Blog

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.…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Five Star hotel interview? How to be a Five Star candidate.

If you’ve been working in the hotel industry for a while, you’ll be looking to further your career at some point, and what better way than to make the step up to a five star hotel? Jose Ruiz, HR manager at The Berkeley Hotel, gives some ideas on what to expect when you interview for a five star hotel position.   Q: How different is the interview process for the service industry as opposed to, say, an office job? A: I wouldn’t say it’s completely different, although in the service industry the emphasis is firmly on personality and behavior. At our hotel,…

Read More

What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Vicki is one of kind!

    She is very good at communicating and following up on any questions you have regarding the new perspective jobs. Her preemptive interview questions are thoughtful and get you ready for the real interview. Without her I wouldn’t have landed my job! Very thankful of Vicki!
    Elizabeth Pierce
    Vicki is one of kind!
  • Working with James Schwinghammer has been a warm and welcoming experience especially compared to other bigger talent recruiting agencies I've worked with.

    James at Patrice and Associates was not transactional based - he really took the time to listen to learn about you, your company, and the type of individual you're seeking. This was immediately apparent in my working relationship with James. The beginning was a process in which we became acquainted, James listened to the type of person I am, what I'm trying to do with my business, and took all that in consideration when I told him the type of person I was looking for. Recruiting agencies will often look for that experience within a candidate, but James went above and beyond to not only find someone with the right experience but also someone with the right attitude and cultural mix with ours. It's almost like a match making service! Alex Lu Working with James Schwinghammer has been a warm and welcoming experience!
  • I want you to know what a treasure you have in Corrina Mack as a representative of your company. 

    I have been in the hospitality industry over 20 years and I am completely satisfied with the personalized service, care and encouragement that I received from Corina Mack as my employment specialist.
    Corina's advice and current knowledge were invaluable as I went through the interview processes in today's market and am glad to say that with her help and encouragement, I landed the position.
    I would love to recommend Corina Mack to any individual struggling  to secure a position in today's employment world.
    With appreciation and respect
    William Dillon
    I want you to know what a treasure you have in Corrina Mack as a representative of your company. 
  • I am especially thankful for the support I received from Clarence Washington!

    He was very  instrumental and patient throughout the entire process. He was very supportive and provided me with some very  essential techniques that helped me in both updating my resume' and the interviewing process. Mr. Washington was professional at all times and continued to communicate with me until I was hired. I would highly recommend your services to everyone. I am looking forward to starting my new position as a GM next week. 
    Your service was indeed a great experience. With Gratitude,
    Thomas I am especially thankful for the support I received from Clarence Washington!
  • Bruce has been always there for me! 

    From that very first phone conversation to the many other phone calls getting me ready for my interviews Bruce has been here no matter what. He is professional, dedicated and an all over awesome recruiter. It is and was a pleasure having Bruce represent me.  He is an asset to Patrice and Associates. Thank You, Dave Morrison Bruce has been always there for me