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Immigration Ill-Advisors

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Do you know who deserve a worse reputation than Recruitment Consultants? Drivers who don’t indicate. And Immigration Advisors.

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WTF is Quiet Quitting!?

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Probably weirder not to acknowledge the recent passing of a monarch so I’ll hit that head-on. While the news is relatively raw and bearing in mind NZ has a tendency to be a tad royalist leaning, the official press release coming out of Rice is one of respect and compassion.


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Candidate Delusion Calculator

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News is hard to decipher these days, the whole concept of ‘fake news’ has squirmed its way firmly into the global zeitgeist. Take this week, from bombs landing in Poland to CR7 saying that Luke Shaw was seen scoffing chocolate cake off a dusty Community Shield.

All of Government Part 5: Was it all a Dream?

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I used to have a recurring nightmare of being chased by battle tanks across the farm my Grandparents lived on. Although the tanks were slow-moving, in this dream, my legs felt like lead weights, making me even slower. As always, I was relieved to wake up just as I was to be crushed to death.

10 Ways to Keep Your Hourly Employees

Getting and keeping hourly workers is no longer as simple as offering them more cash. Employees have options. But this guide from Paycor will help you put your best foot forward to recruit, retain, and develop hourly workers so you can remain competitive.

You seeing many people coming from overseas? ??

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It’s a question I get asked a lot. With a distinct lack of available talent in the market, every hiring manager and their dog is hoping for a positive answer to that very question.

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All of Government Part 4: MBIE Cr@p their pants

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Very rarely do I get so much mileage from one topic. Thankfully, the numbskulls at MBIE have made my blogging so much easier of late.

High Risk – High Reward: The life of an Internal Recruiter

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This week’s top employment story comes to us by way of Meta, the parent company of Facebook. Following disastrous advertising revenue in a post-Covid world, and heavy investment in creating a virtual world as this one is rubbish, Zuckerberg has had to give the old heave-ho to 11,000 workers globally. A big number, representing 1 in 8 of the total workforce.

All of Government and the Death of Contractor Recruitment: Part 2

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Like any Hollywood blockbuster, how could I resist a sequel to this year’s most popular blog? Given that last week’s post made the hallowed pages of “ Reseller News “, I’m compelled to rinse this for as long as possible.

They Did What!? Part 2. (AKA How not to exit staff)

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Like a prostitute being asked to spit into a John’s mouth, I’m mostly numb to the kinks of the recruitment industry. After nearly 15 years recruiting, 10 of which being spent recruiting recruiters, I’ve pretty much seen all the crappy behaviours contingent recruitment can create.

The Changing World of HR: Prepare Your HCM for the Future

Speaker: Mark Stelzner - Founder & Managing Principal at IA

Join Mark Stelzner of IA as he discusses how to optimize your current HCM system and the opportunities for new tech.

Toxic culture, or are you just allergic?

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When I was a nipper, the only thing “toxic” was toxic waste. In my mind’s eye, this substance glowed fluorescent green and lived in oil drums. Nowadays, everything is toxic. From masculinity, to relationships, to culture, to workplaces.

Annual Leave, Do We Need It? ??

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As my wedding is taking place this weekend there is a topic very dear to my heart, annual Leave. Scott, I would imagine with all the family you have arriving in Auckland and annoying wedding details to cross off you would’ve been taken this week off? Wrong again, I’ve been heading in every morning this week. Most of my relatives are staying central which of course makes sense for me to amble up High St sure!

Snog, Marry, Avoid ??????

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Articles on the internet no longer seem to be articles. It’s usually an entire piece formed around something like ‘people say this is the worst/best thing ever!’ it includes quotes from said people “Can’t believe they actually did that” or “I’d be very embarrassed/proud if I were them”.

The RCSA Awards: The (dubious) results are in

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This week sees me struck down with Covid. So far, it’s not been so bad. I’m running a temperature, have a bit of a head cold, and a few extra aches and pains.

What You Really Need to Know to Build an Effective Global Hiring Strategy

Speaker: Carrie Corbin, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Hope Leigh Marketing Group

Join Carrie Corbin, Global Workplace Executive, Strategist, and Consultant, for this discussion on some of the most common questions around building a global hiring and attraction strategy.

Itchy Feet

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Not just the symptom of an onset fungal infection or an early sign of diabetes. It’s the phrase we use to describe the want and desire to travel. I just took a small trip down a rabbit hole and discovered that Oxford Vs Collins is a very real thing in the dictionary world.

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“Poaching” isn’t a dirty word. It’s just incorrect.

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A recent post from the RCSA was highlighted to me today. Now I’m not one to read these things usually, but given their commendable involvement in dealing with the clowns at MBIE recently, I’ve taken a bigger interest in our(*) governing body of late (*yours, not mine). The post can be read here , but for those too lazy to click a link or scared of being RickRolled, the article is titled “Concerned about Consultant “Poaching”?”

M?nawatia a Matariki!

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Kia ora whanau and m?nawatia nawatia a Matariki! We’re a little early with the big day being next Friday. However, for the first time in NZ we have a national holiday to celebrate! So, no blog next week. One thing I’ve always loved about New Zealand is how it acknowledges its first people.

What your fave Christmas movie says about you, as a recruiter

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Merry Christmas readership! This blog is sort of the penultimate one before the big day but you find me very much in the yuletide spirit. And by yuletide spirit, I mean severely hungover.

7 Ways To Avoid Today's HR Compliance Risks

With remote work on the rise, salary history bans in effect, and Fair Workweek laws passed, HR compliance has become more challenging. Discover the 7 most prominent HR compliance hurdles of today, and learn how to avoid them detailed in Paycor’s recent guide!

The S Word ??

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Strap yourself in blog faithful, this is the first in four back-to-back blogs from the desk of S. Burnett. Sorry to spring this on you but at least you’re a little more prepared than the poor Turkish bartender stationed at the swim-up bar in Sean’s all-inclusive resort.

What’s in a name?

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If you’re reading this, you’re one of the (un)lucky ones. It seems that my recent tirades against MBIE have both offended the quick-to-complain Procurement industry, as well us incurring the wrath of LinkedIn’s anti-hate speech algorithms. My blog posts, which have typically been generating circa 15,000 impressions, are now generating 150. That’s one hundred and fifty, not one hundred and fifty thousand.

Tenuous Tenure

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As Kayne West penned on 2010’s Gorgeous; “I was looking at my resume, feeling real fresh today” Today marks the second day of feeling relatively fine since I finally got snagged by Covid. For the last week, the little w?hine

“How to Recruit” in 10 simple phrases

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I’ve had a bit of a wobble this week. Don’t worry. It’s not so bad that you have to offer me a virtual hug, coffee, or catch-up via my Facebook profile so that the world can see how “kind” you are. And although I live under a self-imposed Level 4 (as should you probably), it’s not from being trapped between these four walls. I have a dog, a wife, and s**t-loads of wine – and between the three of them, they are catering to my basic needs.

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Hire Global to Grow Global: A Conversation with A Global Recruiting & HR Expert

Speaker: Janice Stack, CEBS, Global Human Resources Executive

The digital age has given us access to a workforce beyond geopolitical boundaries. While this new access can increase productivity, it often comes with its own set of obstacles. Join Janice Stack, Global Human Resources Executive, for this insightful webinar on the ins-and-outs of expanding your team globally.

Rejoice! RCSA Awards Finalists Announced

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Have you heard the good news? Jesus lived a life without sin on our behalf, and then died the painful death our sins deserve. In other great news, the RCSA Awards finalists have been announced for 2022. Woohoo! Those who read my musings on a regular basis will know that my excitement is in jest.

Target Practice

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Targets, not just for archers or those looking to buy a bunk bed that looks like a double-decker bus. They’re important tools we use to manage our lives, especially in recruitment. No doubt a vision board would’ve been suggested or mandatorily implemented by one of your managers at some point.

Agency Recruiters aren’t Recruitment Consultants Either

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The title of this blog refers to a blog I wrote 3 weeks ago which can be read here.

Peoplebank “launch” in NZ. Should you be concerned?

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Thank you Recruit Holdings. Or perhaps that should be “ Arigat? gozaimashita ” given their country of origin. It’s not easy nor fun writing recruitment blogs currently. To put down 700 original words on recruitment without repeating yourself when your actual life is so full of repetition is no easy task. Thankfully we have a snippet of NZ recruitment news this week which will stop me mentioning Covid or my hatred of David f*cking Seymour.

The HR Playbook: How to Decrease Costs & Increase Engagement

Learn how to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing employee morale.

Wage War

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You may remember back in early Feb I called it? That instead of welcoming in hoards of eligible employees, we were going to lose most of our workforce to the siren call of an OE.

Winners and, well not losers.

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It’s the morning after the Seek awards! Usually, this occasion is combined with a stinking hangover and a few bacon butties from the Right Track. However, this year the awards were beamed virtually to 150+ screens across NZ. This occurred yesterday 1 pm which scuppered our usual process.

Internal Recruiters aren’t Recruitment Consultants

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Last week my fellow blogger Scott Burnett took me down memory lane with his playful jab at the internal recruitment market. Once upon a time, The Rice Whiteboard was a hot bed of scandalous opinion, hearsay, and on occasion, facts.

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Infernal Internal

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We’ve got a couple of busy weeks ahead here at Rice. Next Thursday is the highly anticipated jewel of the recruitment calendar, the Rice Pow Wow (only 8 tickets left). Then the following Thursday is our Access event; our new to recruitment speed interviewing evening.

Where is Everyone? Breaking Down the Talent Shortage Myth & the Great Resignation

Speaker: Ellie Dailey, Global Recruiting Expert and Team Lead for BetterUp Europe GTM Recruiting via Russell Tobin

Businesses everywhere appear to be experiencing a so-called talent shortage and repercussions to 2021’s “Great Resignation." To address what this is and how this is affecting recruiting, we need to consider issues such as the Employer Value Propositions –– Values, Mission, Vision –– and how to actually walk the walk.

All of Government Part 3: The RCSA did a…(gulp)…good thing

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Those of you who frequently read my musings, and those who shared a lovely lunch with me yesterday, will know my view on the RCSA. Without labouring the point, I’m not a fan. A largely toothless, self-congratulatory boys club, it’s never resonated with me. Which is odd to be frank, given that I’m a boy who likes to congratulate myself.

You can work from wherever you want. Just not always.

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What a time to be alive folks. Yes, petrol costs more than my bar tab and we’re on the brink of World War III, but work has never been more flexible. Once upon a time, recruitment worked like this: Firstly, we had to pick up a job. Now this is an easy task in today’s talent short world.

Interview Prep School

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As recruiters, we interview people on a near-daily basis. Candidates mainly, trying to assess suitability and matching the candidates’ skills to the client’s requirements. It becomes second nature especially when you have a checklist sitting in front of you.

10 Commandments

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This is the final entry in the trilogy of blogs from the desk of Scott D Burnett. Sean is back on the tools this week and the keyboard from next week. He’s been WFH for a bit apparently which made me question why the big man couldn’t jump on the blog?

HR in 2023: Survey Insights and Predictions

Nearly 6,000 people weighed in on the future of HR. Here’s what they said….