Monthly Archives: August 2013

World’s Worst Restaurant Names

This video speaks for itself. Just what are people thinking?

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New US Restaurant Concept? Catch your own fish for dinner!

Catch your own fish then have it cooked fresh.  This is a great concept usually found in the islands or the keys.  You are on a boat all day, catch your fish, and local chefs will prepare it for you in a variety of menu options.  But for those of us who want the same experience but are not in the islands or the keys, this may be the next best things.  It will be interesting to see if this concept comes to the US.  

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Supermarkets New Competition for Quick Serves

The biggest challenge for many supermarket food operators isn't coming from their own stores’ center aisles or the prepared food departments at competing markets, but rather from nearby restaurants, according to a new report from Chicago-based foodservice market research firm Datassential.   The in-depth study, Supermarket Prepared Foods: Evolution Toward a True Foodservice Model, surveyed over 2,000 regular supermarket shoppers and 76 operators to provide a comprehensive analysis of how supermarkets can grow their prepared food departments.   Among the study’s findings: ·         Forty percent of operators say that nearby restaurants limit the growth of their prepared foods department. ·         A majority…

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Ten Tips to a Successful Interview

Interviews are often designed to be the second part of the interviewing process. The first step is typically looking at and screening your resume.  They usually choose anywhere from five to ten and then narrow down to two or three resumes to actively pursue.  The interviewing process is different for every corporation.  Some companies have one or two interviews; others may have as many as five.  Typically larger companies may require interviews with several different individuals.  For example, HR may be the initial interview, followed by interviews with various department heads or senior executive officers.  In all situations, the goal…

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Character Traits to Project During Your Interview

Image and first impressions are critical during your interviews!  You need to think about what image you want to create and how you will successfully accomplish that task. There are some character traits that are common and should be used in order to create that positive image!  The following are character traits that you should be incorporating into your first interviews. AUTHORITY Your ability to lead others attracts people to you.  When you project authority, you are on the right track toward impressing people. CERTAINTY Honest belief in a fact, an idea or a concept can inspire others to feel…

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Anticipate Objections

WHAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE… Objections are buying signs; they  are a request for more information.   Interviewing is a sales process.   In sales you must overcome at least three objections from every  prospect! It  is important to know objections are buying signs, a request for more  information.  There are four kinds of  objections: 1. Personal (your  personality, attitude) 2. Postponement (delay  tactic) 3. Price (salary/benefit  issues) 4. Service (your  skills/experience) If  you know what kind of objection you are given, you can easily overcome the  objection.  If you’ve received objections  that you have not been able to overcome in the past, write down what type of …

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I’m Not Comfortable Role Playing

There are many reasons why role  playing may not be something you can accomplish: You don't know anyone who can role play with you You are currently employed and don't want people to  know you are in a search You find it too embarrassing to get comfortable with  the process You don't want to be judged by someone who is not a  hiring authority If any of these describe your  situation, you have another option in order to enjoy the benefits of role    playing.  You can write down sample  interview questions which I have included later in this presentation.    Begin…

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Practice Makes Perfect

Think for a moment about great  athletes.  They certainly did not master  their sport quickly or easily.  It takes    years of dedication and practice in order for them to reach perfection.  Michael Jordan one of the greatest basketball    players of all time was also the hardest working player on his team.  He went to the gym after each game (no matter    how late) to work on any area he felt needed improvement. You don't win the Super Bowl,  NBA Finals or World Cup when you first begin to compete.  Your job search IS a   competition, so it is  not surprising…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Ms. Ross was great!

    First and foremost, I want to thank Carla Ross for helping me get the opportunity I was looking for. I was looking for a good job back in my home town and she definitely delivered. She was so nice and professional, and she made the process so fast and easy. I also love the fact she checked on me after I got hired.   Shareef Phillips Ms. Ross was great!
  • James was a true professional! 

    From to the first time we spoke, he knew the right questions to ask to help me refine my presentation.  He kept me informed every step of the way of my interview process and followed up after my employment started.  He deserves all my thanks.
    Jeremy Slade
    James was a true professional!
  • Working with David at Patrice and Associates was an excellent experience!

    David is super professional and really took a lot of time to talk with me, get to know what my needs are and match me with the best possible position. I always received speedy replies to any questions I had, and he was always accessible and accommodating to me throughout the process. I highly recommend working with this group for your needs, and would happily work with them in the future should I ever look for new opportunities. Thank you, Johnny Morgan Working with David at Patrice and Associates was an excellent experience!
  • Margo was fantastic!

    Throughout the process, she was able to get and keep me prepared and ready to answer any questions or curveballs that came my way.  I was better prepared during this interview process than I have ever been before.  A normally stressful process was made less so thanks to Margo.  She was the one that initially brought the opportunity to my attention and was there every step of the way to ensure I was successful.
    Thank you,
    Adam Saia
    Margo was fantastic!
  • I would like to say thank you for this great opportunity and helping me with the next mile stone on my career path.

    At first when I received the email I was uncertain that this would work. Upon talking to Michelle I discovered that not only was she really nice, but also quite resourceful. I started the process on a Tuesday and literally one week later I was offered a job on the spot, thanks to all of her assistance. We talked and I was able to be open with her.  She was able to put me in the mindset of my now area manager to go over what to say and do, and what to leave out during the interview. We went over resumes and she showed me how to improve mine so that I stood out. Overall if I ever had to do this again I would gladly work with Michelle but I’m secure in my career path.  Thanks again to Patrice and Associates, and Michelle! Keyona Ellis