“You Snooze You Lose” means more now than ever!

In this tight labor market companies have to move fast if they want the best talent available. The unemployment rate, combined with the ever growing restaurant industry, has employers clambering to compete for top producers.  Employers are making hiring decisions faster than ever.  We have one client who does a phone interview, then a second interview the following Thursday and an offer is made on the spot if the candidate is qualified.  Some clients are making fast offers pending background check vs making a candidate wait for the offer until the background is completed. A recently published study shows: Almost…

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Darden CEO: Restaurants face a ‘war for talent’

Patrice & Associates is the recruiting solution for many concepts facing this War for Talent. Gene Lee says company’s scale gives Olive Garden parent advantages in labor battle Sep 20, 2018 Finding, hiring, training and retaining restaurant workers are growing into the restaurant industry’s biggest growth hurdles, according to the CEO of casual-dining behemoth Darden Restaurants Inc., and he says his company’s size gives it a considerable advantage. “The biggest challenge in the industry is going to be the war for talent,” Darden CEO and president Gene Lee said in an earnings call with analysts Thursday. “Brands that can hire,…

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Restaurants feel the pain of a tight labor market

Restaurants feel the pain of a tight labor market. With low unemployment rates and a continuously expanding industry, restaurants have been feeling the pressure in hiring employees and keeping locations properly staffed. Higher wages have strained labor budgets and workers have been gaining leverage on multiple fronts. Long standing “no-poaching clauses” are being done away with, giving employees the opportunity to move between franchises to find better pay and opportunity. With all the potential complications and cascading failures that can arise from staffing issues, there are ways to mitigate risk and navigate a challenging market. Specifically, effective and efficient hiring…

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Beware of the Counter Offer Trap

  Beware of the Counter Offer Trap Great News! You’ve just accepted a job offer for a job that gives “what you wanted that you didn’t have now” in your present position. Now you need to give notice.  How will your boss react?  It’s common for your boss to think: You’re one of the best performers. How will you be replaced? Keep the team together? What inconvenient timing – how can I possible replace you in only 2 weeks? Where are you going to work – for a competitor of mine? How can I get you to stay until I…

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5 Tips for Maximizing Recruiter Relationships

5 Tips for Maximizing Hospitality Recruiter Relationships Working with hospitality recruiters can be a great way to give your job search a boost, but there are a few important points to consider when seeking out the help of a recruiting firm. All headhunters are not created equal, so you will need to research the one that can best help you in your job search. Don’t rest on your laurels just because you have someone working on your behalf – it will still be up to you to stay motivated and be on the lookout for employment opportunities. Make sure that…

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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…

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Patrice Rice featured in Business News Daily

Seasonal Hiring: 6 Tips for Employers This article was written by Saige Driver and originally featured on  the Business News Daily’s website. View the original article here. The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year. But if you are a business owner, it can also be the most stressful. Business picking up during the holiday season is great, but days like Black Friday can put a strain on the employees who are left doing the extra work. Many small businesses combat this by hiring seasonal help. However, there are some important things to consider, as regulations for hiring short-term workers differ from hiring…

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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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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I had been searching for a restaurant management opportunity for about 4 weeks and had very little luck.  I couldn't seem to find the "right" position or find the "right"person to help me.  Then I came across the ad from Patrice and Associates recruiting for a kitchen manager for one of their clients.  So I completed another application, submitted my resume and waited.

    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!
  • “Chris is hands down one of the best recruiters I have worked with in my job searches. He is genuinely enthusiastic and highly motivated in finding that "perfect" match. Not only does he create a meaningful relationship with his candidates, but it is that same gusto that keeps him well connected to all his clients and opens up an abundance of possible placement opportunities.  He is honest, dependable, and always reachable. I am absolutely certain Chris will get you where you want to be!” Best of luck to Chris at Patrice & Associates!   Tianna Chris is hands down one of the best recruiters I have worked with in my job searches.
  •   Fajar is amazingly  professional, kind, and very easy to talk to.  She was always just an phone call text or email away. She responded extremely fast to every question I've asked her even if I emailed her after 5 pm. She anticipated my needs as an applicant. Fajar gave  me so much vital information that prepared me for my interviews. Honestly I wouldn’t have thought to research in such depth on my own. She kept me motivated whenever I doubted myself. She  is just a great person around the board and I know the sky is the limit for her because she is genuinely cares Paula Asaije . She kept me motivated whenever I doubted myself....Fajar helps someone else get a job!
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