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8 Books Every Recruitment Leader Should Read

8 Books Every Recruitment Leader Should Read

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8 Books Every Recruitment Leader Should Read

As a recruitment leaders it’s important to consistently keep learning, adapting and growing yourself so you’re the best version of yourself to see your business succeed in the future, and books are one of the best ways to better your professional skills.

Talk like TED – Carmine Gallo

3.91 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? Based on the analysis of hundreds of hours of TED talks, Carmine Gallo explores what you need to do to sell your ideas persuasively. Designed to help conquer a fear of public speaking/presenting, Gallo uses TED talks as an example of how to present your ideas to a team of people. Gallo gives a step by step method to make it possible for anyone to deliver a presentation that is engaging. Whilst the book is not endorsed by TED, it’s a bestseller because of its practical advice to help you overcome a fear of presenting.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

4.07 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, becoming a classic self-help book for both professional and personal problems. Centered around the 7 Habit Philosophy, Covey teaches the reader to master their own independence as well as the interdependence on a team. Listed as one of the most influential business books of all time, Covey’s book is a great place to start for both business leaders and new recruiters just starting in the industry.

The 4 Hour Work week – Timothy Ferriss

3.86 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? Timothy Ferriss explains how to be the new type of rich where there is no need to wait until you’re old. This book is the blueprint for anyone looking to change their work life balance for the better and applies to both new workers and business leaders. If you want to learn how to reduce your stressful and large amount of work hours, but still keep or improve your money, then this book is for you!

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

4.16 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? Although it was released in 1936, this book has been massively successful because of its message, selling over 15 million copies. Carnegie’s book is filled with advice for how you can move up the ladder of success in both your personal and professional life. Carnegie has 6 ways to make people like you, 12 ways to win people and 9 ways to change people without creating resentment. The skills in this book are valuable lessons for anyone who deals with a lot of people on a regular basis. Whilst it’s always ending up on lists such as this, it still has a good message and is worth a read.

Good to Great – Jim Collins

4.06 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? This book is more suited for managers and business leaders or those aspiring to be one soon. Jim Collins focuses on the businesses which have successfully managed to become great. Based on five years of research before writing Good to Great, Collins finds ten companies which support his suggestions. In this book he uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organization to make the leap from Good to Great.

Who: The A Method for Hiring – Geoff Smart

3.95 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? This is a great book for both recruiters and recruitment business leaders which aims to tackle the problem of bad hiring. Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical, and effective solution which you can use in your business. Although it’s based on American companies, its message is applicable to you and your business as it attempts to solve the reason why only 50% of managers make a successful hiring choice. Based on more than 1,300 hours of interviews with 20 billionaires and 300 CEOs, ‘Who’ presents the method you can use to conquer this startling problem and improve your success rate.

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

4.05 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? Although it’s more focused on the process of starting up a new company, The Lean Startup is useful if you’re looking for a new approach to starting a business, or you’ve recently created one. Looking at why most startups fail, but also how companies are built, and new products are launched, Eric Ries shows you how to create a ‘lean’ company that is able to move and adapt quickly. This is a good read if you’re an aspiring business leader looking for advice on how to manage a company in a difficult and fast-paced environment.

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead – Lazslo Bock

4.17 out of 5 on Goodreads What’s it about? Why do 2 million people apply for a job at Google every year? Written by the former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, Lazslo Bock gives a unique insight into the highly successful company and how you can benefit from how it operates. This book is useful is you’re a business leader or an employee as it has lessons on how to build a company that is a great place to work as well as reawakening the joy of working where you do. This is particularly useful for anyone in recruitment as it has lots of lessons both your company and the companies you work with can benefit from, and why so many people desperately want to work for Google.

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