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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.


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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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!

LinkedIn is all about “Personal Branding”…Apparently

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I have no desire to create and promote a “personal brand” on LinkedIn. I know, I know. For someone who writes a twice-monthly recruitment blog, this may sound like b t, but please, hear me out. I am not suggesting that I don’t have a personal brand. When you’re a recruiter who uses LinkedIn for 9 hours a day, and you’re inflicted with a chronic rage against modern life as I am, it’s impossible not to have a distinct personal brand.

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.

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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One Hundred & Five

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Or as you would say in Roman Numerals; CV. Unless you’re trying to figure out what Super Bowl it is or the order of Rocky films, Roman Numerals are fairly redundant. Like Roman Numerals, a CV is a little outdated. I think that LinkedIn very much killed the CV star. It cuts through the pish and tells us what we want to know; who they worked for and how long they worked for them. Nice and simple. Especially for me!

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Explore a Roadmap to Pay Equity for Organizations Like Yours

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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.

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.

How’s that SEEK boycott working out for ya?

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My Dad was a Trade Unionist. As a lifelong “working man”, some of my earliest memories were of him on a cold winters morning, wrapping up warm and heading to “work” with vats of my mum’s homemade chilli con carne. Except he wasn’t actually working on these days. He was standing for the entire day on a cold slab of concrete outside of his work on a picket line.

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!

How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: Workbright

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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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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.

Build Diverse Tech Teams: Strategies for Hiring & Reskilling Your Workforce

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Recruitment’s Unsettling Truth

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Happy New Year readers. Although some would argue I’m 3 months late, if you’re anything like me, there’s only one “new year” which I celebrate and/or commiserate. Last Thursday, we marked the end of the financial year with the first Rice PowWow in what seems like an eternity. 80+ semi-pissed recruiters in one room listening to Jason Walker talk about recruitment isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but sadly, it really rocks my boat.

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.

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.

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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.


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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.

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.

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