Author Archives: patrice

June Jobs Report – Great New for Recruiting Industry

Almost every month the Jobs Report is great news for recruiting.  As the labor pool shrinks because unemployment is so low, the need to find top talent is often outsourced to Executive Search agencies. Additionally, the baby boomers are starting...

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Can a Robot Interview Better than Humans?

What is this world coming to!  I have seen many changes since I started Patrice & Associates without an internet.  Our big innovation was fax machines!  You may have seen this video on the internet. Think about the last time...

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You’re never too old to get rich if you follow these seven tips for starting a business

Franchise Ownership can change your life. I talk to lots of people over 50 that are looking at business ownership options because priorities in life change.  They want more control, work/life balance, and to create wealth and a legacy for...

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7 Tips for Finding a Job

1. Make a plan – Time and time again you hear, “make a plan and stick to it.” It’s not just something motivational speakers and political candidates say, it’s actually really helpful in your job search process too. By setting aside time...

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New Fast Casual Seafood Concepts

I find it interesting how restaurants are moving more into the seafood category on their menus.  Living my life on the Chesapeake Bay I can't bring myself to order "Maryland Crab Cakes" in another state ... like the midwest. Not...

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Quick-Serve Restaurants need to be be prepared for “lifestyle dieters”

"Lifestyle dieters" want choices in where they eat which often makes it difficult for restaurants to recruit managers that understand that concept. Just when gluten-free has begun to be manageable for most QSRs to safely serve for both customers who...

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Recruiting Interviewing Stories – Gaffes to watch out for

As a recruitment agency we see all kinds of situations. It has been amazing to watch what people do on interviews.  I had a candidate that was interviewing with Panera Bread who walked into the interview with a Starbucks coffee! ...

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Recruiting Tip: Interview Style

Throughout the years of recruiting, I've seen the "style" become more and more casual.  When interviewing for a job you have make sure you "look" the part of the job you are applying for. It should go without saying that...

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Be Prepared for the Interview – No Negative Body Language

As a career coach for 30 years, I've heard all the stories from recruiters about people going on interviews.  Recruitment is one thing, now you have the interview and there are many aspects to think about. Your body language can...

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I am so grateful for all that Jeannie did!

    I would love the opportunity to comment,  recommend and thank Jeannie Boland for her exceptional, professional and hands on approach to dealing with each one of her candidates. There is a certain expectation of the level of service and attention that a recruiter would provide to any particular candidate.

    Ms. Boland exceeded any and all of my expectations with her diligence, care provided, and genuine interest in my career during the rigorous application process. Each time there was more documentation needed or delay in bureaucratic procedure, Jeannie was the one who would calm my nerves and keep me focused rather than leave things to chance. Part of the reason I was able to excel and retain the desired position is because of Ms. Boland’s constant professionalism and confidence in me. I am so thankful.  I am so grateful for all that Jeannie did for me and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.

    Thank you again for everything,

    Christopher B. Zorn

    I am so grateful for all that Jeannie did!
  • Doug boosted my confidence!

    I have recently accepted a position at a great company with the help from Doug Lockwood.  Doug helped with every aspect of the interview process from checking on personal references, to updating an outdated resume, to providing me with literature to boost my confidence for my interviews. Thanks Doug! Sincerely, Anthony Renner Doug boosted my confidence!
  • Without Tom, I would not have heard of this amazing opportunity!!

    In early November of 2019 I began a preliminary search for new employment. As I was currently employed I’d say I was less than aggressive in this search . After a few short weeks of my resume being posted on INDEED I received an email from Mr. Tom Schmitt representing Patrice & Associates . After a great “ get to know you conversation “ Tom informed and educated me on an exciting opportunity coming soon to my area. After a second interview style phone conversation Tom put me in contact with a District Manger representing this opportunity. Shortly there after I had an offer letter which far exceeded the compensation and overall benefits package that my current employer was offering . Without Tom who was extremely professional and seemed truly interested in my situation, I fear I would have never heard of this great opportunity let alone got a foot in the door . Thank You Tom and Patrice & Associates . Warmest Regards, Dan Without Tom, I would not have heard of this amazing opportunity!!
  • Michael was always available to help!

    I would like to say that while I was working with Michael Bickle he was constantly attentive and truly helpful with every step of the hiring process. He arranged the interview, improved my resume, and gave me so much material for being successful during the hiring process. He was always available to answer all of my questions and to calm my nerves. He even helped to negotiate my salary for after my training is completed. I am truly grateful for his help and I wish him every success throughout the course of his career. I will definitely reach out to Michael Bickle and/or Patrice and Associates if I ever need help with my career again.   Thank you, Denae Rebecca Michael was always available to help!
  • Darryl Jackson has been so amazing!!

    I was in a really bad place, emotionally and professionally, when Darryl called me. After just the first conversation, I felt like there was hope. Since then, there have been many, many conversations. Darryl guided me through the entire interview process for a job that he knew I would land, in the industry that I love.  He has also guided me through a complete change in my outlook on life as a whole. Darryl is the whole deal!  He didn't just help me find a new job; he's become my life coach and my friend.  I am so blessed to have Darryl's assistance and guidance in my life. He's seeing me into a great new adventure on my journey.  I wouldn't be so ready for this next chapter without him. When the next new adventure comes my way, I am so thrilled to say that Darryl will be there to see me through it too! Sincerely, Shauna Darryl Jackson has been so amazing!!