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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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Best Use of Established Relationships in Job Search

Best Use of Established Relationships in Job Search The basis for any successful relationship is the ability to understand the exact expectations of the other person. You may think you asked for help, but that may not be understood by people you approach. You have to be specific of the referrals you are hoping to obtain as well as what you might be able to do for them. A one way relationship without communication is never a success either in your personal life or job search. AVOID THE FOLLOWING: Negative remarks (FEAR OF REFERRING YOU) Depressed attitude (FEAR OF REFERRING…

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Common Resume/CV Mistakes

The following are common mistakes that could cause your resume | CV to be screened out vs. help you schedule an interview. 1. Resume | CV is a job description that could be used by anyone who worked in the position. 2. Job objectives listed are too specific and will limit interviews. 3. Resume | CV is too long – more than one page. 4. Information included that identifies your religious beliefs, political affiliations, etc. 5. Accomplishments are not listed for each job. 6. Resume | CV contains errors: spelling, grammatical, dates, etc. 7. Resume | CV was written before…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

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    Thank you Fajar and Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment

    From the first time we spoke, til the time I landed the job and even now - days after I have started the job, Fajar has been absolutely outstanding! She constantly checked in with me to answer any questions, provided valuable information and tips for my interview and updated my resume for me. I truly appreciate Fajar's commitment to ensuring I had everything I needed to successfully transition into a new career. I am more than happy with her work and would be more than willing to recommend her services to anyone looking for a new career path. Thank you once again Fajar and Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruitment for everything you all have done. I am truly very grateful!
    Thank You, Brandon Chase Thank you Fajar and Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruitment
  • Working with Jillian and Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment was an amazing experience.  First of all, the work Jillian did on my resume before presenting me to the client was outstanding.  I really feel that it presented me in the best light for the client (and it worked because I got the job!).  I’ve worked with a lot of recruiting firms before and the level of service provided by Jillian was far and above the rest of the industry.  Jillian was always available to talk any time of the day and really made me feel like she wasn’t just concerned with placing a candidate - she also cared about my happiness and well-being throughout the process. Dennis Brown My recruiter cared about my happiness throughout the process.
  • Hospitality Recruitment for a GREAT Client!

    I wanted to share both a picture and account of my visit to the Bavarian Inn this past weekend- my BEST client- and partner- Imelda Leix.

    I’ll try to keep this brief- but the short story is that when corporate called and asked me to take on Bavarian Inn as a client, I was excited as this is a hotel that holds a deep meaning for my family – having gone there as a child with my parents- and then bringing my own children when they were little and now. We’ve always enjoyed everything about the Bavarian Inn and Frankenmuth.

    So as I began working with Imelda and team, I already had a passion for helping find the best possible people for her and the Inn, and as we fast forward through our working relationship, it goes without saying that Imelda has been the most communicative partner regarding the candidates we’ve worked through of any client I work with. Based on the foundation of that communication, we’ve worked together to help 3 candidates get hired at the Bavarian Inn over the past several months, all 3 of whom I got the opportunity to personally speak with and hear about the their positive experiences so far working for Bavarian Inn the past couple of days.

    Also over the weekend I was given a tour of the entire facility and holdings so I could better understand the scope of their needs and reach, as well as hear about the characteristics and caliber of the people that work for them- much like Imelda, who has worked for the Bavarian Inn for 40 years!

    Really just wanted to share this  because I'm in a grateful and committed state of mind to help amazing clients like Imelda and Bavarian Inn!

    Doug Lockwood Grand Rapids Franchisee

    Hospitality Recruitment for a GREAT Client!
  • My name is Michael Grass and a month ago I was out of work and looking to work in the restaurant industry.   I have 35+ years experience in that field, but was not finding a lot of openings for my services.     I submitted my resume to Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruiting and was contacted by a recruiter named Ian. I cannot say enough good things about Ian and the work he put in on my behalf.  He was able to get me an interview and ultimately a job at On The Border.   Before I was hired he had helped me set up my resume in a very professional looking way.  He coached me on the way On the Border viewed their candidates, the types of questions they could ask and although I am ultimately selling my own services to any interviewer, the amount of work he put in behind the scenes speaks very highly to Ian. I owe Ian a tremendous gratitude of thanks for all of the work he and Patrice and Associates for their recruitment efforts and for that I am forever grateful.   Thank You, Michael Grass     I am forever grateful for the recruitment efforts of Patrice & Associates
  • Firstly, I want to let you know my job search was not successful until I started working with my recruiter, FaLisa. Until then, my resume was not getting in right persons hands when I would apply online or in person (I was applying for upper restaurant management). FaLisa was on the ball, answered her phone/emails at all times and I can't thank her enough for getting me interviews that led me to landing a very exciting opportunity! Thanks to FaLisa for her recruitment efforts that changed my life. Thank you, Bailey Kapci Thanks to FaLisa for her recruitment efforts that changed my life.