family or work.  Even after the prospected new job kept us hanging, after we thought we landed it, he was there to make sure my mind was still right.  I actually want to work with him and the company now lol.  He stayed focused on finding me a spot and telling me that I have everything companies need.  To his Boss as well, to going to bat for me. I feel I made a new friend.  I don't know if there is anymore that I can say, I would love to do more for the company so your whole team is recognized.  I deal with businesses and customers a lot and this was by far the best customer experience I've ever had!  I thought I was the best!! If there is anything I can do for David and your company let me know.
    Cheers,
    Steven King
    David Hotovy was amazing in every way possible
  • Colleen Casey went above and beyond. 

    Colleen Casey of Patrice & Associates helped me obtain a Payroll position.  She helped build my confidence and mentored me through the interview process.  In my past career searches I have worked with other career agencies and never experienced the service I received working with Colleen.  She became my mentor with building up my confidence and how to go about interviewing for the company I have accepted my current position.  I would recommend the company, but would definitely tell anyone to contact Colleen if they are looking for a new position in the future.

    Thank you,

    Dorinda Sperry

    Colleen Casey went above and beyond
  • Corina Mack was wonderful to work with. 

    She was easy to speak with during the interview process and gave helpful tips. She was diligent with her follow-ups and very responsive to my calls/emails.  I would absolutely work with Corina again!
    Thank you!
    Amanda
    Corina Mack was wonderful to work with
  • Darryl is my Coach Angel. I'm very thankful to have been reached out to for this job.  At the same time I received the call I was just listening to something and then I received the call from Darryl and things were answered.  I'm even receiving more money than my last management job ( WOW ).  Thanks again, you all changed the game for me.           Sincerely, RASHEDA KEITH Darryl is my Coach Angel
  • Corina Mack was amazing!  

    She communicated well throughout the interview process and understood my goals and expectations of the job position.  She did a great job of connecting me to what the company was looking for in the VP of Operations position.  This gave me ability to be well prepared for my interviews.   Not only would I recommend Corina, but planning on using her in my new role to continue to staff accordingly.
    Thank you,
    Pete Hodges
    Corina Mack was amazing!