21185730_sRecruiters are busy multi-taskers, on the phone, email, text, and online all day, working in social media, meeting with clients and candidates. There’s not a lot of time to squeeze in any extracurricular activities but recruiters have to keep up with the latest books and studies about recruiting. Why? To stay current on the newest trends, get insight they won’t get otherwise, and see what recruiting experts have to say about sourcing and hiring.

Whether you order hard copy books from Amazon, get books on tape, read them on Kindle on your smart phone or tablet, or just skim the latest reviews online, check out the following titles for the well-read recruiter.


The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired by Lou Adler

Lou Adler has been in the recruiting industry for more than 30 years, founded The Adler Group hiring and recruiting consultancy, and has written books about recruiting. His latest book “The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired” should be on every recruiter’s reading list. He discusses performance-based interviews, preparing performance profiles instead of or in addition to traditional job descriptions, and making quality of hire the primary metric in the recruiting process. Adler walks recruiters through how to shed outdated and ineffective recruiting methods that don’t work in today’s ever-changing recruiting environment. He shows how to turn a recruiting process around and bring it up to speed for today’s job market and work environment.  Read this book to learn what the two-question performance-based interview is and how to use it to accurately assess candidate competency.
The Talent Sourcing & Recruitment Handbook by Shally Steckerl

Shally Steckerl is another recruiting industry veteran as well as an Associate Adjunct Faculty at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He’s a sourcing specialist, explaining that sourcing is a “specialized discipline of proactively identifying and engaging with talent not found via traditional means.” Steckerl has created a comprehensive manual that lays out real definitions of sourcing and recruiting, teaches highly effective current talent identification techniques, and explains cutting-edge search techniques including natural language, referral sourcing, peer regression, and social recruiting. He shows recruiters the most current ways to source talent as well as discussing the evolution and future of recruitment.


Knock ‘Em Dead Hiring the Best: Proven Tactics for Successful Employee Selection by Martin Yate

Executive career strategist and New York Times Bestseller author Martin Yate focuses on the fact that in order to manage productively, managers have to first hire effectively. He explains that managers who don’t hire effectively will fail as managers. He teaches readers advanced hiring methods such as the best interview and questioning techniques, different ways to ask questions and why, practical strategies for effective selection, and how to evaluate different types of candidates such as entry-level, administrative, sales, and management hires. Yate concludes his instructions for the best hiring tactics with a discussion of managing productively once the best hires are made and interviewing within the law. Recruiters must read this book to understand hiring from a management perspective.


Research Studies 

It’s important for recruiters to read studies about the workforce, recruiting trends, and recruiting and hiring methods. Studies often have the most current information about actual and developing industry practices.  Research findings by organizations including LinkedIn, Gallup, the American Staffing Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) give recruiters unique insight into recruiting trends, attitudes, and practices.


  • 2015 US Recruiting Trends

LinkedIn’s 2015 US Recruiting Trends report includes results of the largest survey of talent acquisition leaders in the world. It highlights three trends recruiters need to understand. Industry overview indicates that recruiting is picking up after four years of stagnation, social recruiting is the top source of quality hires, and companies are starting to better understand talent branding.

  • 2013 State of the Global Workplace Report

Gallup polled employees and leaders at companies around the world in the 2013 State of the Global Workplace Report asking about engagement and it affects on business success. Not surprisingly, the poll revealed that companies with high employee engagement are more profitable. The ways they get that high engagement include making employee engagement an important goal for all managers, measuring engagement and taking action on results found, and providing training on effective employee engagement.

  • 2014 Staffing Industry Economic Analysis

The American Staffing Association’s research looks at job recovery since the recession and the resulting boom in the staffing and recruiting industry. Their findings indicate there are more temporary and contract workers today, and while unemployment is down, the labor force participation rate is the lowest it’s been since 1978, a result of limited employment opportunities for a significant number of job seekers, causing them to leave the workforce permanently.

  • SHRM Survey Findings: Social Networking Websites and Recruiting/Selection

SHRM’s study found that more than three quarters of organizations are using social networking sites for recruiting passive candidates, and LinkedIn is still the most commonly used site by recruiters. SHRM’s study looks at why and how organizations are using social networks for recruiting and the reasons that some do not.

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