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Lockdown by the Numbers

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It’s going to be a short one from me today. Not because I don’t have anything to say. Quite the contrary. Typically, something happens in my working week, or I read something in the news, that inspires the Friday blog.

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.


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What Recruitment Firms Could Learn from the Paralympics

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I’ve been watching a lot of the Paralympics recently. I’m not trying to be “right-on” like some of the sanctimonious knob-heads on LinkedIn. I just don’t like Netflix, and it’s pretty much on 24/7 and free to air on Duke.

The Only Advice I Can Offer

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My wife is currently pregnant. We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl or a they, and won’t do until the little mite makes an appearance in February. We prefer it that way. Someone asked me the other week what the most important advice I’ll impart on my child will be.

A Recruiter’s Guide To Hiring In 2021

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The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down

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Not sure if anyone else is a fan of an obscure Simpsons reference but I’m hoping that a slither of the readership will get that. It’s when Homer is trying to describe the 1994 film Speed, for further clarity click here.

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Work Tripping

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It’s that time of year. My LinkedIn feed is flooded with pictures of agency conferences that are taking place nationally as oppose to the alluring glitz and glam of Aussie.

Sell a Retainer or Retain Your Sanity?

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“RETAINED! RETAINED! RETAINED!” ” If any of the big Recruitment personalities of LinkedIn posted the above, they’d have “likes’ into the thousands and comments into the hundreds.

Fantasy Football is Coming Home! ???????????

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I got Liverpool’s new away kit through the post this week, it’s a thing of beauty and the perfect tonic for Monday’s crushing defeat. A friendly reminder that club football is just around the corner. In fact, it’s under a month away!

City of Sales ?

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On the odd occasion, I’ll venture South to The Windy City. I tend to catch her on a good day more often than not, allowing me to do that thing which is proudly presented as a benefit to Welly life; walking to meetings.

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You’ve Changed!

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I’ve pre-ordered the Uber Eats for next Wednesday at 12:01 am. That is of course when Auckland will be out of our 4 th Lockdown, definitely, 100% If for some reason it’s extended, NZ’s most popular city will once again take it on the chin. I like to err on the side of optimism when it comes to lockdowns which I’m aware is the less sexy approach. The more pessimistic you are the more knowledgeable you come across. Two weeks?! You’re dreaming! Try four mate!

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Counter Culture

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It’s been a lively time at Rice Towers over the past couple of weeks. We’ve exposed a pantomime antagonist and been enthralled in an online witch hunt which resulted in the blog last week hitting record numbers!

Shop Around

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Unfortunately, every week can’t be a juicy exposé. Thankfully there aren’t that many charlatans in the industry. There was a temptation to go all Boston Globe and take aim at the recruitment practices of the Catholic church but best left for another day.

They Did What!? Part 1

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In a whiteboard first; Sean and I are going to collaborate on a blog. I’m going to take Part 1 and the big fella is going to handle the sequel. I do subtly hope that Part 2 doesn’t eclipse Part 1 in a Godfather trilogy type of way.

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How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: Workbright

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What if candidates took references?

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There’s a lot of nonsensical advice given to job seekers by Recruiters. Actually, scratch that. Recruiters tend to give good advice to job seekers, as their livelihoods are largely dependent on job seekers getting jobs. It’s so-called Thought Leaders that you need to be careful of.

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.

Recruitment Recruitment Recruitment ??

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It’s been another full-on week in recruitment. The number of job ads posted to Seek has reached 57% of pre-Covid-19 levels. Wellington’s leading the way with the highest job ad levels at 63.2% of pre-Covid levels with Canterbury and Auckland sitting just over 50%.

Do Better Burger ??

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Sean and I sit down for our one on one first thing Thursday morning. I’m usually there wide-eyed and bushy tailed, pencil sharpened ready to tell him about the wows and woes of running an agency rec to rec desk.

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Reaching Unreachable Candidates

Speaker: Patrick Dempsey and Andrew Erpelding of ZoomInfo

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SEEK up their rates. Stop moaning about it

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Unless you’ve been really into the America’s Cup, you will have seen the announcement of SEEK’s new dynamic pricing model. Like the first review of almost every classic album, the overwhelming response from the market has been “ 1 star ”, “ would not recommend ”, and “ go f**k yourself SEEK ”.

The Markle Debacle

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We’re currently living and working in a bit of a time warp. Some days the pandemic is but a speck in the rear-view mirror, the next we’re perusing desolate shopping isles where toilet paper used to live.

Hippies, Conspiracies, And The Importance of Timing

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This week sees me escaping lockdown to sunny Whangarei. Making the most of my freedoms, I was enjoying lunch on Wednesday and happened to be sat next to what can only be described as an ageing hippy.

The Amazing Race!

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What a week! Have they always been this long? We have it pretty cushy here in NZ and especially Auckland. We’ve got a short weeks coming out the wazoo with an anniversary every other. If you’re like me you’ve found yourself doing some late shifts this week in order to make up for the lost time.

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What’s Stopping Recruiters Moving?

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Cards on the table, I’m a little half cut from England’s historic triumph catapulting them to their first final in 55 years. Papa Walters is icing his loins in Ohakune after successfully impregnating his spouse, which we are thrilled by! For too long JR has had to deal with ol mate’s parenting tips from a position of zero authority. I shed a tear for those England supporters who got up super early and then had to attend RCSA awards last night.

Stick or Twist

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Everyone likes a wee flutter. Be it the annual bet on the National or a habitual pull on a pokie, the chance to make a lot out of a little is an alluring prospect. One that has seen many a deadbeat dad push a myriad of brass instruments across a poker table on the strength of a sure thing.

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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.

Recruiters Telling the Truth? You Better Believe It

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Barring some early adolescent fumblings, I don’t think there is anything more frustrating than not being believed. I don’t mean when someone doesn’t believe your lie. That’s almost fun and most certainly deserved.

How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

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Tourist Averse

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And just like that, the first billing month has been entered into the annals of history. It’s always a weird month; placements that annoyingly missed the big end of year push have welcomed you back into the office with open arms.

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Notice Period Drama

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Like Slim Shady and Arnie respectively, we’re BACK baby! Like most recruitment agencies and businesses in NZ we returned back to the coal face this Monday, here we are at Friday, and faces sure are sooty. It’s been a busy week; the first couple of days are usually pretty admin heavy.

“Pro rata” fees and other bad ideas

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This is a glorious time to be a recruiter. Yes, I am aware that there are no candidates out there. And there are probably still too many recruitment firms in existence. However, like a boomer Dad with a lawn to mow, we currently have a purpose. Y’see when the pendulum swings the other way, and there are no vacancies and plenty of candidates, we spend our days trying to wedge ourselves into the recruitment supply chain in an attempt to first make, and then justify, a 15% fee.

Best year EVER!

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Ok, maybe not EVER. It’s been a turbulent year for sure but for those who are still gainfully employed, you should count yourself lucky!

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Why paying “market rate” doesn’t work

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About 4 years ago, I bought a house in Auckland. I’m not really a savings kinda guy, so didn’t have a 20% deposit. Contrary to popular belief, this is possible, but the bank will only lend you up to the amount of a registered valuation of the property. I’m also not a registered valuation kinda guy, so I bought the house anyway and then had a very uncomfortable few days.

2020: A Review (AKA How to Write a Marginally Popular Recruitment Blog)

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This blog started off as a review of 2020. However, being that this is my last hold of the Whiteboard marker for 2020, and that a 2020 “round up” is a stupid idea for a blog, I’ve decided to be slightly self-indulgent. Firstly, I should preface that I am no expert in blog writing.

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Hot Buttons!

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Temperature is used to describe heaps, from a hot take to a cold shoulder. In our industry, we often talk of temp when describing the health of a desk or the freshness of a role. A consultant in charge of a hot desk that is losing money will soon find themselves in a hot seat.

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“We don’t use agencies” and other lies

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Not all lies are created equal. Sometimes we lie to save our own skin. Sometimes we lie to be kind. And other times, we lie to ourselves.

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