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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

  • Hospitality Recruiters are Your Career Coach!

    Doug reached out to me as a stranger; how ever he soon became a close friend to me. From the first phone call he made me feel at ease and very comfortable with him.  He let me know from the beginning that he was there for me in anyway. His insightful nature put me at ease and assisted with our communication so that Doug could build a comprehensive profile and resume that  were the foundation of my job search. As I sit here pondering where to start listing the many talents of Doug it is hard to know where to start.  From the first conversation Doug’s friendly and open personality made it easy to talk to him. During the phone calls Doug  asked probing question that induced detailed answers that enabled him to build a complete picture of me for the client. He was always willing to answer any of my questions and help inspire me to be my best when ever I was at an interview. I really cannot say enough about Doug.  His dedication not only to his client, but also to me, ensure a great fit between us.  I think that is the best word to describe what Doug does the best and that is to ensure that there is a 'fit' between the two of us. His keen sense of understanding of what is needed by his client and 'us' the employee is what makes him an excellent recruiter.  He takes the time to get to know each of us and then he is able to match the best people together. Doug did this with myself and CDS, even the interviewer was surprised how well we fit together. As a result of Doug's hard work and insight I now have my dream job and look forward to a long and eventful career.   Thank you Doug for all you do, we don't say it enough. - Thank  You, Glenn Davis     #1 Hospitality Management Recruitment Agency Hospitality Recruiters are Your Career Coach!
  • Recruiters Can Change Your Life

    Chris Jones was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was professional, prompt, courteous, and did a great job of keeping me informed all throughout the application process. I truly appreciate the opportunity he presented me with and I am looking forward to my new career. I would absolutely recommend Chris and Patrice and Associates to any friend or colleague! -Jessica Nelson   Your Recruitment Coach:  Tips on Writing a Resume that Gets Interviews! Recruiters Can Change Your Life
  • Recruitment Experts are the Best Coaches!

    I would like to thank Patrice & Associates for their dedication in finding me a new career opportunity! I had the pleasure of working with James Schwinghammer and would highly recommend any one looking for a new start to work along side of him finding the perfect fit. He was willing to assist in any resume adjustments or creating a new one, but the most important thing to me was him listening to my interests, concerns and staying dedicated to finding a good fit for me. I was very happy to work with this team and would suggest you can give them a call to start a new adventure! - Joseph Lee   Patrice & Associates can help improve your interviewing skills Recruitment Experts are the Best Coaches!
  • Hospitality Recruitment Works!

    Scott was great to work with. He spent the time with me updating my resume and made the job search easy. Scott kept me up to date with all opportunities and coaching before all interviews. Scott delivered the job for me in 2 weeks which I can't thank him enough for. I highly recommend Scott Meyer for anybody currently looking for a job or thinking about a new job.         Thanks, Scott. - Chris Haven   Your Recruitment Coach:  Common Interview Questions Hospitality Recruitment Works!
  • Hospitality Recruiter Helps Find Me a Job!

    Chris Giles was very helpful throughout this whole process. First he helped me get my resume polished to send off, he was very patient with me during this. I was very busy with my job search and interviews, but he always made sure to follow up if I didn't get something back to him and was always patient with me. Once we had my resume updated he got it sent off and set up my interviews, he was very helpful in coaching me and making sure I was prepared for the interview. Chris was always there to answer any questions I had and touched base frequently as we were waiting to hear back about things certain things. If I hadn't heard back from one of the hiring departments he would contact them and I would hear from them later that day. Now after getting hired and starting the training program he checks in with me weekly to see how things are going and provides a listening ear if I need to vent about anything. He has been very encouraging and has helped me be more confident going through this hiring  process. Thank you Chris!   Charissa Hahn     Have a Hospitality Recruitment Specialist work for you for FREE Hospitality Recruiter Helps Find Me a Job!