26 Books Every Recruiter Should Read

February 18, 2015 at 12:22 PM by Kathleen de Lara

readers_blog.jpgReading resumes, job descriptions, and candidate requirements may be part of the job, but if you’re looking for a change of scene, we have just the thing to one-up your hiring game.

We spoke with The Sourcing Institute President Shally Steckerl to get his list of must-reads for talent pros determined to change, improve, and learn the ins and outs of effective outreach, engagement, and hiring.

What we came up with is the official World’s Greatest Sourcer collection of 26 books that should be sitting on your nightstands, packed in your work bag, marked up and tagged on your desk, passed off to every recruiter you know – you get the idea. Here’s the grand list.

The Talent Sourcing and Recruitment Handbook
by Shally Steckerl
persuasion engineering

Persuasion Engineering
by Richard Bandler and John La Valle

free agent nation Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself
by Daniel H. Pink
how to create a mind How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
by Ray Kurzweil

Hiring Smart: How to Predict Winners and Losers in the
People-Reading Game
by Pierre Mornell


The Non-Technical Guide to Web Technologies
by Tommy Chheng

brain rules

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving
at Work, Home, and School
by John Medina

the art of deception

The Art of Deception:
Controlling the Human Element of Security
by Kevin Mitnick

nlp at work

NLP at Work:
The Difference that Makes a Difference in Business, 2nd Edition
by Sue Knight


Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell


by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt

the art of war

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu

eating the big fish

Eating the Big Fish:
How Challenger Brands Can Compete Against Brand Leaders
by Adam Morgan

not your average joe

Not Your Average Joe:
Profiles of Military Core Values and
Why They Matter in the Private Sector
by Dennis Davis

eat that frog

Eat That Frog!:
21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and
Get More Done in Less Time
by Brian Tracy

work rules

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google
That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
by Laszlo Bock

signal and the noise

The Signal and the Noise
by Nate Silver

go rin no sho

Go Rin No Sho
by Miyamoto Musashi


Grapevine: Why Buzz Was a Fad but Word of Mouth is Forever
by Dave Balter


ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen

the no asshole rule

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized
Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
by Robert I. Sutton

who the method for hiring

Who: The Method for Hiring
by Geoff Smart and Randy Street


Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
by Jon Erickson

the professional recruiter's handbook

The Professional Recruiter's Handbook: Delivering Excellence in Recruitment Practice
by Jane Newell Brown

the rare find

The Rare Find: How Great Talent Stands Out
by George Anders

Click here to buy these books and see what other books Shally recommends to boost your sourcing skills. 

The trophy winner of the World’s Greatest Sourcer (not to be confused with the SourceCon Challenge) may be graced with a $2,500 cash prize, but runner-up is anything but first loser. 10 of these books will go to the lucky person who places second – find out which 10 could make their way to your bookcase in our next post, and why they should be a staple for anyone looking to refine their hiring. Easiest way to stay updated on the latest WGS news? Subscribe to the Entelo Blog! 

If we missed your favorite sourcing or hiring books, tell us in the comments!

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