The Whiteboard

Can you be an unvaccinated Recruiter?

The Whiteboard

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.

What your fave Christmas movie says about you, as a recruiter

The Whiteboard

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.


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Running on Recruitment

The Whiteboard

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.

They Did What!? Part 2. (AKA How not to exit staff)

The Whiteboard

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.

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.

“How to Recruit” in 10 simple phrases

The Whiteboard

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.

How To 159

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

The Whiteboard

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”.

Schools IN!

The Whiteboard

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.

Jazz 130

On-Boarding From Afar

The Whiteboard

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

The Whiteboard

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.

The Guide to Finding Global Talent

Remote work has opened the doors to hiring the best talent anywhere. Discover how building a talent hub in a specific geographic region can help grow your company. Learn key factors to consider when creating a hub and suggested locations.

Ode to an Office

The Whiteboard

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.

Hotels 130

When it’s time to call it quits

The Whiteboard

I’ll admit it. I’m in need of the Christmas break. Typically, give me a few hours’ sleep, a sneaky pint at lunchtime, and I pride myself on staying pretty fresh. This year, more than others it would seem, has taken its toll. Maybe I’m just getting old. Or maybe the constant hokey cokey of lockdown has depleted my energy reserves. I don’t believe either is true however.

Energy 100

Kanohi Ki Te Kanohi

The Whiteboard

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

The Whiteboard

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.

Hiring 130

How the Candidate Experience Is Your Competitive Advantage

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

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

What Recruitment Firms Could Learn from the Paralympics

The Whiteboard

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.

Knowing Your Limits

The Whiteboard

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.

The Only Advice I Can Offer

The Whiteboard

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.

The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down

The Whiteboard

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.

Film 130

Your Guide to Using Conversational Marketing to Drive Demand Generation

What is conversational marketing really about? This guide will examine the market forces at play, shifting buyer trends, how to leverage conversation marketing, and the tactics involved in adopting it for a B2B demand generation strategy.

Stop F*cking Lying

The Whiteboard

LinkedIn isn’t what it once was. As a man approaching his 40th birthday, I’m allowed to write stuff like that. It used to be a place where you could see where people were working, drop ’em a message, read the occasional interesting article, and share a hastily-written job ad.

Jazz 130

Work Tripping

The Whiteboard

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?

The Whiteboard

“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.

A Decade of Recruiting Recruiters – Rice Consulting Turns 10

The Whiteboard

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.

How to Create an Employer Brand That Attracts the Best Global Talent

Your employer brand not only affects your reputation and performance but your ability to attract and retain global talent. In this article, learn effective employer branding strategies, ways to communicate your employer brand, and more.

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

The Whiteboard

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 ?

The Whiteboard

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.

Counter Culture

The Whiteboard

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!

2021 SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards Finalists: Here’s my picks.

The Whiteboard

And just like that, 2021 is over. Well, not technically, but with the kids going back to School part time for a couple of days before breaking up for Christmas, the year is as good as done. That, coupled with some lovely weather up here in Auckland, has us closer to Slip-Slop-Slap than (A)lways-(B)e-(C)losing. Yesterday’s announcement from SEEK of the finalists for the SARAs also heralds the end of a very, very bizarre year.

The 2022 Guide on Becoming An Inclusive HR Practitioner

Speaker: Dr. Akilah Cadet, Founder and CEO of Change Cadet

This fire-side chat was designed by Dr. Akilah Cadet, Founder and CEO of Change Cadet, to educate and empower HR practitioners and recruiters at every level, to become accomplices and hold other colleagues accountable. She will cover tips to work through difficult conversations, steps to apologize, and how to act in the workplace.

Shop Around

The Whiteboard

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

The Whiteboard

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.

Film 130

Imagine if…

The Whiteboard

Sean tells me there’s a big announcement today? Every team has one ay! The one who’s totally obsessed with the update. Being as cool as the other side of the pillow, I just wait for him to update the slack channel for my news. I hope it’s as exciting as the last update when we were told there was no update. Lockdown is getting a bit tedious, especially on a grey and blustery day like today.

What if candidates took references?

The Whiteboard

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.

10 Things You Need to Know About Payroll-Only Registration

Before you go forward with payroll-only registration as a solution for hiring in another country, you should know it’s more complex than just filing some paperwork. In this ebook, you’ll learn about many of the challenges companies run into.

“The Great Resignation” And The Race To The Top

The Whiteboard

A few stats to kick off today’s musings: People thinking about quitting their job for something better. Survey of 1000 NZ workers across public and private organisations. High Turnover Thoughts (i.e. those wanting “out”): May 2020: 35%. Dec 2020: 40%. April 2021: 46%. Source: AUT Wellbeing@Work / NZ Herald. According to Dr Jarrod Haar, an HR Management Professor at AUT, we are currently looking at a workforce as dissatisfied as many of my ex-girlfriends.

Study 100

Recruitment Recruitment Recruitment ??

The Whiteboard

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 ??

The Whiteboard

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.

Newton 130

SEEK up their rates. Stop moaning about it

The Whiteboard

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 ”.

LinkedIn + ZoomInfo Recruiter: Better Data for Better Candidates

Check out our latest ebook for a guide to the in-depth, wide-ranging candidate and company data offered by ZoomInfo Recruiter — and make your next round of candidate searches faster, more efficient, and ultimately more successful.