Patrice and Associates Job Placement Success Story

Patrice and Associates loves to hear back from former candidates who worked with our recruiters. In this entry, David Currier shares his success finding a career in the hospitality and restaurant industry after working with a Patrice and Associates recruiter. Visit our Flickr page, if you would like to see testimonials from other former Patrice and Associates candidates.

 

“Early this year I was looking for a new position in the restaurant and hospitality industry. I needed to leave my current position to be able to take care of my Mom who had become ill with her second bout of Cancer.

The prospect of finding a new position in my field was very intimidating. With the current state of the economy, I guess you could say I picked the worst time to change jobs and living areas. Still, I needed to come home to be with family for at least a three month stretch, which turned out to be five.

I sent out my resume to well over a hundred companies and recruiters, knowing that it would take a few months to find the right position. My credentials are actually quite good, however, it really is a very tough market out there.

David Currier With here mother - Patrice & Associates Client

I received many phone calls, and I interviewed with several companies. You know how difficult and nerve racking the entire interview/job hunt process can be, I actually made it to interview number five and having been flown to two different cities to meet with different executives of a national restaurant company.

Meanwhile, my Mom’s health at the time took a turn for the worse and I decided to put more of my efforts into my family.

As some of you have experienced, when you first send out that resume it seems like you getting calls every day and things are really moving forward. Then they taper off. Then you are struggling to remember who you sent resumes to and who you can network with.

To my surprise, after the other recruiters stopped calling–after I had become distracted with other things, and after assuming that I would be in for the long haul in looking for a serious position equivalent to my credentials, I received a call from Leigh Shapliegh at Patrice and Associates. Leigh was professional, fun to talk to, had a good take on the industry and gave me the impression that she was working for me.

This was just the beginning. It actually took another month and a half to find the right position. But unlike the other recruiters I had dealt with, Leigh stayed in touch, and I always felt like she was there working on getting me a position.

The company that I decided to go with is a very close match for my skill set. Leigh offered excellent advice and gave me details of how the process was going.

As we worked on interviews, coached me, encouraged me, and I really felt like she was walking in the door with me. Believe me, having that extra boost of confidence is sometimes the difference between getting that job or walking out empty handed.

I honestly can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate what Leigh and the folks at Patrice and Associates have done for me. Start to finish–a great performance on all aspects!

Sincerely,
David Currier”

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Above photo: David is pictured with his mother two weeks ago. He says that “she’s looking great and having been able to spend time with her is priceless.”

 

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  • 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. 
  • I met Bruce Leininger during a reference check he was performing on an admired associate. He was just so thorough and professional, and he listened. He genuinely wanted to discover what made his client tick. Afterwards, I asked him to represent me in my job search and we began a similar relationship. He contacted numerous references, all of them impressed by his ethic. My needs were area specific, as family was my reason to change my career so late in life, Bruce remained engaged and professional in what turned into a 3 month search. He reached out several times per week and seemed available at almost all times. He offered reminders about interview technique and updates/links to potential employers, to improve my preparedness. What a kind gentleman, I highly recommend utilizing his services.   Jim McGinnis City BBQ Bruce genuinely wanted to discover what made his client tick.
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    To my surprise, I received a phone call the next morning from Tom Schmitt, a recruiter with Patrice and Associates about an opportunity for a kitchen manager.  Tom provided great details about the position, and the company.  He asked questions about me as a potential employee and also about what interest me outside of work.  He told me he would submit my resume and he believed I would be a great fit. 3 weeks later, I am in training with this concept and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of it. Tom was right.....it is a great fit!  By using his personal knowledge of the restaurant business and his contacts gained over 20 plus years, he is a great recruiter. Theresa Coker To my surprise, I received a phone call the next morning from Tom Schmitt ...
  • I want to start by saying this journey for me was truly a life changing move, and I had met and interviewed with 6-7 different recruiters. I immediately clicked with Margo in our phone interview. She asked all the right questions professionally and personally to really find the perfect fit for my first job in the city. Due to her hard work, I was able to take a leadership role instead of having to take a few steps back. Every interview she called no matter time, day, or night to ensure I was prepared. We talked almost every day to keep each other in the loop. I personally have never experienced such diligence, and expertise when it comes to recruitment. I truly thank your agency, and Margo for finding me my perfect fit in the city. Margo is one of a kind, and if I ever need a job she will be the ONLY recruiter I use to place me. Thank you again, your agency is the best!  Nicholas Manos This journey for me was truly a life changing move ....
  • “I want to thank Jillian Parker for reaching out to me with this amazing opportunity. I honestly think this was a perfect fit. I’ll be passing her info on to anyone who is looking for a management position. When Jillian reached out to me for a new manager position, it was like the window of opportunity flew open with hurricane force. I explained to her that I was being very picky about my next career move. She put me at ease, she put all the cards on the table, had immediate answers for my questions, and even did more research to help me make a decision. She knocked out any obstacles before the came and even gave me interview tips for every step. Her communication was impeccable and her guidance was even more so. Jillian made sure that I was taken care of monetarily by getting a nice increase with the transition. After two weeks at my new job I realize that this was a perfect fit and I owe it all to her. I want to thank her again for all that she’s done and I couldn’t be happier with my new career.” - Tanner Lahmers this was a perfect fit and I owe it all to Jillian in the Honolulu office!
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