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

  • 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!