7 HR & TA Books Every Recruiter Should Have

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Attending business conferences is one of the best ways to grow professionally, regardless of your field of work. Consider the case of Hiring success. It brings together recruiters and talent acquisition professionals from across the globe, allowing them to connect with old and new friends and, most importantly—to learn and share knowledge.

Following this year’s conference, where we were inspired by the abundance of thought-provoking presentations and roundtable conversations, we decided to ask a few presenters and TA leaders present: “What have you been reading?”

There is no finer method of information sharing than a well-recommended book. If you’re looking for some inspiration, we’ve put up a selection of titles.

1) Hiring Success: How Visionary CEOs Compete for the Best Talent

In today’s business world, a company’s success is determined by its employees. It’s no surprise that CEOs consider hiring top talent at the top of their priority list, but research shows that a majority of CEOs don’t feel they are recruiting the best and the brightest. The wisdom he’s gathered throughout his 30-year career as the CEO and Founder of a recruitment company and a successful TA leader is compacted into his book, Hiring Success: How Visionary CEOs Compete for the Best Talent. With this book, readers will identify the best candidates, select them, and then bring them on board.

2) Time and How to Spend It: The 7 Rules for Richer, Happier Days

To get the most out of your time, follow these seven rules: James Wallman is interested in how we use our free time and how it relates to our overall well-being. Wallman doesn’t rely on his personal beliefs to back up his findings; instead, he relies on the most recent scientific research to provide readers with meaningful advice on preventing and moving to more heightened experiences. Wallman uses interactive checklists and reflective tasks to help readers have a metamorphic reading experience in his book.

3) ADKAR: A Model for Change in Business, Government and our Community

President of Prosci Research and creator of the Change Management Learning Center, Jeff Hiatt, is an expert in organizational change. To further understand the idea behind change management, see his 2006 book ADKAR – A model for change in business, government, and our community (based on research with over 1100 businesses from 59 countries) how this idea may be applied to people’s personal and professional life, specifically.

4) Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World

Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall’s book, Nine Lies About Work, aim at many common assumptions and fallacies in the workplace today. The book focuses on the nine main lies you’re told every time you show up to work.

It also advocates for less top-down planning and more real-time information to better align employees with a sense of purpose and meaning in the workplace. To assist the reader in improving their profession, Nine Lies About Work reveals how important they are to the people who need them most.

5) What You Do Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture

Ben Horrowitz, a New York Times bestselling author, provides readers with a plan for building a positive work environment in this 2019 ebook. Toussaint Louverture, the Samurai of Japan, Genghis Khan, and Shaka Senghor, a convicted killer who commanded one of the most notorious prison gangs in history, are the four historical models of leadership and culture creation at the heart of his technique.

Lessons from these past leaders may be gleaned from present public figures like Hillary Clinton and Reed Hastings, Reed Hastings, Travis Kalanick and many more. Horowitz can concentrate on timeless topics relevant to any organization by exploring how people have established cultures and communities throughout history.

6) The Start-Up J Curve: The Six Steps to Entrepreneurial Success Kindle Edition

Businesses, like history, have a way of repeating themselves. As outlined in Howard Love’s book, The Start-Up J Curve, a company’s growth may be broken down into six distinct phases. There are several recommended practices and warnings for each of these phases, which he discusses in detail for the reader. An invaluable resource for entrepreneurs and investors who are embarking on a journey to start and grow a successful firm.

7) Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)

Exponential Organizations address a subject on the minds of all business leaders. How can a company expand at an exponential rate? Today’s organizations appear to have skipped over all of the typical growth patterns that we’ve come to expect from high-quality corporations. Today’s market leaders are doing things differently, and the book Exponential Organizations shows the reader how they are using technology to make things run more smoothly and expand faster.