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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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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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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Hello my name is Ladidrea Richmond I was recruited by Mike Buterbaugh Jan.30,2019. Mike wasn’t my first recruiter I had two prior to him, each recruiter sent me on one job interview.  I didn’t get the jobs and they told me that there wasn’t anything else that they could do for me but Mike was different from the first time we talked I felt that he wanted me to have a great job. He was full of energy and excitement. Mike talked to me as though we were friends for years he help me reconstruct my resume and gave me great pointers for my interviews, he always coached me before an interview and was interested in what happened afterward. Although I didn’t get the  jobs Mike sent me on, he stayed in contact with me, he encouraged me not to give up and that he wasn’t going to leave me until he got me a great job. He believed in me when I started to doubt myself, he encouraged me to keep my head up and to reach for the stars and he always reassured me that he would be there for me. Mike emailed me mid March with a job opening for Fuddruckers in Schaumburg I was kind of reluctant but Mike told me to go on the interview and do what I always do and things will work out, well again with Mike’s great encouragement I went on the interview and l got the job I start my first day of training tomorrow. I am forever grateful for Mike’s integrity his honesty his perseverance and his commitment to his clients I will never forget the relationship that we built and I’ll take everything he taught me into my new career. Thanks Mike for being such an awesome person. I will always remember you. "He believed in me when I started to doubt myself"
  • Patrice & Associates Recruitment Specialists Coach With Care!

    To all who are looking for a change in their career, not just looking for a “job,” but for a life altering experience, I highly recommend working with Jeannie Boland from Patrice & Associates Recruiting Specialists.  I went in one person and came out the other side a totally different professional with the job of a lifetime.

    Jeannie’s time, care, encouragement and enthusiasm helped me from A to Z through the entire process.  From analyzing my past career, resume building and then matching me to employers, she was with me in my corner all the way.

    Jeannie is by far the most amazing recruiter I have ever seen.  I was so hesitant at first, but right away she figured out who I was and where I could be.   Hypothetically, if I didn’t get the job, I would have still been 100% happy because Jeannie got me the opportunity.  I couldn’t have done it without her.

    Without hyperbole, Jeannie is the absolute best.  I can’t sing her and her team’s praises enough.

    Paul Torres

    I went in one person and came out the other side a totally different professional with the job of a lifetime.
  • Patrice & Associates Recruitment Helps Find New Jobs in ALL Industries

    I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with David Kemp and Patrice & Associates. From the initial phone call and introduction, David was personable, professional and knowledgeable about the hiring manager, property and staff. He had extensive knowledge about both the opportunities and challenges with my now new position. David’s candor afforded me the knowledge to make an informed decision about accepting the opportunity. Thanks to David, I have an enjoyable new position with an excellent property, phenomenal team members and the opportunity for growth. Warm regards, Chenoa Douglass Patrice & Associates Recruitment Helps Find New Jobs in ALL Industries
  • Patrice & Associates Recruiters LOVE helping people find their next career!

    I just wanted to start by saying how incredibly professional Katie was with every step of the process. She outlined every necessary piece of information needed and was there for me every step of the way. She personalized every conversation we had and gave me every tool needed to succeed in attaining my new job at the Great American Restaurants. I would recommend her to anyone trying to advance their career in the culinary industry, and whoever needs help creating the best resume possible. I appreciate everything she did and am proud to have worked with her through the process! Thank you so much Katie and Patrice & Associates!   Zac Burger She outlined every necessary piece of information needed and was there for me every step of the way.
  • Recruitment Coaches Present New Possibilities!

    Benji Ellis was of utmost help!  He was able to listen to my needs and came up with suggestions and we went back and forth a few times. Ultimately, he ended up knowing a little more about what i needed than myself. We had talked over different projects and when he approached me with this new venture, I was not very interested to begin with, he insisted I should check it out, he was sure I would like it. So I gave it a try and after that it's all history.  I loved the concept and the team i would be working with.
    Benji was able to see things I couldn't.
    He kept great two way communication throughout the entire process making sure I knew every step of the way.
    He is fun, friendly and knowledgeable. After a month now in my new career, I'm having fun and loving this new experience.
    Alejandro Echevarria Gil
    Benji was able to see things I couldn't.