In the face of the ubiquitous mass of information, books are an often overlooked and underestimated source of knowledge. Especially in such an intensive industry as HR, where new methods, solutions and best practices are created every month. Does this mean that we recruiters should only use online materials and expensive training? In our opinion – definitely not!
Autumn is always the perfect moment for me to review the library. Long, cold evenings, good tea and a book – this is my recipe for surviving cold days. Thanks to this, time flies faster, and I usually catch up on the backlog of books. When completing my library, I always try to choose books that, in addition to entertainment, will also give me a solid dose of knowledge.
The list of books I would like to recommend to you was hard to title. Are these books for recruiters? Yes, but not only. This is a collection that I recommend to all people involved in work in HR, but also to those who care about their development. You will find here books from psychological, through business, up to 100% recruiting. Enjoy (literally!)
1. How Google Works – Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg
The first book on the list is not strictly about recruiting – it focuses more on building the organizational culture. Since its inception in 1998, Google has grown to become one of the world’s most valuable and successful companies in technology. And yet, despite having hundreds of billions and over 15 years of history, the company still maintains a startup mindset. How? Focusing on the so-called “smart creations”. Intelligent creations are employees who have an interesting, ambitious personality and combine it with their technological know-how. How Google Works is a book that presents a “recipe for success” in the context of building an organization. It is written in a very user-friendly manner and can be found in several languages.
2. Freakonomics – Steven Levitt, Stephen Duberner
Freakonomics is probably the most interesting economics study I have come across. Although the book does not refer to recruitment, it is so engaging and interesting reading that I definitely recommend it for fall evenings. I’ve already read it twice and I always like to come back to it. The book takes an innovative approach to economics and is written in the form of a case study presenting the most interesting research in this field. The authors describe various social phenomena explaining them with the mechanisms of economics and statistics. What is related to the decline in crime in the USA and the legalization of abortion? How do teachers maneuver student performance to get bonuses? Some studies seem to be quite abstract, but absolutely all of them are fascinating.
3. Candidate experience. Still a candidate or already a client? – Maja Gojtowska
A book by Maja Gojtowska, who has been dealing with HR and employer branding for several years. It touches on an extremely important aspect that many organizations, unfortunately, forget about – how important the candidate’s experience is in recruitment. How feedback and the entire evaluation of the process can affect the perception of our brand in the long term. The author shows examples of Mc’Donalds, Grupa Pracuj or Grupa Danone Polska, which decided to make the experience of the candidates their market advantage. In my opinion, it is a must for all people who associate their future with recruitment. An additional advantage is that the book focuses on Polish realities, which makes it easier to implement the methods presented in it.
4. How to win friends and win over people? – Dale Carnegie
I would classify the next book on the list as a bit of a psychological one about self-development. It was published quite a long time ago, in 1937, but it has not lost any of its relevance at all. In it, the author explains how relationships between people are created, which makes some people feel more sympathetic than others, and how to positively influence the surrounding people. I believe that, especially in the recruiter profession, the ability to build positive relationships with people are the key to success. In the book you will find a lot of specific examples and tips that can be quickly put into practice.
5. Recruiting 101: The Fundamentals of Being a Great Recruiter – Steven Mostyn
Steven Mostyn, a top-selling author, has over 18 years of experience recruiting and sourcing for companies such as IBM, Oracle and Walmart. Recruiting 101 introduces the 15 key skills the author believes any recruiter who wants to be truly successful should possess. Mostyn very accurately shows the essence and aspects of being a recruiter. She especially emphasizes that recruitment is a business that focuses on people. And those can sometimes behave unpredictably. That is why, as recruiters, we must be prepared for complicated situations when candidates behave irrationally, reject offers or do not come to meetings.
6. Social Media Recruitment: How to Successfully Integrate Social Media into Recruitment Strategy – Andy Headworth
A mandatory position for all recruiters who use Social Media in recruiting. And even more a must for those who have never done it before. Andy Headworth has extensive experience in the HR industry and is an expert in integrating social media into recruitment processes. The author himself is considered an influential recruiter and his Twitter account is followed by over 24,000 people. In his book, he shows the potential of using Social Media in recruitment. Not only in terms of candidate sourcing, but also the implementation of Social Media in the entire recruitment process and employer branding.
7. Leaders eat last – Simon Sinek
A great item for anyone interested in leadership issues. In his book, the author draws attention to the importance of caring for people in managing a team. Nowadays, performance mindset is often disruptive to leaders. The book “Leaders eat last” teaches how to balance achieving good results with effective motivating employees and caring for their development. In my opinion, this position is ‘must have’ of every person who manages people (or plans such a development path). The main message of “Leaders eat last” is simple – those of us who are leaders don’t always understand the impact our leadership roles have on other people. Simon Sinek is an incredibly inspiring person and if you don’t have time to read his book, watch his speeches on TEDTalks.
8. Thinking fast and slow / Thinking traps. On thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman
The last, but definitely not the least valuable, book I want to recommend you is Daniel Kahneman’s bestseller. The author of the book is a psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. His book, published in 2011, “The Traps of Thinking. About thinking fast and slow ” concerns two coexisting systems in our brain responsible for making decisions. Both of these systems are constantly fighting each other, and this makes us more prone to errors. The book shows when we can trust our gut and when to exercise caution to make better decisions.
Finding time to read books is probably a challenge for most of us. However, I encourage you to discover new titles at least once in a while – there are hundreds of interesting items waiting for us on the Internet, which are hard to replace with blog articles or podcasts. If I can give you one piece of advice – do not limit yourself to only recruitment books! From time to time, it is worth reaching for something completely different subject and looking for inspiration there. And if you speak English well, definitely reach for foreign titles as well. I guarantee that the list of books about recruitment that you will want to reach will increase significantly.