The Recruitment Reading List: March 2020

The Recruitment Reading List is what we recommend you read to gain an advantage in your market. And if you’re fortunate enough to work for an employer who understands the importance of working from home, you’ll have a few extra minutes saved from a lengthy commute to get your nose stuck into a good book.

Doing so’s great for chilling out, but pick the right book and you’ll level up your understanding of your market in a way that’ll make introductions and icebreakers that much easier, as well as endow you with more in depth insights to share with your candidates and clients.

And this month, we’ve got some really fresh options for you. In fact, some of these books only came out yesterday.

Artificial Intelligence: The Insights You Need

Harvard Business Review

HBR’s a magazine that’s been providing advice to business leaders for the last 98 years. And this is a lot of their data, what we can glean from it, and what we should do with it, when it comes to AI.

If you work a desk that touches on that kind of tech, this book will be useful in covering off the latest innovations and thinking in a constantly changing space.

It’ll also give you a business level overview of what your clients need to do to keep up with automation in 2020. As well as quite a broad overview of the kind of things your candidates will be working on day to day.

Get it here.

And if you’re seeking out roles in the tech sector yourself, click here.

A-List Angels

Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Zack’s a Senior Editor at Forbes covering entertainment, mainly. And this, his fourth and most recent book, is as the subtitle implies the story of “how a band of actors, artists, and athletes hacked Silicon Valley”.

I say recent, it only came out yesterday. Containing interviews with people like Shaquille O’Neal – so, that level of wealth and status – it’s an attempt to explain the link between two different worlds: Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

Whether you recruit into US markets or not, it’s an eye opening look at how wealth moves in the modern world. And the kind of moves celebrity investors make today.

Get it here.

Any A-list top billers in the finance space, feel free to account for yourselves here.

Design Justice

Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha’s the Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. And this book makes the case that, in the design world, marginalised communities are key to dismantling structural inequality.

A vital mission. And one talent industries are increasingly focusing on. But when the goal is collective liberation and ecological sustainability, it should be on everyone’s list of priorities.

Diversity in the hiring process is a huge talking point in both talent circles, and society in general. Adding this book to your arsenal will equip you with the ammo you need to fight for your candidates if you need to. It might also inspire you to take a fresh look at some of your own processes.

Get it here.

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How To Handle A Crowd

Anika Gupta

Another MIT alumni in this list, Anika’s spent two years speaking to the moderators of gaming forums and online news comment sections. Some of the most lovely sections of the internet, I’m sure you can imagine.

But in doing so has come away with quite a granular understanding of how information is exchanged, and relationships develop, online. And from that, “the art of creating healthy and dynamic online communities” emerges.

If you talk to people who’ve worked at, or place people into front end positions at companies like Reddit and Facebook, this book might be good enough as an insight into how platforms like that function. But dig deeper and you’ll unearth nuggets of gold advice for building a brand and online community of your own.

Get it here.

And if you’re a Digital recruiter looking for a new role, see what you can handle out of this crowd.

Dark Towers

David Enrich

David’s the Finance Editor of the New York Times. And this is his second book, all about “Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an epic trail of destruction”. Maybe don’t pluck this off the shelf to read to the kids while they’re trying to drift off.

Or maybe do. It’ll teach them the importance of properly auditing a company before giving them business. An important lesson if they’re ever going to grow up to be a recruiter one day.

On second thought, maybe don’t. The book touches on death, terrorism, fraud, and politics. Criminality and scandal in general. But it’s a fiery exposé of one of the largest banks in the world, and vital reading for anyone with an interest in the sector.

Get it here.

Finding a business you can bank on’s priceless. Click here to start searching for yours.

The Catalyst

Jonah Berger

Whether it’s your client taking a punt on a 50/50 CV, or a perfectly happy candidate deciding if they’ll even give the job description for your fantastic opportunity a scan. Changing minds is par for the course in recruitment.

We’ve written an article covering how important and difficult that is here. And Jonah Berger, Professor at the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, has dedicated his third and most recent book to this exact topic. Admittedly, he’s gone slightly further on the subject than we have.

Although in a nutshell, marketers want to change the minds of their audience, to affect their behaviours. Clicking a link. Signing up to, or buying, a thing. Applying for something. Which, when you think about it, crosses over rather nicely with the responsibilities of a modern recruiter. So there’s something in this one for everyone.

Get it here.

In the market for a new recruitment role? Let this be your catalyst.


If you’re looking for timeless books to up your recruitment game, check out last month’s recommendations.

And read the rest of our Recruitment Reading Lists here.