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Rhyley Hunter

Control yourself

By Recruitment
Control yourself. 

Back from an incredible honeymoon in Italy and Greece, where every detail was planned by a travel agent. We completely let go, trusted that we were in good hands and embraced the adventure, fully present in our little bubble.

Back to Australia, and reality hit. Four kids under six, work calling and the demands of everyday life flooding back.

I felt out of control with no routine and having had a month off I found myself clutching at straws to regain some kind of control or significance in order to feel myself again.

Everything at Hunty HQ ran so smoothly whilst I was away. We have a phenomenal team and it sounds like madness which it was but I felt as though I was no longer needed (I know, every business owner’s dream, ha) my baby had grown up and didn’t want to cuddle dad any longer

So what did I do? I made every mistake in the book. Trying to regain control, I rushed back into things, seeking updates on everything and everyone, trying to sneak my way back into projects etc.

My communication was totally off, and I managed to rub people the wrong way.

It took weeks of reflection and one sleepless night to realise my misstep. Control wasn’t about being all over every aspect of my business, clients, or family—it was an inside job. I needed to regain control of myself.

I could feel myself spiralling but at least I had the awareness of what was going on.

Through developing healthy habits like getting my diet back on track, cutting back on the wine (we gave it a good nudge, one waiter told us that in Italy water is only good for rust), meditating, correcting my thoughts, getting back to the gym and being disciplined again, I found my balance.

As soon as I let go of trying to control everything except myself and instead took ownership , everything fell into place effortlessly without me doing a thing.

It’s funny how controlling just ourselves can in turn bring about a feeling of control and stability in every aspect of our lives.

I relaxed, slowly got back into the swing of things and calmly got my head and heart back in the game.

I wanted to be authentic here and give you a window into some of the ups and downs we all go through.

Im guessing that I’m not alone in this experience.

Control starts within. By controlling what we can, the only thing – ourselves, we can then relax and allow things to unfold the way they should.

A bit of sweat is good for the soul

By Recruitment

A bit of sweat is good for the soul.

A little story about what really gets me going.

I was in the Sauna a couple of weeks ago and sat down in my budgie smugglers.

Terrifying, I know.

The guy next to me says ” Hey are you Mr Huntsman?”

“Your business helped me get a job when I first moved to Australia from Iraq – thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.”

He kept tapping his heart with his hand whilst saying this.

“This job has changed my family’s life, I am very grateful, I love it here”.

At this stage in my career, I am somewhat removed from the day-to-day recruiting, however, hearing things like this just hit home to me the value of what we do and the impact we can have.

The tapping of the heart and the genuine emotion he showed made me super proud of our team and what we have accomplished.

It’s easy to take things for granted and this guy brought me back home again.

I was considering giving him a cuddle but thought this might have been a bit too much considering where we were.

Now, the question is. Is it ok for a grown man in his budgies to shed a tear in the Sauna?

Change your perception, change your life

By Recruitment, Work Life Balance
Change your perception, change your life. 

Sunday run rumination’s…

As a Recruiter, I might be shooting myself in the foot here, ha.

Part of our business model is based around people being unhappy in their role and wanting a change.

People who are unhappy, quickly make a change of roles.

They get super excited for a few months and then , bam, they loathe going to work and are back on the hunt again.

Sometimes the problem isn’t the business, it isn’t your manager, it isn’t the culture, it isn’t your role, it’s your perception and the way you are thinking.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it is all of the above but often people change roles too quickly without any introspection and take the same old issues across to a new role and company.

In life, people think that the the next thing is going to make them happy, content, joyful etc.

It’s simply not the case.

The new car soon becomes old, the new house soon seems too small, the new relationship soon becomes stale and the list goes on.

They are all distractions and will not make you happy.

Unless of course your mindset is aligned to these through gratitude and not for lack or for want or need.

What you’re really wanting is to be content within yourself, to feel excitement, to feel love, to feel joy.

These are all an inside job and nothing outside of you will provide a solution.

Before you look to up and leave your current role, ask yourself: how am I contributing to this situation? How can I change my thought patterns around this? How can I make the most of what’s in front of me and be grateful? What did I love when I first started?

I guarantee you it was your mindset when you first started. You were excited, full of potential and passion feeling pumped and then over time you let that feeling go.

The feeling is still there, all you need to do is uncover it again.

Change your mindset and your state and watch things fall into place again.

Start now.

Journal, meditate, run, swim, wake up earlier, jump in a sauna or ice bath, whatever floats your boat.

If you try and try again and it’s still not for you, then give me a call and let’s see what we can do for you.

Business is tough – Go easy!

By Recruitment
Business is tough – go easy!

I’ve been a d*%k once or twice in the past.

I know, hard to believe, hey

I used to have a “know-it-all” mentality and didn’t hesitate to outwardly criticise the decisions made by my bosses.

To all of them, I offer my sincere apologies.

Looking back, I realise how much of an idiot I was taking the mickey out of most of the decisions made, shaking my head thinking I could always do it better.

Owning a business comes with the burden of making tough decisions every day, and it’s impossible to please everyone.

The amount of time and thought that goes into each decision is huge, but employees often fail to recognise this.

They only see the final decision, like the tip of the iceberg, without understanding the underlying complexities and sleepless nights that business owners go through to make that call.

If I had the chance to do things differently, I would treat their position with more respect and empathy, putting myself in their shoes.

Running a business is an incredibly demanding journey, so let’s all try to be understanding and supportive of business owners.

If you can’t empathise, then refrain from complaining or dragging other staff into negativity.

From my experience speaking with hundreds of business owners and managers, I’ve learned that people with this negative mindset seek allies and can subtly draw others into their pessimism.

Be mindful of this.

50% of business in the Riverina CANNOT fill their positions locally…

By Recruitment

That’ll do me!

I came across a video today where someone in a high-ranking position stated that 50% of businesses in the Riverina CANNOT fill their positions locally.


What a complete fabrication.

Someone, please show me the stats and research around this, I’m happy to be proven wrong.

I’ve been recruiting in the Riverina for over ten years across a variety of industries and can count on one hand the number of positions we haven’t been able to successfully fill out of around 400 roles.

I’d love to speak with the 50% of businesses that are in this situation and show you how we CAN track people down for these positions.

Over and out…

Job advertising is storytelling

By Recruitment

Job advertising is storytelling.

Posting a position description online with an excessive list of duties whilst bragging about how good you are and how lucky this person will be to work with you isn’t going to cut it any longer…

Recruitment is marketing.

People don’t care if you have 30 employees, been in business for ten years and turn over 8 mil.

Give them success stories, tell them how people have progressed through your business, how they’ve grown professionally and personally, how they’re happy and healthy and how they have helped build the business.

Make it about them, not you.

Stop complaining about your staff being headhunted

By Recruitment

Stop complaining about your staff being headhunted.

Instead, ensure your culture is so good that they won’t leave.

Our Recruiters are constantly asked by clients if they would jump ship and work for them which I take as a compliment and it demonstrates that we are on the right track.

I don’t feel threatened by this at all and either should you.

If your culture is amazing and you have solid relationships with your team then you have nothing to fear.

And… Even if they do leave, let them! Take the lessons on board, congratulate them, wish them all the best and move forward.

If your staff are being poached, don’t look outwards, turn your attention inwards.

Healthy Whip, Healthy Workplace

By Recruitment

You’ve gotten rid of the ping pong table and blow up pool that have been sitting in your garage since summer, the floor has been swept and you’ve made room to bring that shiny bad boy home.

The first six months are absolute bliss, every morning you open the door and are hit with that intoxicating new car smell.

The weekly car wash turns into once a month, this is the beginning of the end and triggers an avalanche of issues and you become complacent and forget to service it.

Things start to unravel, the windscreen gets a crack, the air fresheners are hanging in record numbers from the rear-view mirror and still there is a stench in the air.

Yes, there could be a warranty issue, and this can happen from time to time. Not every car is perfect.   Don’t point the finger and blame the dealership or the dirty fuel you’ve been putting in the tank.

Get back on the right track and start treating that pride and joy with the love and respect that you did when you first bought it.

Keep the servicing up, fill it with the best fuel available, wash it on the regular, listen out for any signs that it may require further attention or maintenance.

Much like kicking off a new employee, you’ve bought a new chair, a flash new computer, tidied the office and made the space as welcoming as possible.

The first few months you’re constantly getting around them and ensuring that they have all the tools that they need, consistently catching up with them to make them feel welcomed and supported.

Then over time, you start to take things for granted, the catch up’s diminish and you assume that they know their role and that they’re happy. Assumptions are the mother of all f**k ups!

Sooner than later they blend into the environment and without you knowing start to feel unloved, they feed their mind with the wrong fuel and negativity creeps in and the cracks begin to appear.

Instead of taking ownership and acknowledging that you’ve dropped the ball, you blame other people in your business and bury your head in the sand.

However, all hope is not lost!

Make the changes that are required, take action straight away and don’t let this happen again. Step up and take full ownership, enough of pointing the finger.

Put systems in place and never become complacent, go back to basics. Don’t run a business where it’s all bells and whistles from the outset and this fades over time. That is a recipe that will send you to retention hell.

You already have awesome people, be grateful, never take them for granted and you won’t have any warranty issues.

Step up, be a true leader and watch your business soar.

Why Accountants are jumping ship

By Recruitment

We have seen a huge increase in accountants getting out of public practice and stepping into company or management accounting..

The main reasons are culture, salary, lack of training or the archaic structure of how the public practice system operates which in-turn impacts the culture.

What is the answer?

Does the public practice accounting industry need a complete shake up??

Ive witnessed the roll out of the fixed pricing model in the legal industry and for the firms that have taken this approach, their ability to attract and retain staff has gone through the roof.

The best thing about fixed price billing is the fact that the client knows upfront what the services will cost. I hear you say, but this is crazy, we wont even know how much time this will take.

It doesn’t come down to time but the value that you are delivering.

The impact this has on your staff would be huge. The pressure comes off a little and they can ensure they are doing the best thing for their client. It gives your culture that little bit of flexibility too, instead of counting minutes your staff can still interact with each other whilst getting the job done.

Although accounting is about numbers, it is primarily a people business so leadership is critical and a firm will never outperform its leadership team.

What we hear from people is there is a lack of mentoring on offer to them, they are promised a lot and then receive minimal training and are thrown in the deep-end and within the blink of an eye, three years have passed, they get stale and then look at opportunities with more variety.

I think firms should take a much more pro-active approach to training and mentoring which will increase their retention rates. You shouldn’t underestimate the impact the leadership teams behaviour has on their people.

Nearly every firm we have spoken with over the past few years are all having huge problems recruiting and retaining Accountants.

The biggest issue however, is salary.. How are CPA qualified accountants with 2-3 years experience still only earning $60,000 per year??

Company Accountants are earning a minimum of $80,000 straight off the bat with bonuses and annual pay rises. This is what you are competing with.

Im not saying i have all or any of the answers to this, it is simply an observation over the past five years from speaking with many accountants who have left that side of the industry.

Let me know your thoughts.

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