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

  • Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview process with my CEO management opportunity. Karen helped and coached me to prepare myself for the interviews. With Karen's help and my experience I feel that it was a perfect fit for Me.  It's pretty awesome to come back to work in my home town and connect to the community again 2o years later.  It awesome to be close to my family and old friends. I'm happy and proud to say that I'm working for a company that values and cares for there employees. I feel like this is a great opportunity that will open doors for my future. Thank you for your time And big thank you to Karen, she is amazing! Ron G Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview processChief Experience Officer, BC
  • I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome! Always easy to reach via texts, emails and phone. It felt like Cara was on my side and wanted what was best for me. Wrote an amazing resume. She helped set me up with all my interviews, provided interview coaching to help me land the job. She also checked on me completely throughout my whole experience. The best part is how she kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering and was very supportive throughout the interview process. I'll definitely highly recommend her in the future! Sincerely, Andrea I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome!
  • "I was very lucky to get recruited by Cara and the Patrice and Associates team. From start to finish Cara made me feel like I was the right person for this new step in my career. She was very easy to talk to and brought the best out of me when it came to preparing for my interview. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition and this great opportunity would never have happened without Cara. Thanks!!" - Chuck Amiss I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition
  • I must say at first I was a little skeptical on what Stephanie was doing with my resume but now after seeing the results I am so glad listened instead of reacting. I will definitely continue with this company and I've already started to recommend Stephanie and what she can and is more than willing to do for each individual.

    Eddie Zepeda I've already started to recommend Stephanie
  • During my 20+ years career in hospitality I had the opportunity to work either directly or indirectly with several recruiting firms and individuals. My most recent job search lead me to Bruce Leininger with Patrice and Associates. Bruce is one of those rare individuals who combines needs of the employer with knowledge and skills of the job seeker. He sees both perspectives, analyses where there is common ground between employer’s culture and applicant’s strengths, then delivers a candid assessment to both parties. Bruce was relentless in pursuit of job opportunities and in finding the “right fit” for my career profile. EVERYTHING that Bruce said and promised in his introduction to me was delivered, and even MORE! Most importantly I truly felt that Bruce was genuine, understanding and caring in regards to my specific needs and goals. As far as I am concerned when it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else. Ned Mirkovic, Hospitality General Manager When it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else.
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