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Testimonials – Celebrating Success

Recent Testimonials About our Talented, Hardworking Franchisees:   "Ken Welch was attentive and enthusiastic from our first conversation. I wasn't really sure when I listened to his voicemail where he was from. When returning the call I was hesitant for taking up his time I was not really interested at the moment for a career change. As we had each conversation he was very professional, listened clearly and engaged in conversation, coaching me each step of the way. As he explained what job I was applying to I suddenly felt I must see this through. Ken was there to guide me…

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The Importance of Workplace Culture in the Restaurant Industry

Culture within the Workplace:   Every day is a new adventure when it comes to restaurant management recruiting, and every day I speak with numerous leaders seeking new career opportunities. Through these talks, I learn about the shared passions, goals, and desires of leaders in restaurant industry. It is an integral part of my job that I pinpoint exactly what talented leaders are lacking in their current positions to best help them find jobs that fit their individual needs. Most managers I speak with stress their need to find a position at a company whose culture is defined by their…

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Reconsidering the Counter-Offer

The counter-offer dilemma Approaching your employer about a new job offer can sometimes lead to the company presenting a counter-offer.  Here are a few things to consider when faced with a counter-offer. What prompted your job search? Looking towards the future, will you be professionally fulfilled by accepting a counter-offer? Are your talents being utilized at your current position? During your job hunt, were you seeking growth and new challenges? Before accepting a counter-offer, consider whether a pay raise will override the reasons you began your job search in the first place. Is your work truly being valued? Is accepting a pay…

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Success in the Restaurant Industry

5 Tips for Restaurant Employers and Job Seekers   Employers:   Match the skill set and the culture.  If a restaurant’s culture is family oriented, they need a staff member who is personable and who can become part of a close-knit restaurant “family.” At a larger, high-end restaurant candidates tend to be more corporate leaders who can hold the staff below them accountable. Look at a candidate’s past experience and take note of the size and volume of the restaurants where they have worked previously. Use social media to reach candidates.  LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — social media is a powerful tool…

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New Franchisees: February 2017

Help us welcome our new Franchisees to the P&A family!   As our company grows, so does our Patrice and Associates' family.  Click on each of our new franchisees to learn even more about them!   Roberto Sempe Territory: Northern Virginia Roberto’s passion is helping others reach their potential and achieve their goals. He has a multicultural background and has worked in the US, Europe and several countries in Latin America, having held positions of regional and global responsibility. Roberto’s twenty-five years of experience as a strategic finance professional in the corporate world and his skills as Business Coach and Trainer, allow…

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2016: A Tough Year for the Restaurant Industry

A Tough Year for the Restaurant Industry:   Last year proved to be difficult for the restaurant industry. Nation’s Restaurant News reported yesterday that Buffalo Wild Wing’s fourth quarter net earnings plummeted 38.2%. The company’s fourth quarter ended on December 25th, 2016. Company-owned restaurants saw same-store sales fall 4% while franchised stores saw sales fall 3.9%. Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith made a statement about the issue, citing “the challenging restaurant environment” as the source of struggle. Chipotle also took a hard hit in their fourth quarter. As the company dealt with food borne illness outbreaks across the country,…

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6 Tips to Help You Become a Networking Guru

Networking tips from Patrice Rice: Networking is a skill that makes a huge impact on your career – if you use it correctly. Conversely, bad networking practices can seriously hurt your reputation. When executed properly, networking can be a great way for the unemployed to get back to work and for corporate middle managers to climb the ranks within their organizations (or at new ones). To help you make the most of your networking efforts, here are six critical tips: 1. Be the ‘Regular’ Think of the “regular” at a coffee shop, the one who orders “the usual” and knows…

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Meet our newest Franchisees of 2017!

Meet our newest Franchisees: We are excited to introduce the newest franchisees joining our team at Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruiting.  Click on each one to learn even more about them! FaLisa McCannon Territory: West Central Missouri Franchise Owner FaLisa McCannon brings 20 years of experience leading, managing and successfully driving results with major national brands. FaLisa has an impressive background as an Operations Management Executive with an extensive background in the Profit and Non-Profit sectors of recruiting, hiring, developing, and delivering quality talent. She brings extensive experience in Finance, Operations, Marketing, Sales and understands what it means to run…

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Best Use of Established Relationships in Job Search

Best Use of Established Relationships in Job Search The basis for any successful relationship is the ability to understand the exact expectations of the other person. You may think you asked for help, but that may not be understood by people you approach. You have to be specific of the referrals you are hoping to obtain as well as what you might be able to do for them. A one way relationship without communication is never a success either in your personal life or job search. AVOID THE FOLLOWING: Negative remarks (FEAR OF REFERRING YOU) Depressed attitude (FEAR OF REFERRING…

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Common Resume/CV Mistakes

The following are common mistakes that could cause your resume | CV to be screened out vs. help you schedule an interview. 1. Resume | CV is a job description that could be used by anyone who worked in the position. 2. Job objectives listed are too specific and will limit interviews. 3. Resume | CV is too long – more than one page. 4. Information included that identifies your religious beliefs, political affiliations, etc. 5. Accomplishments are not listed for each job. 6. Resume | CV contains errors: spelling, grammatical, dates, etc. 7. Resume | CV was written before…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I recently worked with Sherri Balzer in conjunction with a management opportunity with IHOP. She was extremely professional throughout the entire process. In addition, she was very helpful and knowledgeable about the company and interview process. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new job opportunity to consider Sherri Balzer for all their needs.   Read Mullin I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new job opportunity to consider Sherri Balzer for all their needs. 
  • Stephanie Yee is a great part of my journey with California Fish Grill. We came across each other via LinkedIn and started a professional relationship. Not only she told me about the great opportunity with CFG, she also gave me info and reading materials about company and helped me built confidence before my interview. Lorie Santos-Law Assistant. General Manager California Fish Grill Stephanie Yee is a great part of my journey with California Fish Grill.
  • Stephanie reached out to me at a time when I was thinking about looking for a new job but was not quite sure where to begin. From our first call together she was professional and friendly. We talked a lot about my current position, previous jobs and what I was looking for in the future. From our conversations she made a new resume for me that was specific to Susiecakes. Stephanie was always on top things communicating with Susiecakes as well as myself. She was always easy to reach via phone, texts, and emails. Furthermore it really felt like Stephanie was on my side and wanted what was best for me. She listened to my concerns and negotiated on my behalf. In the end I was hired in a position that I think will be beneficial for both myself and Susiecakes. Even after I started my job a work text was accidentally sent to her and she promptly sent it to me. Still looking out for me even after I received the job. I have since referred her to an old coworker and am certain that she will find them a great job as well. I will continue to recommend to Stephanie Yee to only the best culinary professionals that I know. Sincerely, Andrew From our first call together she was professional and friendly.
  • From the initial interview, Helen was very thorough and spent time getting to know my background and experience. She was detailed in her delivery of the opportunity, and confirmed the dates and times for follow up. Her open line of communication made the process easy and enjoyable. From our initial conversation to the signed job offer, Helen shared in my excitement! I am so grateful to her, and Patrice and Associates for fitting me with this amazing opportunity. Christina Russillo I am so grateful to Helen and Patrice and Associates for fitting me with this amazing opportunity. 
  • I met Bruce Leininger during a reference check he was performing on an admired associate. He was just so thorough and professional, and he listened. He genuinely wanted to discover what made his client tick. Afterwards, I asked him to represent me in my job search and we began a similar relationship. He contacted numerous references, all of them impressed by his ethic. My needs were area specific, as family was my reason to change my career so late in life, Bruce remained engaged and professional in what turned into a 3 month search. He reached out several times per week and seemed available at almost all times. He offered reminders about interview technique and updates/links to potential employers, to improve my preparedness. What a kind gentleman, I highly recommend utilizing his services.   Jim McGinnis City BBQ Bruce genuinely wanted to discover what made his client tick.