Monthly Archives: September 2013

Resume or Trash Fodder?

You may be the perfect fit for a job -- but a hiring manager is never going to find that out if he trashes your resume after a mere glance. Even in this age of online professional networking, a great resume is still the foundation of a successful job search.   It's common knowledge that spelling errors and grammatical bloopers are trash triggers (and these simple mistakes top many recruiters’ lists of resume pet peeves). But is there anything else that job seekers are unwittingly doing wrong? We asked some recruiting managers and career experts about the resume errors that cause…

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Examples of Resumes by Industry

Want to be the standout job candidate in your field? Then writing a resume that highlights your industry-specific experience, accomplishments and credentials is essential. If you need help customizing your resume to your field, check out these examples of resumes for various careers and career levels in the following industries: Administrative/Support | Art/Design/Media | Automotive | Education  Engineering | Finance/Accounting | Healthcare | Human Resources  Insurance | Law Enforcement | Manufacturing | Marketing/PR Nursing | Real Estate | Restaurant & Hospitality | Retail  Sales | Science | Technology | Trades | Transportation & WarehousingAdministrative/Support Executive Assistant Resume Entry-Level Admin Resume Midlevel Administrative Assistant Temporary Admin…

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6 Hot Jobs That Pay Over $80K Per Year

You can’t make the big bucks without taking on some responsibility. Those with the highest responsibilities -- over life and death --  earn some of the highest salaries, and perhaps that’s as it should be. We worked with the team at PayScale to pick out a half-dozen hot jobs that pay more than $80,000 per year to give a picture of what it takes to earn a superior salary. Not surprisingly, medical specialties offer excellent salaries, but that has to be balanced against the daunting educational requirements, potentially massive student loan debt and considerable workplace stress. The more common good-paying…

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Burger King introduces lower-calorie fries

Burger King Worldwide Inc. has introduced a lower-calorie French fry that it says has significantly less fat and fewer calories than its competitors’ offerings. The second-largest burger chain calls the new offering “Satisfries” and launched it Tuesday with a broad social media campaign. Miami-based Burger King said the new crinkle-cut fries are processed with a special coating that absorbs less oil. In a value-size serving, the coating reduces fat to 8 grams, or 40 percent less in than traditional fries, and reduces calories to 190, or about 30 percent less. “One out of every two Burger King guests orders our…

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Survey: Americans spend $936 per year on lunch at restaurants

American consumers, on average, eat lunch out at restaurants nearly twice a week, spending about $10 per occasion, for an average of about $936 per year, according to a new study from credit card company Visa. Spending patterns in Visa’s study differed among different demographics, but in some cases respondents who did not visit restaurants as often as their peers nonetheless spent more each time they visited. The variation suggests the importance of employing several strategies for marketing lunch, including loyalty programs or value menus for frequent visitors, or new products and limited-time offers to entice occasional customers. The survey…

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Darden Defends Pay Practices

The debate over the minimum wage and restaurant server pay has played out on newspaper opinion pages in recent weeks, with Darden Restaurants Inc. in the crosshairs. Scott Klinger, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C., wrote an opinion piece titled “Why Your Waiter Hasn’t Gotten a Raise in 22 Years,” which was distributed by the McClatchy-Tribune News Service earlier this month and published in newspapers like the Miami Herald. The article, which specifically mentions Darden, focuses on the sub-minimum wage of $2.13 per hour that restaurant owners can pay tipped…

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McDonald’s to Phase Out Plastic Cups

McDonald’s Corp. confirmed that it is transitioning from polystyrene beverage cups to a fiber-based paper cup for its McCafé hot drinks in a multiyear rollout at its more than 14,000 restaurants in the United States. According to an email from spokeswoman Ofelia Casillas, the exact design of the cup has not been determined, but McDonald’s has been testing paper cups in more than 2,000 units on the West Coast for a year and a half. Oakland, Calif.-based advocacy group As You Sow, which presented a shareholder resolution at McDonald’s Corp.’s 2011 shareholder meeting that called for phasing out polystyrene beverage…

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Vodka Tops Consumers Preferred Drink

Mixologists might love gin, and connoisseurs might tout whiskey, but vodka remains the spirit of choice among American consumers. Vodka accounts for 30 percent of all on-premise spirits, according to cocktail trend expert Donna Hood Crecca, Technomic Inc. senior director of the adult beverage resource group. Consumption of it, both on- and off-premise, grew by nearly 6 percent in 2012. Flavored vodka is driving growth. “There’s just a constant stream of flavors coming to market,” Crecca said.  New iterations range from dessert and candy-shop flavors such as cake, whipped cream and root beer float, to whimsical varieties such as peanut butter…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • 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
  • Duke was always available. There were several times I made unscheduled calls and texts, and he always had time for me. 

    I am grateful to have worked with Duke Witte during my search for employment. When I heard the word recruiter, I immediately put my guard up, but it quickly came down. Duke proved himself immediately as being in my corner, and that he had my best interests at heart. I explained to Duke upfront what’s important to me, my beliefs, and my interests. I was able to speak to Duke openly and comfortably. I’m a very private person, and Duke made me very comfortable by explaining his confidentiality process between prospect and recruiter. It has been awhile since I’ve had to look for work and be interviewed. I requested a mock interview with Duke, and it helped me. I don’t think the most highly of myself at times, and Duke strongly helped me build my confidence. My original resume I created read more as a detailed portfolio and Duke rearranged things in a way that would give me opportunity to speak on my skills and abilities. He explained that the resume is my golden ticket to getting the interview, and the interview is where I sell myself and share the details that I had in my original resume. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Duke during this process, and he is a strong advocate for those needing work. I will be referring him anytime I am able. Elliott Gray Duke was always available. There were several times I made unscheduled calls and texts, and he always had time for me. 
  • Jodi Furraitti at Patrice & Associates is absolutely fabulous!

      I could tell immediately that she loves what she does for her clients and really gets to know them in depth. I had been searching for my next career path for several months and then the Covid-19 debacle happened. No one was hiring. I had posted my resume on Indeed and that’s where Jodi found me. She does her homework and even answered emails, texts and calls both day and night, and even on weekends. The whole process was quick, professional and only took one interview for me to secure a General Manager role at a luxury motorcoach resort. Jodi is a great asset to Patrice & Associates, and with this being my first experience working with a recruiter, I am highly impressed. Well done! Carolyn Masten Jodi Furraitti at Patrice & Associates is absolutely fabulous!