Monthly Archives: December 2013

Jersey Mike’s Donates $305,000 to Veteran Nonprofit

Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and other cemeteries across the country, announced that Jersey Mike’s, a nationwide sub sandwich franchise, donated $305,000 to support its mission to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and their families, and teach children the value of freedom. From October 1 through November 11, Jersey Mike's locations throughout the U.S. collected donations for the nonprofit organization. This is the fourth consecutive year the company held a fundraising campaign for WAA. This year’s campaign consisted of a three-part initiative. Fans…

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2013 Best Brand Stories

Excerpt from QSR Magazine My year-end top brand stories recap was well received last year, and I decided to do it again. I’ll break from my usual Q&A format to recap this year’s most important brand developments in fast food. Taco Bell. Taco Bell continued to ride the wave it created last year with Doritos Locos Tacos by firing up both the product and the marketing innovation cylinders in 2013. It started in March with the much-anticipated rollout of Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. Although restaurants ran out of product on the special “Fan Day” planned to reward social media…

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Retail & Restaurant Competition?

Grocery, convenience and drug store retailers have long nipped at restaurant sales, but lately those retailers are stepping up their game in an effort to take bigger bites of the foodservice pie. A variety of freshly prepared foods are taking up the space that once held predictable roller-grill hot dogs, and venues are being upgraded to elevate the perception of retail-prepared foods and better appease consumers’ unrelenting need for convenience.

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Job Fair Tips

MAKE THE BEST OUT OF JOB FAIRS Most job seekers find employment through their networking efforts. Attending a job fair can be an effective way to build your professional network and possibly secure your next job. The following advice will help you get the most out of job fairs. TIP #1 Pre-register for the event so you can obtain a list of companies participating prior to attending. TIP #2 Research companies prior to the job fair to arrived prepared. TIP #3 Write down questions you plan to ask each recruiter. Refrain from asking obvious questions, for example: “What does your…

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Social Media and your Job Search

Social Media can help you find a job and connect with people who can assist you. However, the use of social networks can work both ways. When used wrong they can backfire and jeopardize a job offer or even your current job. It's important to consider the do's as well as the don'ts if you utilize social media in your job search. YOU NEED AN ONLINE PRESENCE It's important to have an online presence to showcase your skills and experience. Your online profiles will also help you connect with contacts who can assist with your search or help you advance in your…

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Too Shy to Network?

Often the phrase of "networking" can be quite intimidating, especially when you’re talking about using it to find a new job. Let me assure you: It doesn’t have to be so scary! Conservative estimates have shown that nearly 60% of ALL jobs get filled via networking. Yes, a whopping 60%! Never underestimate the power of a recommendation or endorsement from a third party in your job search! Given that it’s such an impressive number and the majority of open jobs are filled via networking, let’s look at the top 3 things you can do today using networking to find a…

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Enhance Your Job Search through Networking

Over 50% of individuals who obtain a new job have used some method of networking.  Networking should be an integral part of your job search strategy. Simply explained, developing and utilizing a personal network links the people you know to the people they know which results in a constant increase in your number of contacts. Networking can be utilized in different ways: • Gathering, collecting and gaining information and contacts • The ability to gain benefits from the referred contacts • Doors open that would have been closed without a contact • To obtain job leads Your primary goal is to obtain job leads…

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Determine Career Goals

Once you have committed to making a job change, the first step is to set specific goals.  This applies to the individuals currently on the job market as well as individuals who are employed, but open to new opportunities. Most individuals want to find a job that will provide them with personal satisfaction, competitive compensation, benefits and the opportunity for growth.  It is important to be realistic about current qualifications as well as the specific type of work you want to do.  A self appraisal process can help you fine tune your career objectives. Write out your answers for the…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • 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!
  • I don’t have enough great things to say about Clint Carpenter!

    His continued support and insight have been invaluable.  He hit the ground running by asking the tough questions, managing expectations, and providing the essential motivation needed to get me across the finish line.  Clint Carpenter has the dynamic leadership and mentorship qualities that can transform a candidate‘s potential into reality.  I’m overwhelmingly impressed by his integrity, candor, and tenacity.  He has a genuine compassion and empathy that is unparalleled.  My family and I can’t express the absolute gratitude we have for Clint as he truly changed our lives forever. Thank you! Mitch Johnson I don’t have enough great things to say about Clint Carpenter!