Monthly Archives: March 2014

Wacky Hotel Series: Nuclear Bunker Hotel, Switzerland

Null Stern Hotel. Touted as the world's first "Zero Star Hotel" it is in fact a converted underground nuclear bunker in St. Gallen Switzerland. A group of 15 guests inaugurated the hotel, sleeping the night from Thursday to Friday in the former bunker embellished with artistic decoration and real hotel duvets. But that was only a trial run, and regular operation of the hotel will require approval of an operating budget by the town of Sevelen. The hostelry in the northeastern region of St. Gallen, which is part of the town's project to convert the hardly used nuclear bunker, is…

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Wacky Hotel Series: Dog Bark Inn, Idaho

At Dog Park Inn - Sleeping in the Dog House is a Good thing! Dog Bark Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse inside the worlds biggest beagle.  Guests enter the body of the beagle from a 2nd story deck. Some of the decorative furnishings are chainsaw carvings by the owners. Inside and up to the head of the dog is a loft room for additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle.  The bathroom is actually a fire hydrant in the corner! For Reservations and more information : Dog Park Inn

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Wacky Hotel Series: Capsule Hotel, Netherlands

These oil-rig survivor pods have been repurposed to become floating accommodations moored in the Hague. They’ve got chemical toilets, mini-libraries, snacks, DVD players, sleeping cushions and interiors done by various artists and designers. Glamorous? No. Out-there cool? Yes. Also ranked as one of the world's tiniest hotel rooms!   More Pictures    

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Ten Most Unique Restaurants in the World

Some of these are definitely on my Bucket List!   )  

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Career Advisor: Start Today with New Energy for your Job Search!

Put new energy behind your job search starting today. The success or lack thereof that you have experienced in your job search is 100% based on the decisions you have made up until this very moment in time. If you want to improve the results you t continue to make the same decisions going forward. For the next ten days, conduct a time study of your job search activities. Write down how many hours you dedicate daily to your search, how many resumes you submit, how much time you spend researching, how many interviews or informational interviews you schedule, etc.…

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How Winter Weather is Impacting Restaurants

We All have to eat ... and this year we have had a bad case of winter blues. Wall Street analysts predict that rising heating bills will take a cut of already limited consumer discretionary spending, serving as a “crowding out” factor that will likely last through late spring. Charles Grom, analyst with Sterne Agee, estimated in a report released Wednesday that natural gas bills — the primary source of heat for about half of U.S. households — will rise about 73 percent this winter, translating to about a 6-percent drag on consumer spending, with particular ramifications in the Midwest…

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The Severe Weather and Jobs Impact

Although the snow was beautiful this winter, it played havoc with people's lives including job hunting!  Below is an article published by the Associated Press as the Job Report was released last Friday. Last monthʹs harsh winter weather cut across the U.S. economy, closing factories, canceling flights and keeping shoppers home.  Employers, though, kept hiring. They added 175,000 jobs in February, the government said Friday, far more than in December and January. So why didnʹt the weather put job growth in a deep freeze? Mainly because of how the government counts company payrolls. The Labor Department calculates jobs by asking companies…

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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!