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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

  • Hospitality Recruitment Helps People Find Jobs

    I had the wonderful privilege of working with Helena Nash from Patrice and Associates. From the very beginning and from my first conversation with Helena, I knew I had somebody that what is this me in finding the proper position. Helena was very professional and helpful, throughout my process of procuring a general manager job with JP licks. Helena asked me the right questions, and supplied me with educated answers to help me find the position that I desired.I felt she went out of her way by helping me make my resume look more professional, her professional tips that she sent along to me before my interviews, along with the conversations that I had before and after my interviews, truly made me feel like I had the right person on my side, and in my corner. I would highly recommend Helena Nash and Patrice and associates to help them, in either finding the proper job or finding the proper employee for their company. I feel privileged to have had them help me in such a difficult task in finding the right job and position for me, and truly feel I would still be out there looking for a job if it was not for them. Sincerely and with warm regards, Mitzzy Picardo I had the right person on my side, and in my corner.
  • Hospitality Recruitment Helps People Find Jobs

    Matt has been incredibly helpful in the job search process. First, he performed a detailed interview on his behalf to help build a resume that represented my years of achievement but also was designed for what employers are looking for. Next , he spent quality time preparing me for the interview process by providing backgrounds through “linkedin”about the individuals I would be speaking with along with much information on the company. Matt checked in with me on a weekly basis and kept me “in the loop” on the status of the interview process. Last, Matt provided the communication needed to know where I stood during all phases of the process by following up with Clean Plate and myself. I highly recommend Matt Lopez and Patrice & Associates - they truly care! Kamus McNair I highly recommend Matt Lopez and Patrice & Associates - they truly care!
  • Hospitality Recruitment is for Everyone

    Working with Patrice & Associates has been an amazing ride! Sherri Balzer has been right with me every step of the way in helping me find this AMAZING opportunity to grow in my career. Sherri has provided guidance, ideas and helped me to accent and highlight my areas of expertise. It was a great pleasure to work with Sherri and I would, without hesitation, recommend Sherri Balzer and Patrice & Assocites if you’re ever looking to further your career. Thank you so much for your help Sherri you are AMAZING!
    Sincerely, Daimon J. Cobb Sr. I would, without hesitation, recommend Sherri and Patrice & Associates
  • Hospitality Recruitment Works for Everyone

    Stephanie was a pleasure to work with from the first call.  Having worked with recruiters in the past for my HR responsibilities, I was hesitant, but Stephanie lived up to the Patrice & Associates name. She guided me through the process, reaffirmed my beliefs, and made sure I was ready through every step.  Now I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing in my career, and there's plenty of opportunity for growth and advancement. Thanks Stephanie! Chris Hospitality Recruiting with Stephanie Reaffirmed My Beliefs
  • Hospitality Recruitment Works for Everyone

    Thank you for having Vicki on your team, she is an unequivocal asset to Patrice & Associates. She has helped me two times in my job searches and she has delivered on both occasions. I don't have the pleasure to knowing Vicki on a personal level but I can tell you that her voice over the phone brings you confidences and let's you know that you are going to have a professional that cares about you, more over Vicki is not only professional but she I believe also understands people like me who are not so young anymore but with plenty of experience and drive to work. I have dealt with many recruiters from all platforms and I have had the chance to be able to compare the difference between a young recruiter and someone with more experience on the work force, my advice to job recruiting sites will be to pair people with a good match so we can talk at the same level.  The young people don't feel "threatened or pushed around" by and older peer, I think that will give us a better chance to a job and that's what Vicki delivers.   Best regards. Ruben Ramirez. Hospitality Recruitment Works for Everyone