The Recruitment Reading List: Part Six

This series from Hunted explores great books for recruitment. Books from different genres that will assist your job and your career. Funny books. Informative books. Books from people who don’t normally write books, and books from people that do.

Whether you need to widen your thinking of people, success or persuasiveness, the below are all great reads, and just perfect for your commute. Oh, and they’ll all have an impact on your bank account. 

For LinkedIn Recruiting:

People as Merchandise: Crack the Code to LinkedIn Recruitment

Josef Kadlec

This book isn’t necessarily for any senior Recruiters who’ve been around the block. That said, there are undoubtedly thoughts and practices here that not everyone will have thought of. With the changes to LinkedIn and a fair few Recruiters deciding to cancel their paid subscriptions this might serve as a nice refresher.

For any Recruiters new to the game or any that (dare I suggest) don’t know their way around LinkedIn, this is advice from one of the first Recruiters hired by LinkedIn in Europe. The fact he started out life as a Software Engineer is justification for him basing practice on data and findings. For a broad intro and foot note of LinkedIn recruitment, read on.

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For The Art of Persuasion:

Trust Me, I’m Lying

Ryan Holiday

The media you see online, your TV and your phone is all lying to you. But then, you knew that already right?

Ryan Holiday is someone whose job is to manipulate said media. In his own words “I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs-as much as any one person can.” This book opens up a lot of the dark side of North American media, and while it shouldn’t serve as a ‘best practice’ guide, it will teach you a lot of what the public hears, sees and reads is chosen and composed.

The right PR in recruitment can really help your efforts. The wrong PR can become a tough stumbling bock. And in today’s world where personal brands are at the forefront of your business, this book contains some good insights and methods of creating solid PR.

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For Persuasive Writing:

Words That Sell: The Thesaurus to Help You Promote Your Products, Services and Ideas

Richard Bayan

Ahhh words. They do some great things. If done well, words can make you money. And if you’ve yet to realise that, you’re not using them well enough. Whenever you write words you’re trying to gain something from their use. As a Recruiter, you’ll often write emails, inMails and ads and hope they attract the right outcome. If you ever sit there looking at synonyms wondering how you can differentiate what you’re writing, then this book is for you.

It’s essentially a thesaurus. But it’s also a top guide to have sitting on your desk for whenever you need to stand out from the crowd. Which, hopefully will be quite a lot. They say you should never judge a book by its cover. This book is one you can. Words That Sell, contains words that sell.

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For Work Life Balance

Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

Michael Hyatt

Work life balance is an ideology that quite simply didn’t exist some time ago. The idea of it in recruitment is still held as an idea by some. And not something easily achieved. Any agency heavy on the work scale, and limited on the life, will have a lower longevity and lower employee retention than their counter weighted competitors. And this book is a great place to start to realign any backward thinking.

‘Living Forward’ will help you adjust your mindset to your life. You only have one, by the way. So make sure you’re working to live, and not living to work, through actionable goals and targets. Above and beyond your next placement.

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For Human Behaviour:

The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

Gustave Lebon

This is not a new book. First published in 1895, you might wonder what contents within its pages could possibly affect your thinking of an industry not even invented when it was written. Well, a lot of it, to be honest. This is a book which inspired Freud’s thinking of the unconscious mind. Perversely it also inspired a movement of hypnosis experts. There are generalisations about democracy and socialism which understandably haven’t stood the test of time.

On the flip side however Lebon also writes about the way crowds of people think. The way they express emotion and similarly take action without thought. Which, in today’s world is inextricably linked to social media and the network you’re currently trying to impress an idea on. For a truly interesting and different read, check out some old school, still apt thinking.

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