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Life after Service in Uniform: The next chapter

US Veterans should be inspired to own their own businesses   As 250,000 American Veterans return home from service each year, it is challenging to make the transition back to civilian life and into the civilian work force. As a business owner and Recruiter, it’s tough for me to say, “Thank you for your service” but I can’t offer you a job because you don’t have the experience required in the private sector (hospitality industry). My business is Veteran Owned & Operated, and I work hard to hire and place Veterans in great job opportunities…. but there are challenges in…

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Meet the Matchmaker for the Restaurant Industry

A recruiting firm founder knows a new job can change everything -- even for her franchisees.   Back in 1989, after having worked as a pet store owner, a caterer and the first female captain on the Chesapeake Bay, Patrice Rice realized something: Any given restaurant needs five to seven managers, but finding qualified people is often a struggle. Hotels and casinos are plagued by similar staffing issues. So Rice set out to be the missing link. She launched a hospitality and restaurant industry recruiting firm, Patrice & Associates, and developed relationships with large chains like Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Applebee’s and the Cheesecake Factory. The business…

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Patrice & Associates Recognizes Top Achievers at Annual Convention

Nation’s Leading Talent Acquisition Firm Serving the Hospitality Industry Celebrates Outstanding Growth and Successes Among its Team of Franchisees and Regional Developers DUNKIRK, Md. – Patrice & Associates, the nation’s leading talent acquisition firm that specializes in the hospitality industry, celebrated system-wide growth and several franchisees and regional developers at the company’s annual franchise convention held earlier this month at the Double Tree Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Themed “Breakthrough to Excellence,” the convention included educational and breakout sessions on a variety of topics pertaining to client management and operations, as well as roundtable sessions and a client panel discussion with…

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Interview 101: It’s all about Preparation

You perfected your resume, reached out to employers, and finally landed an interview.  Now what?   Getting ready for an interview can be one of the most stressful steps in the job seeking process.  It's your first and potentially only opportunity to make a lasting impression with a great company.  Although there may be a lot at stake,  you don't have to let an upcoming interview overwhelm you.  A recent article on Success.com titled '20 Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing' focuses on the one main problem many job seekers face when going into an interview: failing to be well prepared.…

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Restaurant Operators plan to expand

Jonathan Maze of Nation’s Restaurant News posted an article yesterday highlighting the findings of the 2017 American Express Restaurant Trader Survey. The survey reached out and polled 488 owners, managers, directors, an CEO’s of independently owned restaurants. One surprising finding is the optimism that many restaurant operators still possess despite recent sales trends across the nation. "More than half of restaurant operators and managers, 54 percent, said their revenue is up over where it was a year ago. And 72 percent said they expect revenue to increase over the next year. And 83 percent of operators said they plan to…

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Reaching 100 Franchise Units in Seven Years

How the First Female Captain of the Chesapeake Bay Grew the Largest Hospitality Recruiting Franchise   I’m the founder and CEO of Patrice & Associates, a national recruiting franchise that specializes in the hospitality sector with more than 500 national clients. My company is the gold standard in restaurant recruiting, but getting to this point was no easy feat. I have a pretty unique resume – I was a hotel sales manager, the first woman captain on the Chesapeake, a restaurant owner and caterer, door-to-door manicurist, author of a book and even operated my own pet store raising puppies, parrots…

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Testimonials Celebrating Success

Recent Testimonials about our hardworking and dedicated Franchisees and Recruiters:   I am writing to express my gratitude for Jenna Bakondy at Patrice & Associates.  I was contacted by Jenna as she found an opportunity that seemed like a good fit for my career.  Jenna was a total professional with high energy from the beginning which is something that I found refreshing and, even told her so! I sent Jenna a copy of my most current resume and she helped critique my resume and make some changes.  She sees lots of resumes every day and she is more aware of what…

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New Jobs within the Restaurant Industry

Restaurant Industry Continues Adding  New Jobs   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the restaurant industry has added nearly 26,200 new jobs during the month of April.  Within the past year, the industry has expanded by adding nearly 260,000 new jobs. In an article by Jonathan Maze, Senior Financial Editor of Nation's Restaurant News, he highlights how the restaurant industry continues to consistently hire and add new jobs: The employment numbers are the biggest indication of industry growth. Restaurants do not expand if they do not anticipate enough business for them to do so. Operators are clearly confident in their ability…

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The Importance of the Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch: An Important Professional Tool   Making a career move can be difficult. One of the most common things job seekers struggle with is finding a way to catch the eye of potential employers. Often times, it can feel almost impossible to stand out among a sea of hundreds of other job seekers all looking to get a leg up on the competition. So what is a job seeker to do? One great way of getting an edge on the competition is crafting a professional ‘Elevator Pitch.’ An elevator pitch is a 30-second personal sales pitch to help…

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Working with Recruiters 101

Do You Really Know How to Work with a Recruiter? We are Career Coaches who help you find a job for free!   Have you ever been frustrated when a recruiter doesn’t call you back? The following information will help you set realistic expectations and hopefully obtain better results. It’s important that you understand the following realities about Staffing and Recruiting Firms to ensure you are obtaining the best results:   Ensure that your Recruiter knows the industry: Most recruiters specialize in a specific industry, profession or geographic location.   ACTION ITEM: You must identify and ensure the recruiters you are…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Dear seekers, I would like to tell you about the amazing experience I had working with Scott Jacobson of Patrice and Associates.  In my twenty plus years working as an executive chef I have worked with many career advancement and placement specialists, but none who took the time and directed care that Scott provided me.  His primary goal was to understand exactly what I was looking for and to tirelessly work towards that end.   He focused on my objectives and opened many doors for me.  He gave me invaluable insights into the positions I was considering and guided me as a friend and confidant would.  He understood my strengths and presented me in my most favorable light.  Through his research and diligence he assembled the most pertinent references for me, highlighted my experiences and career achievements.   He found me the exact job that I was looking for.  He was instrumental in negotiating my contract and made sure I was satisfied with every aspect of that contract.  His work did not end there.  Scott has contacted me at various stages of my employment just to check in, and most importantly, to see how I was doing.   Thank you kindly Scott for going above and beyond your duties.  It was a pleasure getting to know you.  Any of you fortunate enough to work with Scott will quickly find all of this to be evident. Sincerely, Chef Jonathan Pflueger  Scott found me the exact job that I was looking for.
  • Just wanted to express my appreciation for FaLisa and your company for helping me find a great opportunity with Panera Bread. FaLisa was great with making sure we found the perfect fit and not just the perfect salary ! Keep up the great work FaLisa, thanks a lot to you and Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruiting - you make a difference!   Thanks, Brian Salliey Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruiting - you make a difference!
  • I appreciate what Sherri and Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruitment did for me and my career.

    Sherri Balzer is an excellent job recruiter. I had been working with her for more than 3 months where I had multiple job interviews with different companies. She is always very detailed, caring, patient, and most of all very professional. I turned down multiple job offers because they were not a good fit for me and Sherri understood my reasons. Instead of losing hope in me she kept working hard looking for other companies that suited my skill set and knowledge. We found the perfect company and I got the best job offer available. I appreciate what Sherri and Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruitment did for me and my career. Respectfully,

    Andrew Figueroa

    I appreciate what Sherri and Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruitment did for me and my career.
  • I referred a friend to Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment

    Kim Marzett has been great! Alongside her professional demeanor, she answered all of my questions freely. She has a very welcoming personality, and helps you every step of the way! I referred a friend to her. I was impressed and appreciative! I referred a friend to Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment
  • Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment is by far the best recruiting agency.

    I just wanted to say thank you to Corina for setting me up with Redstone American Grill. I appreciate all the time and research you and your team have done to make sure that I was prepared for my interviews. Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment is by far the best recruiting agency I’ve worked with in my 25+ years of experience. I’ll be your client for as long as I’m in this field. Alexandre Vincent Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment is by far the best recruiting agency