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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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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.


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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.

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

The Top Trends in Talent You Can’t Miss

Speaker: Teresa Smith - Senior Managing Partner, HCM Strategic Advisory Group

During this session, Teresa Smith, Senior Managing Partner, HCM Strategic Advisory Group, will share insights on launching a multi-pronged approach to hiring and retention, as well as how this can set you up for long-term success.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do You Have an Immediate Need for Skilled Offshore Staffing?

Using talent from overseas is creating new challenges for managers. Here’s a closer look at common offshoring complications for HR managers and best practices for overcoming them. Download this comprehensive guide, "Overcoming Human Resource Management Challenges in Offshoring Teams," to learn more!

“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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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.

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.

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?

Using the Candidate Experience to Gain a Competitive Advantage

Speaker: Kevin W. Grossman, TAS, HCS | Talent Board and the Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards President

In this informative webinar, Kevin Grossman, President of Talent Board and the Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards, will share insights from their candidate experience benchmark research and teach you how the candidate experience is your competitive advantage.

How much is “the process” worth?

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It’s been a funny ol’ week. I’m actually off back to Blighty for a wee while on Saturday, and the final week before leave is often a bit disjointed. Simultaneously hoping to get some more work in whilst also trying to close everything off, all set to the backdrop of a country who would rather procrastinate over email than pick up the God-damn phone and get a deal closed.

Views on Interviews

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The day after the Seek awards is what we call in the blog world; a tap-in. Like when the fixtures are released at the beginning of the Premier League season and you search for when the derby is, Sean & I scramble to our Outlook calendar for who is rostered on the day after the SARAs.

Exodus or Influx? ????

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We’ve had a bit going on at Rice HQ over the past week. I went out for a run and almost died; took a funny turn while doing the half marathon and only ended up in ICU.

New Zealand Reopens: What it means for Recruiters

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Politics is a funny ol’ game. Just look at the UK.

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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.

The 15% Club

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I’m currently having my bathrooms renovated. Although very happy with the quality of workmanship thus far, it’s not a cheap job these days.

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Can you be an unvaccinated Recruiter?

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This week it finally happened. Actually, scratch that. It didn’t just happen once. It happened three times in one day. For the first time since this whole bat thing kicked off, we’ve been hit in the pocket due to vaccine mandates.

Running on Recruitment

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Happy New Year! I think you can still get away with that till Feb. Unlike taking the Christmas tree down which I now know has a set day; 12/13 days after Christmas. If any of your houses have a yuletide aesthetic post 7 th of Jan, I’ll go ahead and assume your life is in tatters.

What would you do with a $1 million anti-vaxxer?

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Here’s one for ya. I have it on good authority that there is a Wellington based recruitment agency GM with a bit of a dilemma. They are currently in possession of what all recruitment GMs covet; a “million dollar biller”.

Management Techniques for Offshore Employees

This whitepaper looks at the changes and challenges that stem from remote hiring and current HR trends that address them. Download this comprehensive guide to learn more!

Schools IN!

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The majority of recruitment consultants have been in the office for a week already, maybe two. Some have been sporadically popping in as a bit of respite from the homestead or to water the poor dehydrated plants.

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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.

On-Boarding From Afar

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What a week! Not only did we get an actual date when Auckland borders are opening but THIS GUY got nominated for a wee award! My fiancé is a recruiter too and it reminds me of that Lennon quip when asked about Ringo being the best drummer in the world, I’m not even the best recruiter in my house!

Lamentations of Lockdown

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People moan about Lockdown quite a bit. Those more moronic of the populous believe that being told to stay at home is tantamount to torture with lazy comparisons drawn to current and previous genocidal regimes.

Championing Different Abilities as Opportunities: Understanding Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Speaker: Janine Nicole Dennis, Chief Innovations Officer, Talent Think Innovations

In this session attendees will learn how how to hire and accommodate neurodiverse talent while also redesigning the system to work better for both current and new employees.

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.

Ode to an Office

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The office, not just a hilarious cross Atlantic tv show. For the record; UK one is better but the US one is way more watchable. No, the office I’m referring to is the spiritual, physical, and literal home of a business. In my misty mind’s eye, I remember our office a bit like Cheers.

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Kanohi Ki Te Kanohi

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These lockdown blogs man, they don’t get easier. Luckily there’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel with Level 3 lasting for (hopefully) 2 weeks. Personally, I don’t know why we couldn’t just be in Level 4 for the remainder of the week?

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.

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Why Offshoring is Better than Outsourcing

Offshoring and outsourcing are not interchangeable, as they differ in purpose depending on what drives the need behind the hiring decision. In this whitepaper, we clarify what offshoring and outsourcing are, along with the unique use cases they address.