Career Advisor

I often talk to people that are worried about “what everyone thinks” and therefore don’t want to socialize. Summer is here and there will be endless opportunities for you to get outside and meet up with people. It’s easy to want to hibernate to avoid the inevitable questions such as “So what have you been doing lately?” or “Have you found a job yet?” Just smile and say “I’ve learned more about myself and the job market in the past few months, than I ever thought possible. I’m a free agent in the open job market and feel more prepared than ever to accept my next opportunity.”

It’s important to always stay positive when interacting with other people. No one will offer a recommendation or referral to a person who is negative. Every single person who is working could open a door for you. Don’t just depend on people in your profession or industry. You never know when a person is best friends with someone who could be your next employer!

Attend everything and anything possible in the next few months. Most summer activities draw large crowds of people and many are free like festivals, parades, picnics and local celebrations. If you’re asked to bring a dish, bring JELLO – it’s cheap. Networking is the #1 way to find a new job and summer is the easiest time to network!

If you can’t stand the thought of facing people because you’re frustrated or depressed, try closing your eyes and think of a time that you were the most successful. Where were you? What was the date? What were you doing at the time? How did you feel about yourself?  I want you to relive that day over and over again, until you become that same person. It is that confident person inside of you that you want to introduce to people every chance you get!

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I would like to start off by saying that Mike did a great job. He is very passionate about what he does, and he is very good at it. He stayed in constant contact with me, he made sure i was 100% prepared for the interview process and everything. I don’t usually work with recruiters, but this time i am extremely happy i did. Thank you to Mike, and Patrice & Associates for all the hard work you guys put forth! I will make sure i send more people your way. Thanks again Mike, it was a pleasure working with you!   Sean Williams-Mitchell USMC Veteran Thank you to Mike, and Patrice & Associates for all the hard work you guys put forth!
  • I recently worked with Sherri Balzer in conjunction with a management opportunity with IHOP. She was extremely professional throughout the entire process. In addition, she was very helpful and knowledgeable about the company and interview process. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new job opportunity to consider Sherri Balzer for all their needs.   Read Mullin I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new job opportunity to consider Sherri Balzer for all their needs. 
  • Stephanie Yee is a great part of my journey with California Fish Grill. We came across each other via LinkedIn and started a professional relationship. Not only she told me about the great opportunity with CFG, she also gave me info and reading materials about company and helped me built confidence before my interview. Lorie Santos-Law Assistant. General Manager California Fish Grill Stephanie Yee is a great part of my journey with California Fish Grill.
  • Stephanie reached out to me at a time when I was thinking about looking for a new job but was not quite sure where to begin. From our first call together she was professional and friendly. We talked a lot about my current position, previous jobs and what I was looking for in the future. From our conversations she made a new resume for me that was specific to Susiecakes. Stephanie was always on top things communicating with Susiecakes as well as myself. She was always easy to reach via phone, texts, and emails. Furthermore it really felt like Stephanie was on my side and wanted what was best for me. She listened to my concerns and negotiated on my behalf. In the end I was hired in a position that I think will be beneficial for both myself and Susiecakes. Even after I started my job a work text was accidentally sent to her and she promptly sent it to me. Still looking out for me even after I received the job. I have since referred her to an old coworker and am certain that she will find them a great job as well. I will continue to recommend to Stephanie Yee to only the best culinary professionals that I know. Sincerely, Andrew From our first call together she was professional and friendly.
  • From the initial interview, Helen was very thorough and spent time getting to know my background and experience. She was detailed in her delivery of the opportunity, and confirmed the dates and times for follow up. Her open line of communication made the process easy and enjoyable. From our initial conversation to the signed job offer, Helen shared in my excitement! I am so grateful to her, and Patrice and Associates for fitting me with this amazing opportunity. Christina Russillo I am so grateful to Helen and Patrice and Associates for fitting me with this amazing opportunity. 
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