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 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 Amiss 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.
  • 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!
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