What if candidates took references?

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. These Thought Leaders sometimes…
Sean Walters
April 30, 2021
Human Resources

The problem with References

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. Thankfully here at Rice HQ we've had a bumper week, so there's been plenty of "for the purposes of the privacy act..."…
Sean Walters
February 21, 2020

Salary Cap

No, the industry isn’t going all NBA with an imposed salary cap. I’m using the patois of my peers, the cultural casual vernacular where ‘cap’ effectively means bullshit. Those of Sean’s age feel free to thank me for keeping you relevant. It’s time to bring to light some of the…
Scott Burnett
August 1, 2019

Ref! Ref! Ref!

No, this isn’t going to be a blog that brings to light the officiating of a particular Champions League tie that allowed a once doomed team from the North West of England to prolong the inevitable. The ref I’m ‘referring’ to is reference. A crucial component of what we do…
Scott Burnett
March 7, 2019

Applying Your Recruitment Superpowers To Real Life

Every time I browse through Netflix nowadays there seems to be another film or TV series about seemingly normal people discovering they have hitherto undiscovered superpowers.  Things like The OA, Daredevil and Sense8, and doubtless countless more all tap into the boring drudgery of many people's modern lives and briefly light…
Jonathan Rice
February 9, 2017

Fake Referees Make Cynics of Recruiters

Back in 1889 Oscar Wilde philosophically mused that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life".  The notion that events in the real world are inspired by creative works, rather than the other way around, manifested itself rather topically within my own business this past week. Well that is if…
Jonathan Rice
September 15, 2016

It’s The Size That Counts

Well that's how it seems over here in the UK recruitment industry anyway. After three weeks immersed into the London recruitment scene and many recruiter conversations over coffees, teas, beers (and one dangerously purple beetroot juice), the sheer scale of the UK recruitment market seems to feature in every encounter.…
Jonathan Rice
September 8, 2016