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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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Restaurant Operators plan to expand

Jonathan Maze of Nation’s Restaurant News posted an article yesterday highlighting the findings of the 2017 American Express Restaurant Trader Survey. The survey reached out and polled 488 owners, managers, directors, an CEO’s of independently owned restaurants. One surprising finding is the optimism that many restaurant operators still possess despite recent sales trends across the nation. "More than half of restaurant operators and managers, 54 percent, said their revenue is up over where it was a year ago. And 72 percent said they expect revenue to increase over the next year. And 83 percent of operators said they plan to…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Bruce did an outstanding job!

    I am very pleased with the help you guys have given me especially to Bruce Perry. Bruce was very helpful in helping me find a new career path and getting me ready for the interviews. He did an outstanding job at helping me feel happy with my new earnings.   Thank you Oscar Hernandez Bruce did an outstanding job!
  • Andrea is always on point!

    My experience with Andrea has been great, she's always on point, and not once did I ever feel that her interaction with me was purely a transaction - she works for you, and is an excellent career coach. On top of that, she strives to be available to her clients at all times, to help them navigate the fast-moving rapids of employment opportunities. Patrice&Associates have done well to have her on the team.   Thanks, Puneet Sikand Andrea is always on point!
  • Hamoon was the best!

    I have worked with different agencies in the past but have to say that Hamoon was one of the best in ages that I have a worked with.   He was very nice, very knowledgeable about the companies he represents,  he gets you ready for your interviews, and he checks in with you after every interview to find out how it went.   I will definitely be recommending you to all the people that I know!   Sincerely Jeffery J Williams Hamoon was the best!
  • Adam matched me with a great position!

    I would like to thank Adam and Patrice and Associates for assisting me and matching me with a great General Manager position.  Adam was very helpful from his initial contact to my receiving and signing my offer letter.  I appreciate the preparation and professionalism that Adam exhibited throughout the interview stage.  Patrice and Associates continued to check on me even after I began my employment.   Thanks very much Patrice and Associates. Terry L. Foye Adam matched me with a great position!
  • Sue made the process exciting!

    I had the pleasure of working with Sue Wooten of Patrice & Associates at the end of 2019. I had assumed that most hiring was complete for the year, but because of Sue's dedication to wrapping up my hire before the end of the year, she made sure that nothing was left to chance. She moved my new employer to make quick decisions, facilitate all calls and interviews, prepared me to discuss my previous experience and introduced me to my new companies goals and challenges. It's the rare case when you walk into a new position with your eyes wide open, but Sue's clarity and communication skills made the process fun, interesting and exciting. I have never worked with a recruiter in the past, but I would recommend Susan to anyone who wants to find just the right fit. I love my new job and I love that it is such a great fit for me. Thank you, Christina Bagapor-O'Harrow Sue made the process exciting!