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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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Recruitments Next Top Model

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After last week’s expose into the superficial side of recruitment , I wouldn’t dare back it up with another venture into vacuousphere. Probably put a blog or two between that to avoid any looming #cancelrice campaigns.

The Source of The Sourcerer? ??

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We all like a magic trick, don’t we? From gotcha nose to the ol thumb dethatching gag it’s a delightful suspension of reality. However, I like the new school of magicians. Dynamo, the Bradford whiz kid who combined mystery and celebrity.

2021 Recruitment Strategies: Work Smarter Not Harder

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Has LinkedIn Just Released Their Greatest Ever Feature for Recruiters?

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Hello again, ’tis I. This week is Sean ‘s turn on The Whiteboard but given he got married on Tuesday in a very on-brand , esoteric and contrarian ceremony, I am filling in while he and his new wife contribute handsomely to New Zealand’s domestic tourism output.

Sick Note! ??

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“You crawl in sick; you don’t call in sick”. That was once said to me without a hint of jest by a grizzled and probably overworked manager. Luckily, I can fall back on an exemplar record of health when it comes to my employment history. I can’t even remember my last (legit) sick day?

A Recruiter’s Campaign to Ban School Holidays

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It’s a been a while since I’ve been on one of my poorly-researched rants. So buckle-up folks! Let me start this week’s blog with a disclosure. I don’t actually have any children. (*I I believe this true at the time of writing.) I do however co-own a business.

Thinking about starting your own recruitment agency? ??

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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!

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.

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The Opportunity Party!

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Don’t worry, there’s enough political dialogue going on at the moment without someone who isn’t married to a Samoan or related to a dairy farmer to weigh in on. The title of this blog actually refers to the recruitment industry. This week I was accused of being “opportunistic” as if that was a bad thing??

“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.

Don’t Shoot the Advertiser

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Posting ads are the backbone of our industry. If you’ve ever had to explain what you do for a living to an elderly relative or a member of the Amish community, chances are you’ve said “and then we post an advert” Now, those too dumb to understand the importance of our industry will ask “why don’t companies just advertise the roles themselves?”

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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??

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.