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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.

LinkedInappropriate

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Designing Equitable Performance: How to Create Fair, Inclusive Assessments

Speaker: Aubrey Blanche & Sahra Kaboli-Nejad

We are all susceptible to bias and strive to mitigate it through reading, taking classes, and participating in trainings - yet, it seems like these aren’t driving the change we need. Women tend to receive vague, personality-based feedback, where men tend to receive performance related feedback. Work completed by Black men is more likely to be rated as lower quality than White men. And Black women face these overlapping biases in even more extreme ways. So what can we do to address the inequities in the system? Look at the system itself - are we designing an equitable performance system that benefits everyone? Join Culture Amp’s Global Head of Equitable Design and Impact, Aubrey Blanche, along with Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Lead Sahra Kaboli-Nejad, to discuss how we can re-evaluate our performance management systems. We will discuss the benefits of designing a system at every level (individual, manager, and organization) to help mitigate bias and ultimately create a system that finally succeeds at what it is supposed to do - improve performance.

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.

The Great Leap Forward. Or Backward.

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You have to admit; it really is an incredible time to be alive. My Grandad flew RAF bombers during the Second World War. And apart from firebombing the innocent women and children of Dresden, it was the most vivid and defining time of his life.

A Seemingly Unpopular Opinion on a Global Pandemic

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I want to blog about self-isolation. Actually, tell a lie. I’d rather talk about almost anything else. Unfortunately, like Basil Fawlty not mentioning the war to the Germans, it’s very difficult to write a blog this week that isn’t about Covid-19.

Truly Terrible Recruitment Agency Ideas

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Many years ago, I had the idea of creating a meat-flavoured fizzy beverage in a can. Y’know, for those moments when you want the refreshment and sugar rush of a cola, but also the comfort of some good old fashioned home cooking. Sadly, interest in “Lambonade” was weak to say the least.

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Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

The Rise of Boomerang Recruiters

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What do Steve Jobs , LeBron James and Mikel Arteta have in common?

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.

The problem with References

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I love the sound of references being taken. Like the first sight of a rain cloud to a Waikato dairy farmer, it heralds an imminent change of circumstances.

It Could Be Too Hot!

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Often blog topics come from mundane chats or more specifically gripes about the industry, other times they are ‘tap ins’ the day after the Seek Awards for example or new year’s resolutions.

Even During COVID-19, I-9s Have to Be Done Right, on Time, and in Person

Help make sure you can get your remote hires onboarded quickly, even when you don’t have a physical office location or trained HR in the area. Download this free e-book, and you’ll be on your way to simpler Form I-9 and Section 2 completion.

2020 Vision

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You all saw it! I was the first person to coin the phrase 2020 vision! A line that will no doubt be utilized in many a marketing campaign to the point of exhaustion throughout the year, just you remember blog faithful, I was the originator!

Video Killed the Recruitment Star

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After wracking my brain trying to theme this week’s blog around the events unfolding at Sky City, the world’s first Convention Centre with a thatch roof!?

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Time For Something Different In Recruitment

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Next week sees the realisation of two different projects we have been working on within our business for quite some time now, and it’s fair to say I’m a bundle of nervous excitement and energy about it all.

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Don’t Look Back in Anger

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The whiteboard has kept true to its pledge of providing consistent quality content for the last 9 years, an uninterrupted run that draws comparisons to dynasties like M.A.S.H or The Simpsons.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Don’t Look Back in Anger

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The whiteboard has kept true to its pledge of providing consistent quality content for the last 9 years, an uninterrupted run that draws comparisons to dynasties like M.A.S.H or The Simpsons.

Look At Me, I’m A Recruiter

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We live in a vainglorious world. Technology has brought us the phenomenon of selfies and social media provided the platform for us to share our pouting selves with all and sundry.

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The Existential Angst Of Recruitment

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Hello again. It’s been a while. What have you been up to? Oh, this and that. You know. Well maybe not, but I’ll explain later.

Surprise, Surprise! Uber Launches a Job App

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Well it had to happen eventually. Yesterday (or today depending on where in the world you are), Uber announced the launch of their “Uber Works” platform, with an initial trial being rolled out across Chicago.

COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace in a New Reality

COVID-19 has created a new set of risks that require a new way of working. Download Gallagher’s latest COVID-19 report for insights into encouraging resiliency in your people, building confidence in your organization, and preparing for the future of work.

2018: Year of the #BossBitch

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‘Girl Power’ was never not a thing for me.

The Mental Impact of Recruitment

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You’re Not A Recruitment Agency? Really? Really??

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If it looks like a rat, smells like a rat, and sounds like a rat, then it probably is a rat. Or so they say. Just who they are is open to debate.

My Name is Not Natalie

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I was born on the 24th of March 1988, christened Natasha Maria Foster and for the next 25 years largely called by that name, or some close variation of. Then I started working in recruitment and suddenly, inexplicably, my name became Natalie.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Recruiters – Just Hang On In There

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There’s a fantastic scene in Forrest Gump. In it, after promising an army buddy on his death bed that he’d set up a shrimping business, Forrest fritters away his savings on a boat. Due to over-fishing from the competition, day after day, all they catch is the occasional gumboot. Then one day a hurricane hits. Riding out the storm, in one of the best scenes of the movie, they return to port to see the shrimping fleet decimated.

All Good Things…

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Blog topics are sometimes hard to come by, nine times out of ten they’re usually a cathartic exercise used to expel some of the recruitment demons we’ve experienced in the week.

The Last Post

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Der derrrrr…der derrrrr…der der da da da da da da da daaaaaaaaa. Yes it’s the last post. The Last Post. The last Whiteboard blog post of 2017 and also the last time you’ll be hearing from me on a regular weekly basis on this here blog ging forum.

Just How “Authentic” Are We?

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“Does a struggling salesman start turning up on a bicycle? No, he turns up in a newer car – perception, yeah?” ” (David Brent, 2001).

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C-Suite Succession Planning—This is as Important as it Gets!

Speaker: Jim Bitterle and Jen Giannosa

Succession planning is always important for organizations. However, planning for C-Suite transitions is critical. In smaller, privately-held organizations, transitions to second generation leaders have a whopping 60% failure rate. Transitions to third generation leaders fail nearly 90% of the time. In larger organizations, C-Suite transitions typically lead to sustained performance, or performance decline. Organizations that have ongoing success are methodical about selecting and preparing C-level successors.