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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.

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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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.

The 7 Ways to Source and Attract Diverse Technology Talent

Just talking about diversity and inclusion won’t move the needle. Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are at the forefront for organizations looking to recruit and retain top talent, but nowhere does this remain more of a challenge and opportunity than in the tech sector. In this guide, we provide seven strategies organizations can use to source and attract diverse tech talent.

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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Sanctimony: Alive and well in a “comments” section near you

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Last Friday, Pete Stewart , the MD of Auckland-based engineering recruitment firm “ Lynx Recruitment ” posted the below in reference to the green “#OpenToWork” frame on LinkedIn: “Hate to say this but if you are looking for work nothing will hinder your opportunities more than having this on your profile. recruitment #lessismore #perceptions” However, this isn’t going to be a blog about the “#OpenToWork” frame.

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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!

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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CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

“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.

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.

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

Recruitment on my mind

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Like the great state of Georgia or Snoop’s musings on money, recruitment is perpetually on my mind. In between Sean’s fast approaching nuptials, Greenhithe’s latest outbreak, and Liverpool’s floodlight robbery we’ve been talking all things recruitment this week here at Rice HQ.

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.

2021 Recruitment Strategies: Work Smarter Not Harder

Hours spent sourcing. Constantly checking different recruiting channels. Sifting through a sea of resumes. There’s no denying that the current hiring landscape is fragmented, complex, and full of frustrations. As you plan for 2021, take a moment to reflect on your current strategies and evaluate how you can work smarter, not harder in the new year. Download our guide where we break down different stages of the recruitment journey—and share several potential paths to hiring success.

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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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.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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!

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.

Adapting, Evolving and Staying Competitive in a Disrupted Economy

COVID-19 continues to shape the way we live and work. Organizational success depends on workforce wellbeing, and employee needs are varied and constantly changing. It’s clear that a more flexible and strategic approach to total compensation is required to create a better path forward. The 2021 Q1 Gallagher Better WorksSM Insights Report: The Path Forward explores and how employers can balance workforce expectations against organizational goals. Discover how you can review and implement new technologies, develop updated and forward-looking strategies, and evolve your employee value proposition to create a more engaged and resilient workforce.


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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??

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?”

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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How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Are you struggling with virtual onboarding? Whether you are making the switch to remote work or biding your time until you can get back to the office–you need a solution that works. Check out our webinar on Thursday, March 4th at 2 PM E.T. for more information.

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.

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%

How to Build the Ideal HR Team (with Limited Time, Budget and Resources)

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when you have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!