7 Must-Read Books for Recruiters

booksimageWhether you are new to recruiting or have years under your belt, you will want to check out the following books packed with useful advice.

The Professional Recruiter’s Handbook: Delivering Excellence in Recruitment Practice – Jane Newell Brown and Ann Swain

The second edition of The Professional Recruiter’s Handbook addresses changes in the recruitment field and the rise of business models such as Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) and Managed Service Provider (MSP). By exploring techniques used by top recruiters in case studies and interviews, the authors offer readers an understanding of what creates excellence in recruiting. Topics include client acquisition, client strategy, and candidate management.

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman

The Gallup Organization’s Buckingham and Coffman discuss the results of their comprehensive study of great managers, from executive leadership to front-line supervisors. The authors investigate the importance of identifying talent over skills or experience when searching for and retaining the best employees. In addition, they examine how effective managers define outcomes and motivate people in the workplace.

Hiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting and Selecting People with Both Tremendous Skills and Superb Attitude – Mark Murphy

Using case studies from companies like Google, Southwest Airlines, and The Ritz-Carlton, Murphy looks at how hiring people with the right attitude is the secret to getting results. From the six words never to use at the end of behavioral interview questions to the five-part question that pushes candidates to reveal the truth about their latest work experience, Hiring for Attitude gives recruiters the tools needed to find talent for any organization.

The Talent Sourcing & Recruitment Handbook – Shally Steckerl

Steckerl, a recruiting pioneer, and accomplished author and speaker provides a comprehensive examination of the latest trends, tools, and practical applications necessary to source employees in the global marketplace. This reference guide contains numerous hands-on exercises applicable to seasoned recruiters as well as those new to the field.

Keyword Search for Recruiters: A collection of smart and simple techniques and strategies for busy recruiters — Moises Lopez

In Keyword Search for Recruiters, veteran recruiter Lopez examines the techniques and strategies for finding the right candidates for any project. Recruiters will learn how to use a step-by-step strategy to create the most effective queries based on keywords along with proven principles, techniques, and shortcuts to transform the search process. Lopez’ advice applies to all levels of recruiting.

How to Speak Tech: The Non-Techie’s Guide to Technology Basics in Business – Vinay Trivedi

Trivedi is a venture capitalist expert who offers a handy resource for beginners. Recruiters will find How to Speak Tech useful for understanding the intricacies of an industry that affects businesses of every kind. This simple, fast read is an easy way for non-techies to grasp front-end development, back-end development, and issues such as debugging, scalability, and internet security. 

The Consultative Recruiter: The Key to Faster Fills, More Candidates & Happier Hiring Managers – Katherine Moody

The Consultative Recruiter is filled with practical tips and advice for finding more qualified candidates quickly. By following the Quick Start Guide, recruiters can start putting the detailed guidelines and techniques to work right away. Moody adds bonus chapters and additional resources such as a one-page worksheet to help recruiters and hiring managers to work together and a launch document that shows how to write postings that get results.

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