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What are you doing to keep your workers in this tight labor market?

Companies are getting creative when it comes to keeping their workers.  In the "old days" of recruiting everyone worked 6 days a week, 60 - 70 hours and often didn't have benefits.  I've seen the trends change to attract workers but not like we are seeing now. Yum! Brands, for example, recently expanded its parental leave policy for birth mothers to 18 weeks at full pay, including six weeks of “baby bonding time.” The new policy also allows birth fathers, partners, adoptive and foster parents to take six weeks at full pay. Noodles & Company also offers parental leave, adoption assistance…

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5 Ways to Build a More Applicant-Friendly Recruiting Process

The job application process can be overwhelming, and job seekers won’t hesitate to abandon a complicated or frustrating process.   With unemployment low and the competition for talent fierce, employers can’t afford application processes that drive candidates away instead of welcoming them in. Job seekers have more options now than ever.  They can "pick and chose" which company offers the most, which company makes the process the easiest, which company seems the most interesting and offers the best career path. Here are five things you can do to ensure your recruiting process gives candidates what they want: 1. Be Honest About the Job…

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4 Tips For Writing A Resume That Will Get You The Interview

4 Tips For Writing A Resume That Will Get You The Interview If you’re tired of meticulously writing, editing and rewriting your resume, only to send it off and never hear about it again, you’re not alone. The reality is that it’s possible no one ever saw your resume at all. Over 90% of large companies use applicant tracking systems that scan your resume and determine if you are a fit for the role or not by looking for keywords. Keywords are those that are essential to the role, and the systems use them to filter the applications coming in, narrowing down…

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“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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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • I was very lucky to get recruited by Cara and the Patrice and Associates team. From start to finish Cara made me feel like I was the right person for this new step in my career. She was very easy to talk to and brought the best out of me when it came to preparing for my interview. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition and this great opportunity would never have happened without Cara. Thanks!! Chuck Amiss
  • Doug was excellent!  I have never been treated with such regard and respect and what he has done for me to get me my new career job was exceptional. I do not believe I could have done what he did for me on my own. I would like to thank him for everything and I appreciate everything he has done for me Josh Street Doug was excellent!
  • I will happily give a testimony!  She was awesome, professional and very friendly!

    I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome! Always easy to reach via texts, emails and phone. It felt like Cara was on my side and wanted what was best for me. Wrote an amazing resume. She helped set me up with all my interviews, provided interview coaching to help me land the job. She also checked on me completely throughout my whole experience. The best part is how she kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering and was very supportive throughout the interview process. I'll definitely highly recommend her in the future! Sincerely Andrea I am grateful for my experience working with Cara!
  • I first want to thank Emily Lilly and Patrice & Associates for helping me land the career changing opportunity I have been desiring in my fast food management career. I met Emily via my Indeed profile, she reached out to me with the career opportunity I have been looking for. As this was my first experience working with a job recruiter, it has exceeded my expectations. Emily was very attentive to the career desires I communicated with her and delivered. She also provided me with relevant, detailed information about the position and company. Emily communicated frequent with all parties involved and made every step of the process smooth and efficient. I would definitely use her services again and highly recommend the services of Patrice & Associates. DaVenna Brown
  • I am writing to you to express my appreciation for the excellent service which I had received from Mike Buterbaugh at Patrice & Associates. Mike was very accommodating and helpful to me. His guidance, support and preparation through the interview process to me getting the job offer was truly professional. Mike, Thank you!!! All the Best. Godfrey de la Rosa Mike, Thank you!!!