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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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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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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Hospitality Recruitment for a GREAT Client!

    I wanted to share both a picture and account of my visit to the Bavarian Inn this past weekend- my BEST client- and partner- Imelda Leix.

    I’ll try to keep this brief- but the short story is that when corporate called and asked me to take on Bavarian Inn as a client, I was excited as this is a hotel that holds a deep meaning for my family – having gone there as a child with my parents- and then bringing my own children when they were little and now. We’ve always enjoyed everything about the Bavarian Inn and Frankenmuth.

    So as I began working with Imelda and team, I already had a passion for helping find the best possible people for her and the Inn, and as we fast forward through our working relationship, it goes without saying that Imelda has been the most communicative partner regarding the candidates we’ve worked through of any client I work with. Based on the foundation of that communication, we’ve worked together to help 3 candidates get hired at the Bavarian Inn over the past several months, all 3 of whom I got the opportunity to personally speak with and hear about the their positive experiences so far working for Bavarian Inn the past couple of days.

    Also over the weekend I was given a tour of the entire facility and holdings so I could better understand the scope of their needs and reach, as well as hear about the characteristics and caliber of the people that work for them- much like Imelda, who has worked for the Bavarian Inn for 40 years!

    Really just wanted to share this  because I'm in a grateful and committed state of mind to help amazing clients like Imelda and Bavarian Inn!

    Doug Lockwood Grand Rapids Franchisee

    Hospitality Recruitment for a GREAT Client!
  • My name is Michael Grass and a month ago I was out of work and looking to work in the restaurant industry.   I have 35+ years experience in that field, but was not finding a lot of openings for my services.     I submitted my resume to Patrice and Associates Hospitality Recruiting and was contacted by a recruiter named Ian. I cannot say enough good things about Ian and the work he put in on my behalf.  He was able to get me an interview and ultimately a job at On The Border.   Before I was hired he had helped me set up my resume in a very professional looking way.  He coached me on the way On the Border viewed their candidates, the types of questions they could ask and although I am ultimately selling my own services to any interviewer, the amount of work he put in behind the scenes speaks very highly to Ian. I owe Ian a tremendous gratitude of thanks for all of the work he and Patrice and Associates for their recruitment efforts and for that I am forever grateful.   Thank You, Michael Grass     I am forever grateful for the recruitment efforts of Patrice & Associates
  • Firstly, I want to let you know my job search was not successful until I started working with my recruiter, FaLisa. Until then, my resume was not getting in right persons hands when I would apply online or in person (I was applying for upper restaurant management). FaLisa was on the ball, answered her phone/emails at all times and I can't thank her enough for getting me interviews that led me to landing a very exciting opportunity! Thanks to FaLisa for her recruitment efforts that changed my life. Thank you, Bailey Kapci Thanks to FaLisa for her recruitment efforts that changed my life.
  • Nicole, inTom Schmitt's office,  truly made the application and interview process very easy. Nicole was with me every step of the way, kept me  very focused on moving forward as well as gave me uplifting words daily. I can truly say that Nicole's guidance help me land the position I was going after!   Jennifer Reed
  • Thank you Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruitment - Helena was great.  She did all the leg work and reworked my resume to emphasize my strengths and achievements.  She put me and my family in a better place and I can't thank her enough. Yours gratefully, Mark Courtney She put me and my family in a better place and I can't thank her enough.