Company connects job seekers with the hospitality industry

Great story in the Iowa City Press – Citizen about Jaime Parizek – a new Patrice & Associates Franchisee. Our franchisees are very fortunate in that in this economic climate, which is all about jobs, not only do they help people find jobs in the hospitality industry but they have the ability to create jobs for people that want to work from home recruiting.  Below is the article that appeared in the paper this week.

One West Liberty woman has taken her more than a decade of human resources and recruiting experience into a new career venture to help job seekers find employment in the hospitality industry.

Jaime Parizek, 36, began working as a franchisee for the international recruiting agency Patrice & Associates in October. Equipped with a headset and laptop, Parizek works out of her West Liberty home to connect hospitality sector companies with prospective employees in search of management positions for businesses such as restaurants, casinos and hotels.

“For me, it’s more about what I’m doing and being able to help people find jobs and make matches to the jobs they’re looking for and fulfill their dreams,” Parizek said.

Patrice & Associates CEO and founder Patrice Rice said adding local franchisees like Parizek should help with her goals of getting back to the more personal ways of human resources and recruiting like when she first started her company in 1989.

“The days of the personal relationships kind of went away… (such as) having (Parizek) in the local area to be able to meet with the local clients and be able to get to know them,” Rice said. “I want to get back to the way it was before the Internet when personal relationships actually meant something.”

Although Patrice & Associates has had a presence in Iowa for years, Parizek marks the agency’s first franchisee in the state.

“I’m here physically, and one of my goals over the next few months is to really start building relationships and working with our Eastern Iowa clients and restaurants that aren’t our clients yet to help them fill the roles they have,” Parizek said.

Although Parizek said she’ll focus on local communities such as Coralville, North Liberty, Marion and Cedar Rapids, she also will have a national coverage between clients and job seekers.

With 13 years experience in the manufacturing side of human resources and recruiting, Parizek said she is well-equipped for the management side of the hospitality industry.

“When I’m working with the client companies, I understand what they’re going through when they’re trying to fill those roles as well, so I’ve seen both sides of the table.”

Parizek’s long-term goal includes impacting the job sector in a different manner, by eventually adding her own personal staff.

“For me, a long-term goal is to not only be able to help fill the roles of restaurants in our community but also to build my business to where I have the opportunity to hire recruiters as well,” Parizek said.

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  • 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!
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  • 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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