The Recruitment Reading List: Part Two

The second in our recruitment reading list series suggests books to inspire, educate and amuse. We’re not saying you’ll suddenly turn into a super recruiter, who fills every job and bills a million a year after reading them, but they’ll certainly help.

You’ll notice none of these suggestions are about sales. Why? Because there’s more to recruitment than being able to sell.

For Confidence:

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance-What Women Should Know

Katty Kay & Claire Shipman

Our first suggestion is one for the women. We could all do with a little more confidence, and this book aims to provide that. From the authors of Womenomics comes The Confidence Code.

The book is a practical guide to understanding confidence, and why it’s important. There are tips for women of all ages and stages of their career, and most importantly how to achieve said confidence.

There are examples from the authors’ own lives along with other highly successful women from media, business and politics.  Combining this with research in cognition, gender, behaviour and genetics there are lessons in abundance. The underlying message of the book is that with confidence, you can achieve anything.

Just remember with great power comes great responsibility!

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For Happiness:

The Chimp Paradox

Prof Steve Peters

Happiness is something which is influenced by the outside world, and not something you can manage yourself. Or is it? According to Professor Peters not at all. Mind management is absolutely key to achieving happiness, and furthermore success in your life.

The book will teach you how to: Recognise how your mind is working; understand and manage your emotions and thoughts and manage yourself and become the person you would like to be. If you’re able understand to your mind, your management of it will be better.

What happens when you can better manage your mind? You’re happier that’s what! You’re welcome.

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For Self-Improvement:

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life

Arianna Huffington

Have you heard of the Huffington Post? Yep, thought so. The Editor in Chief has written this book which is still flying off shelves all over the world. What is there to learn from Arianna Huffington? Well, given the fact she’s a journalist, author, editor-in-chief, ex-politician, entrepreneur, multimillionaire, and a spiritual, mental and health guru – probably quite a lot.

The analogy in this book is a three legged stool. Money and power are two of the legs. Great to have, but won’t be stopping you from hitting the floor! The book’s a personal and candid account of the effects that meditation, mindfulness, giving and ‘unplugging’ can have on an individual.

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For Attention Grabbing Writing:

More Letters of Note

Shaun Usher

In the predecessor to this article I included the first instalment of this book. Based on the shoddy InMails, inappropriate emails and poor adverts that are still plaguing the recruitment industry, a lot of us could do with reading this. People all over the world, throughout history have been struggling to get other’s attention.

The key to it is preparation and well thought out writing that can’t fail to get instant attention from your audience. Whether that’s one person or a group. The examples here are exquisite and include: John Lennon, Sylvia Plath, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and David Bowie to name just a few.

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For Work-Life Balance:

Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction

Matthew Kelly

Work and life are often portrayed as opposing entities. The trouble with that school of thought is that the two are very much intertwined. Rather than strive for a balance of work and life, Matthew Kelly sets a different precedent. What people are really looking for is satisfaction.

Introducing different philosophies that help his own clients, Matthew instructs how to cultivate energy giving you enough in your reserves to accomplish both personal and professional goals.

Buy it here