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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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Interview 101: It’s all about Preparation

You perfected your resume, reached out to employers, and finally landed an interview.  Now what?   Getting ready for an interview can be one of the most stressful steps in the job seeking process.  It's your first and potentially only opportunity to make a lasting impression with a great company.  Although there may be a lot at stake,  you don't have to let an upcoming interview overwhelm you.  A recent article on Success.com titled '20 Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing' focuses on the one main problem many job seekers face when going into an interview: failing to be well prepared.…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Recruiters Source the BEST Candidates for Your Company 

    I must tell you that we posted this EA job opportunity on Indeed and another site, and had a lot of applicants.  After going through the timely process of elimination, we ended up with about 5 candidates to personally interview.  The candidates that Marty has brought us were both much, much better than what we did on our own.  I also asked both candidates how they felt about Marty as a recruiter, since we are recommending your company to all our franchisees, and they both had rave reviews about his follow up, sincerity and kindness.  Just thought you would like to know that. Alan Thomas, Just Love Coffee Recruiters Source the BEST Candidates for Your Company 
  • Hospitality Recruiters are Your Career Coach

    Frank reached out to me via Linked In messaging and right off the bat he was speaking my language.  His message was exactly what I needed to hear to consider the position he was looking to fill.  He kept me informed as the process progressed and he maintained discretion which was greatly appreciated.  I was very impressed with how everything went and felt it was a very professional process.  He even coached me prior to the interview process and let me know key points of my qualifications that would be most relevant to the position I was seeking.  Thank you for everything Frank!

      Please feel free to use the testimonial in your marketing materials.   Thank you!   Ed McIntosh Hospitality Recruiters are Your Career Coach
  • Hospitality Recruiters Help You Find a Job For FREE!

    Helena was wonderful throughout the whole process. I started my job search far sooner than necessary (3 months before moving back to Boston) and she walked me through the necessary steps to prepare for the submission of my resume. She was very responsive and helpful with answering my questions and setting up communication between myself and Cafe Nero and making sure that we stayed to an appropriate timeline. She made the whole interview process a breeze and helped build my confidence in preparation as well. It was really nice to work with someone that not only cared about placing you with a company but also cared about your transition into that company and overall satisfaction with the process and job.   Thanks, Heather Pew Hospitality Recruiters Help You Find a Job For FREE!
  • My New Job Changed My Life

    I would like to take this time and thank you for the outstanding work that was put forward for me to get the opportunity to become a General Manager for with Arby's Restaurant. From the beginning you have treated me with the upmost respect and made all the necessary calls to set up my interviews and follow-up. That speak volumes of your hard work and dedication that you show to your clients at hand.  I without a doubt without any hesitation will recommend you to anyone, I know that's looking for a career in the hospitality and restaurant business. From the heart a true, in me you can count on friend and i hope to do business with you moving forward with my new career as General Manager for Arby's Restaurant. Sincerely, Johnny J. Cardona My New Job Changed My Life
  • Need a Job - Patrice & Associates can find it for you!

    I would like to start by saying that Heather Leach was hands down amazing! Usually the job hunt process is painful to say the least, but she was super focused friendly and made the whole process simple. She even managed to get me more money than i was asking for with my first choice company. I don't know how closely your company pays attention to these testimonials but i sincerely hope she is treasured by your organization. If i ever need your companies services again(hopefully not)  I would love to have her in my corner again! Chris Ingle Need a Job - Patrice & Associates can find it for you!