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Fifty and not out! That’s right beloved readership, not only is that the first cricket reference I’ve eluded to but this article is in fact my 50 th in this series of blogs.

“High” Billing Recruiters

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When I was 17 I had a mate called Kev who managed a sausage factory. Although only 2 years older than me, his precocious talent (in that he could speak English) fast tracked him into a management position. One of his responsibilities was to select which Labour Hire agency would be used to staff a factory which smelt, quite frankly, like a dog’s fanny. This was my first insight into the seedy underbelly of the recruitment industry.

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Tinder & Job Boards Are For Losers. And I’m Proud To Be One.

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When I was a single man, I used to love Tinder. Now I know everyone is using Bumble and Hinge for their online dating endeavors these days , but back in my day, Tinder was king. And I know what you’re thinking. Me, sitting like a lonely loser, underpanted in my hovel, waiting for the next vulnerable young lady looking for a recruiter to cry on. The truth is actually much more wholesome.

Lockdown Lessons For Recruiters

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2020 sure has been one hell of a ride. Before we get into today’s blog, I just wanted a quick recap of events leading up to our current situation.

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Knowing Your Limits

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We’re slowly coming to terms with the fact that our Twitter account wasn’t big enough to be hacked here at Rice HQ. Still, if you’d like to chuck some cryptocurrency our way then please first explain to the ins and outs of cryptocurrency. We’ve actually been MULLing over some other news in the office this week, that is of course the swift departure of Todd Muller from the National Party. That’s right, the blogs getting political!

When The Tap Turns Off

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Perhaps I’m suffering from a little recruiter’s fatigue or lack thereof? After all, this is supposed to be our busy time. We find ourselves back at square one, feverishly working from our abodes like the common cam girl. It’s disappointing, we did as we were told, and yet we seem to be flying past the metaphorical McDonalds we were promised if well behaved. That Maccas being normality.

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A Decade of Recruiting Recruiters – Rice Consulting Turns 10

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My fellow Director Sean Walters has chosen probably the best possible week weather-wise to go camping this week and so, rather than immersing you into a triple-dose of the young la’ Scotty’s blogs, I’ve decided to prise the lids off my old Whiteboard pens and see if there’s any juice left in them. As it happens, the timing is quite providential, as this is the last of our weekly blogs before Rice Consulting turns 10 years old next week.

Maybe if we just ignore it…?

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Recruiters get a fair amount of heat for ignoring stuff. Whether it be towards persistent yet non-placeable candidates, or internal recruiters on perpetual voicemail, we have an infamous and well-documented history with the ol’ silent treatment. In many cases, it’s a skidmark on on the Y-fronts of what should be a smooth, considered, and considerate hiring process.

Recruitment Reputation.

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Reputation is everything in our industry, it’s the vehicle we use from getting to deal to deal. It can be improved upon or dented until the wheels fall off. To quote, George Washington, Wayne Gretzky, or Marilyn Monroe, depending on the credibility of website you visit “it takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad to lose it all.”

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The Great Leap Forward. Or Backward.

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You have to admit; it really is an incredible time to be alive. My Grandad flew RAF bombers during the Second World War. And apart from firebombing the innocent women and children of Dresden, it was the most vivid and defining time of his life.

LinkedInappropriate

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I’d say that I am in the top percentile of users on LinkedIn, in that I use it every day with the majority of my placements coming from this source. I certainly find myself more and more plugged in during these post lockdown times. When I was running a conventional desk, it would be used to post the odd add on or indulge that scrolling muscle memory that most millennials have developed in order to pass time. When I see some of my friends back home with LinkedIn accounts I ask why??

Underdogs Take First Bite

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This was the week ladies and gentleman. Although many recruiters will tell you different, this was the week that I saw the first signs of economic recovery. Perhaps more 90s landing strip than 70s bush, for the first time since lockdown, I’ve got the sense that those little green shoots of recovery have pierced the permafrost of economic despair. Y’see, without sounding like a little’ b h, I may have had it harder than most recruiters.

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The problem with References

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I love the sound of references being taken. Like the first sight of a rain cloud to a Waikato dairy farmer, it heralds an imminent change of circumstances.

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The Devil Makes Work for Idle Recruiters

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“The devil makes work for idle hands”, or so Edwardian factory owners like to tell us. And judging by the current market, it is not just those involved in steam powered weaving that this applies to. In our industry, there are currently two types of recruiters; those who have more time on their hands than usual, and those who are liars. And as much as we love to boast to our rivals whilst doing the Queen Street Shuffle, our diaries have gone from a solid Cheddar to a holey Emmental.

It Could Be Too Hot!

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Often blog topics come from mundane chats or more specifically gripes about the industry, other times they are ‘tap ins’ the day after the Seek Awards for example or new year’s resolutions.

2020 Vision

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You all saw it! I was the first person to coin the phrase 2020 vision! A line that will no doubt be utilized in many a marketing campaign to the point of exhaustion throughout the year, just you remember blog faithful, I was the originator!

Recruiters Pull Out Early

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Writing a weekly recruitment blog has its challenges. Some weeks, like warm honey flowing through my fingertips, they just write themselves. A Recruiter does something immoral, a government agency blames a recruiter for hiring a conman, someone throws a punch at an awards ceremony – all of which make my blogging endeavours a walk in the park. Not only are these blogs easy to write, they’re also absolute bankers in terms of views, clicks, likes, and shares.

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Lots Of Rooms, Loads Of Elephants

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If we do not acknowledge and address a glaringly obvious issue, at some point in the future, it will come back around and kicks us squarely in the balls. Every time. This was a point made to me during my very first recruitment job interview. It was the fantastically named Spencer Jinks asking the questions, and I was the 23 year old trying to impress without having a clue what the job actually entailed.

New New Zealand

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It’s now been a whole two weeks since we identified a new case of COVID 19 in Aotearoa! As Ashley Bloomfield suggested, NZ has become the “envy” of the world’s combined combative efforts. The last two weeks have felt relatively normal; people are back in the office; interviews have been booked and adverts have returned back to job boards! Like the mighty salmon returns to its birthplace against all odds in order to spawn. This return also brings new life! Job postings on Seek NZ are up 92.7%

Why Recruiters Don’t “Get” Diversity

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It was TV gold this week as National’s new leader, Todd Muller, announced his frontbench. In what was accurately described by Newshub as a “ shemozzle “, when pressed on diversity, a nervous Nikki Kaye highlighted that Paul Goldsmith was “ obviously Ng?ti ti Porou” The problem is, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Goldsmith isn’t actually M?ori ori , and his only claim to being so is that his Grandad liked to shag them.

The Existential Angst Of Recruitment

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Hello again. It’s been a while. What have you been up to? Oh, this and that. You know. Well maybe not, but I’ll explain later.

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So Far? So So.

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For those who didn’t come into work last week, fear not! You missed very little. I walk to work so I’m not able to correlate the number of cars on the road to the number of workers like my gas-guzzling colleagues. Furthermore, I’m not even able to indulge my Wellington consultant base in a ritual Auckland slagging, “I mean, can you believe it’s not even got a center!?” usually gets me out of the traffic chat. Once I got into town my fears were confirmed, it’s still pretty grim out there.

The Three Approaches to Recovery

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Like having unprotected sex with a chlamydic super model, it was with mixed emotions that I found myself riding into work yesterday morning. Not “mixed” because I’m yet to organise my sock draw, but more so from the time it took to traverse the 20 kilometers across Auckland. Those who have visited this fine city will know that “traffic” and “Auckland” go together like Tango & Cash.

First Things First!

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I’m a realist! Not to be confused with Iggy Azalea 04 smash hit ‘Classy’ to which she states first things first she’s the realest, very important. Realistically, we’re on the precipice of getting some pretty welcomed news; those non-essential workers can get out of their abodes and back into the workplace as early as next week! That’s the plan anyway, Jacinda could take a draconian turn ordering us underground like a new Coober Pedy however that seems unlikely given her sterling work so far.

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All Bets Are Off

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I’ve been listening to a lot of Country music recently. Maybe it’s my Titirangi-bound self isolation conjuring up fantasies of a lonesome cowboy, squinting across the prairie. Or perhaps the bleak economic outlook has slung me into a bout of maudlin self-pity which makes songs like “She’s actin’ single (I’m drinkin’ doubles)” so appealing. Maybe I just have very bad taste in music.

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State of Affairs

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I’m starting to think that the 20’s are doomed in any millennia. Are you even in the midst of a global pandemic if you haven’t started an email with “unprecedented times”? For those hoping for some good news in this blog, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer. May 11 th to be exact, and the ‘goodness’ of that news is still yet to be determined. That’s when we will look to move down to L2 presumably with a week buffer, as has become customary.

A Seemingly Unpopular Opinion on a Global Pandemic

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I want to blog about self-isolation. Actually, tell a lie. I’d rather talk about almost anything else. Unfortunately, like Basil Fawlty not mentioning the war to the Germans, it’s very difficult to write a blog this week that isn’t about Covid-19. However, following on from my previous blog , I still find myself in an up-beat, slightly irreverent mood.

Recruiters – Just Hang On In There

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There’s a fantastic scene in Forrest Gump. In it, after promising an army buddy on his death bed that he’d set up a shrimping business, Forrest fritters away his savings on a boat. Due to over-fishing from the competition, day after day, all they catch is the occasional gumboot. Then one day a hurricane hits. Riding out the storm, in one of the best scenes of the movie, they return to port to see the shrimping fleet decimated.

Truly Terrible Recruitment Agency Ideas

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Many years ago, I had the idea of creating a meat-flavoured fizzy beverage in a can. Y’know, for those moments when you want the refreshment and sugar rush of a cola, but also the comfort of some good old fashioned home cooking. Sadly, interest in “Lambonade” was weak to say the least. Ever since then, and arguably before, I’ve been fascinated and entertained by bad business ideas.

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The Rise of Boomerang Recruiters

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What do Steve Jobs , LeBron James and Mikel Arteta have in common? Both are what is becoming commonly known in the HR world as boomerang employees: Previous employees of a company who have, for various reasons, left that company to work elsewhere or pursue some other adventure, and later down the line become reemployed back in the same company again.

Candidates are Calling the Shots

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The tide has been turning for some time, and now more than ever it feels like a candidate’s market out there.

Time For Something Different In Recruitment

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Next week sees the realisation of two different projects we have been working on within our business for quite some time now, and it’s fair to say I’m a bundle of nervous excitement and energy about it all. Rice Consulting as a business has always sought to adopt an innovative approach to things. Innovation is a constant theme running through the company and it flows with abundance through everyone who works here.

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Look At Me, I’m A Recruiter

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We live in a vainglorious world. Technology has brought us the phenomenon of selfies and social media provided the platform for us to share our pouting selves with all and sundry. Even in recruitment we talk about how essential personal branding is to be a successful recruiter these days, whatever that means. So what should we do, as recruiters, when clients brief us on a vacancy and indicate (with varying degrees of subtlety) that the successful candidate should look the part?

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