The Recruitment Reading List: Best Reads for 2018

We love a good read at Hunted. Anything we can flick through that will give us a competitive advantage will often fly round the office. In fact, not only do we love a good read, but most of us are avid fans of Blinkist or Audible.

For anyone not aware of those two apps, they allow you to read shortened versions of books, full length books, or even listen to someone dictate them on your phone.

If you’re on your travels you’ll be amazed at how useful that is.

Whether you’re reading the latest novel by your favourite author or an educational piece of non-fiction. Learn about the world; business; success; happiness; sadness and everything in between.

Today, I’m including books you can get on the apps and in real life. That should appease the Tech Heads and the traditionalists.

For Worry

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Dale Carnegie

Recruitment’s a job that will give you the run around. Even when you think things are going swimmingly you blink and it all turns to mush. Because of that, it’s easy to get stressed. Not only are you often worried about what might happen, but stressed about what already has. Getting an email titled ‘Rebate’ will have you reaching for the stress balls.

And until you make meditation a part of your every day life, it might help to read something that’ll put your mind at ease. This is that.

This book will help you realise worry is something to be conquered. And that it’s been done before by many. Want to know how? You’ll have to read the book.

Book / Blinkist / Audible

For Mindfulness

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle 

This book’s a truly great option for anyone that suffers with procrastination, worry, planning and over analysing things. Studying the ego of a person is quite a complicated thing to do. Yet this book’s very easy to understand due to the simple explanation and language used throughout.

What you think is going to be hard hitting and complex actually plays out to be entertaining and helpful from the first page.

While most bosses you’ve ever worked for will stress the importance of analytics in recruitment, this book will help you to disconnect, let go and not fret about what’s to come. That’s something which, in recruitment, could really help you get through the week. Even if you’re not in recruitment, read this book to feel better about yourself and everyday life.

Book / Blinkist / Audible

For Honing Your EQ

Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman

I’ve written articles about EQ before. It’s up there with one of the most important traits you can have as a recruiter. It’ll beat hard work every day. The author of this book has some interesting insights into intelligence and specifically emotional intelligence. Did you know for example, when your heart rate beats too fast, you could be deemed too emotional to think rationally?

Emotions play a huge part in not only our thought processes but how we interact with those around us.

In recruitment that’s something everyone should know and be aware of. Getting bad news by email and picking up the phone straight away, for example, could be a terrible idea. Become more rational, less emotionally volatile and better at your job with this book.

Book / Blinkist / Audible

For Rejection and Criticism


Mark McGuinness

This is a topic which couldn’t be more pertinent in recruitment. Every single day of the year you’ll hit rejection. You may see criticism a lot too. Especially if you hang out on LinkedIn.

But what to do?

What’s the plan to sustaining that happy-go-lucky attitude of yours when you’re attacked online from all corners of the world?

Firstly, read this book. Or listen to it. But don’t let any social commentators steal your desire or hunger. There’s never been a statue made of a critic. Learn to welcome their opinion, not make the situation any worse and come out the other side smelling of roses.

Book / Blinkist

For Happiness

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Clayton Christensen

As someone who’s conquered the business world, a heart attack, a stroke and advanced cancer, this guy knows a thing or two about measuring happiness. Whatever your goals this year, there’s something in this book that will impact it positively. Be that strategically thinking about recruitment, relationships with your loved ones or simply your motivation for a content existence.

If you’re not happy in your job you won’t make nearly as much money. It’s a vicious circle. But one you can change.

In this book you can read the personal set of guidelines the author lives by to ensure he’s maximising the happiness he reaches. Everything’s relative of course. But in learning from others who’ve cracked the code, you’ll have a refreshed outlook on your own life.

Book / Blinkist / Audible