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    I have had some major highs in a career that is now deep into its 4th decade. I have also stumbled many times. Offices that have failed, business ventures that have floundered, poor decisions, a quick temper, bad hires, and a wide range of cataclysmic cock-ups, all of my own making. But at least I […]

10 everyday phrases that basically mean "Get F****d”

10 everyday phrases that basically mean “Get *****d”

We use them, and hear them, all the time. Politely worded little sentences that in fact contain a very clear message. And that message is often highly aggressive, or at best dismissive and derisory. Often, the words are themselves pedantically polite, but the tone, and the intent are most definitely the opposite. Here are 10 […]

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Career

My career. Multiple screw-ups, and ONE thing I got right.

I have had some major highs in a career that is now deep into its 4th decade. Lots of hard work, lots of luck, and plenty of great people, have helped me to some success, which has been fun and lucrative. And I am proud of many milestones along the way, possibly capped by the […]

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Most recruiters are losing money

Most recruiters are losing money

This blog is blunt. It’s about the commercial reality of making money in recruitment. If you run a business, and are making no money, this will probably explain why. Or if you are a recruiter, it could explain why you can hardly scrape by on your income, or why you will get fired. And the […]

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The secret to candidate acquisition, that no-one EVER told you!

The secret to candidate acquisition that no-one EVER told you!

For as long as I remember (and in recruitment, that is a very, very long time) getting good candidates has always been about getting their attention. Way back in the day, all newspapers were bulging with job-classified sections. Seriously, I remember the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age job sections were way thicker than the […]

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Somebody resigned? Don't be a fool. Stay cool.

Somebody resigned? Don’t be a fool. Stay cool.

A while ago I wrote what proved to be a popular blog about how to resign with grace. But what about the manager who gets a resignation? How should they behave? Sad to say, the commercial world is rife with mind-blowing tales of how badly bosses react when an employee resigns. In the recruitment industry […]

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The greatest recruitment movies of all time!

The greatest recruitment movies of all time!

When you consider what an emotional, competitive and crazy world recruitment is, and the characters it attracts, maybe it’s strange that there have not been more movies about the industry. I have seen all the “Wall Street-esq” movies and seriously, I have worked with and against crazier characters than most of theirs! Is Hollywood missing […]

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