Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment – perfect work from home opportunity for veterans!

Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment - perfect work from home opportunity for veterans! More than 5,600 veterans have become franchisees in the past four years, according to the International Franchise Association. That’s thanks in no small part to the organization’s VetFran program, through which some 650 member companies offer discounts, mentorship and training to veterans seeking to become business owners. The initiative has been a boom to the sector: Franchisors find that vets, with their leadership and teamwork skills and propensity for following a system, make ideal franchisees. We trust our military to keep us safe, whether they are across…

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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 to retire and the millennial's are having fewer children and not replacing themselves.  This is a contributing factor to the shrinking labor pool. THE US ECONOMY BOUNCED BACK FROM MAY'S LOW GROWTH NUMBERS. The U.S. economy added 224,000 jobs in June, surpassing economists’ estimates and rebounding from May’s disappointing growth numbers. Here are some of the highlights from the report.…

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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 you interviewed a candidate. What was your first initial reaction to them? Before they even opened their mouth? It was probably something like this: “They are decent looking enough” “Shorter than I thought, but skinny” “That hair could use a trim” “Smells good” “Dress choice was on point, very flattering” “Nice smile, probably could whiten those teeth a bit” “Love…

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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 themselves. Of all the reasons to start at business after age 50, perhaps the best one is that the years are passing. Maybe it’s something you always wanted to do. For some, it’s a good strategy for getting more work years in before retirement. Sure, it’s a lot of work and a lot of hours. But there’s one thing that…

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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 each day and having deadlines for yourself, you create accountability to find that job. 2. #Goals – Each day have a goal. You already blocked out the time to be productive, but how do you know you’re making progress? With actionable goals like updating your work history on your resume or finding and applying to 5 new job opportunities, it’s easier to…

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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 so long ago those who didn’t live near the water but who wanted to eat fresh seafood had to choose between expensive fine-dining restaurants or fry-it-all fast-food joints. Now, a wave of multi-unit, fast casual seafood concepts are stepping in to fill the gap. “We’ve seen the space grow significantly in the 12 years we’ve been around,” said Jonathan Weathington,…

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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 must refrain from gluten, along with those who simply opt to do so, along comes a slew of new ways the world wants to eat. From keto and paleo, to Whole30 and Clean Menu eating, QSR customers are eating from the "lifestyle" diet that best meets their needs and  preferences. Typically, the popularity of any given diet will either build…

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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!  There was a candidate who was finishing up chewing his breakfast while introducing himself to the interviewer.  What were these people thinking?  Obviously they weren't! Interviews come in many guises, but the errors people make are common. Some are very obvious, but recruiters still get faced with them on a regular basis. Not enough research By far the most common…

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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 the interview is the first and only chance you’ll get to make a good impression. You may have all the qualifications in the world, but turn up looking scruffy and you’ll be headed for the exit instead of your new manager’s office.  Psychologists estimate that just 7% of the impression you make at interview will be based on what you say. The…

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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 say a lot more about your feelings than you might suppose, and this is especially true when you’re being interviewed. Poor body language can betray nervousness and give the interviewer the wrong impression. Follow these five simple tips to ensure your body language remains as eloquent and as articulate as you are. 1. Faking it Most people can spot a…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I felt that Tim was genuinely interested in my career aspirations.

    I am writing to express my gratitude to the Patrice & Associates consultant Tim Keith, who assisted me to successfully secure the role of  Restaurant floating manager.  I especially appreciated his fast response, transparent communication, and coordination in a timely and efficient manner.  Tim was also meticulous in explaining the role to me which I felt was important to have that initial assessment.  He was also prompt in checking with the client on my inquiries and showed lots of initiative with following up after each session.  I never second guessed my status.   Lastly, with so many recruitment agencies around, Tim demonstrated that he could be trusted and respected and with that he achieved this for Patrice & Associates.         Thank You! Cherise Goodman I felt that Tim was genuinely interested in my career aspirations
  • A BIG THANK YOU to Jay! 

    I was contacted a while back by Jay Gray on multiple occasions regarding possible positions in my field.  I was not yet ready to make a change but recently I reached out to him regarding a big move out of state.  He was a big supporter and was able to find a position literally the following day.  I interviewed and within a few days I was offered the position!  I wanted to express my gratitude for the interest he took in me and the constant communication.  He ensured I was well taken care of and that I was happy with the decisions I was making.  He is a great asset to your team.                 Sincerely, Madelin Vargas  A BIG THANK YOU to Jay!
  • She was very resourceful and extremely personable and friendly!

    I would love to send a huge thank you to Corina Mack for her assistance and guidance throughout this entire process.  It truly makes a difference in your search when you can partner with someone who is focused on helping you secure a position that aligns with your goals!  I appreciate Corina’s willingness to go above and beyond every step of the way from the application process through the onboarding.                     Thank you again, Tamarrah Jefferson She was very resourceful and extremely personable and friendly! 
  • Jonathan was simply amazing! 

    He spent the time with me to understand my career and also my goals.  We quickly developed a friendship and a thorough understanding of each other.  He quickly became interested in what was the perfect fit for me as the Executive Chef.  Jonathan understands that upward development and future growth within the company are equally as important to me rather than simply finding a position.  He was also diligently following up with me over the past month to check in and ensure my happiness in position. I couldn't be happier with Jonathan and would highly recommend him for any future candidates as he is simply the best recruiter that I have worked with in my 30 year career.
    Thank you Jonathan! Always my best!
    Best Regards,
    Patrick Desmond
    Jonathan was simply amazing!
  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart

    I was first contacted by Duke Witte on May 25th, 2021 for a career opportunity in Omaha, NE.  The next day he rewrote my resume and sent it to the company.  They called by weeks end and set up an interview for June 1st, 2021.  I then had a follow up interview with the owner and managers and by June 4th, 2021 I had a job offer to start work June 14th.  I accepted the job offer and had it not been for Mr. Witte I never would have known the position even existed.  Not only was I presented with an amazing career opportunity that fit perfectly with my education and work experience, but I was given an opportunity to work for an amazing company that is family owned has a lengthy history of taking care of its employees.  Had Mr. Witte not reached out to me I would more than likely still be scouring the web for jobs with nothing to show for it.  Prior to my initial phone call I had applied for no less than 50 jobs in the month of May and I am forever grateful for what has been done for me.  Mr. Witte found me a career with a job offer in 10 days with better pay, better hours, better benefits, better people, better location, better work life balance and an overall better sense of well-being, purpose and quality of life.  If there is anything I can ever do in the future I would be more than happy to oblige.


    Michael Morris

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart