Recruitment’s Salary Survey Conspiracy

Why is that we recruiters do so much work for free?  Or should I say, how is it that we are always expected to do so much for nothing?  Is it because of the seemingly large fees we charge when a placement does eventually come off? It's kind of funny…
Jonathan Rice
October 31, 2013

Recruitment, the Game of Connections

Being a keen sports fan (and clumsily participating in some too), it has always struck me throughout my sales and recruitment career how parallel the two worlds of sport and sales/recruitment are.  The goal-setting, the competition, the teamwork, the emotion, the motivation, the management and the ups and downs of…
Jonathan Rice
October 24, 2013

The Recruitment Rumour Mill

We all know that recruitment is a lot trickier and fraught with pitfalls than originally appears on the surface.  It's why you will spend many days over the coming summer hearing stories around various BBQ's that anyone can do recruitment and why is it we charge so much for our…
Jonathan Rice
October 17, 2013

Madison Swept Off Her Feet By Downtown Man

To the strains of Billy Joel's Uptown Girl, the big news from the New Zealand recruitment industry this week was of course Allied Workforce's acquisition of Madison.  This is positive activity within our sector that has kind of bumbled and stuttered along for the last four years and should be…
Jonathan Rice
October 3, 2013

Spitting the Recruitment Dummy

Since entering the recruitment industry over eight years ago I've heard more than the fair share of phrases like "spitting the dummy", "throwing toys from the pram" and "playing in a different sandpit". And no, this isn't in relation to childlike behaviour from clients and candidates, but rather they're metaphors…
Jonathan Rice
September 26, 2013
EmploymentHuman ResourcesRecruitment

The Recruiter Two Year Itch

For some reason or other the (lack of) tenure of recruitment consultants staying with one firm keeps cropping up in conversation recently.  I blogged about job hopping recruiters back in June.  The post was conspicuous by the absence of comments, almost as if this has just become an undeniable fact…
Jonathan Rice
September 12, 2013
Human ResourcesRecruitment

Return To The Dark Side

This week's Whiteboard scribbles are brought to you from the feverish pen of Sean Walters...   Something strange is happening. Regular Whiteboard readers may remember my blog bemoaning the number of burnt-out agency recruiters migrating to the perceived warmer climates of internal recruitment. Well it seems that the tide is…
Jonathan Rice
August 29, 2013

You Need Chutzpah to be a Recruiter

Everyone out there knows that the best IT Recruiters have a technical background in coding or programming, right?  Or the best Healthcare recruiters used to be nurses, the best Accounting recruiters come out of the Big 4, and the best Business Support recruiters can type 85 words per minute whilst…
Jonathan Rice
August 22, 2013
Job BoardsRecruitment

Vote for Pedro Recruitment

So the annual SEEK awards must be getting close again.  So far I have been implored by eleven different recruitment companies to bestow my individual vote upon them, via email, LinkedIn and Twitter.  The vote, for those of you unaware, is to designate that particular firm as my "favourite recruitment…
Jonathan Rice
August 15, 2013