10 Great Books for Recruiters and HRs

March 22, 2022

5 min read

If you’re working in the recruitment or HR industry then you’ll always be learning. It’s part of the reason why so many people love this job, it never gets boring. The same is true with books – there are always lots of great reads out there to help us improve ourselves and our industry knowledge even more. 

We’ve gathered together 10 great recruitment and HR books that are must-reads.

1. “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

Eric Schmidt has played a pivotal role in making Google one of the most successful companies in history, as their CEO from 2001-2011 and now Executive Chairman. In this book, he teams up with former Googler Jonathan Rosenberg to offer up their views on how they built Google into the behemoth it is today. They talk about “People Operations” (Aka Human Resources), how they create a culture of innovation, and about the main secret of their success.

2. “Full Stack Recruiter” by Jan Tegze

This book is a must-read for young recruiters who wish to obtain some basics with a sprinkle of insider scoop. However, it’s also beneficial for recruiters that have years of real-world expertise but no formal training in recruiting and staffing. You’ll learn all there is to know about sourcing options, as well as useful hints for hiring managers and recruiters. It’s written in an easy-to-understand language with illustrative examples, making this book a must for the bookshelf.

3. “1501 Ways to Reward Employees” by Bob Nelson

The title explains everything, but what we like most about the book is that it provides low-cost or no-cost incentives, which are useful for all types of workers. This book, written almost a decade ago, may still offer some fresh ideas to the table.

4. “How to hire A-Players” by Eric Herrenkohl

This is a fantastic practical handbook for small and medium companies looking to hire top talent. Herrenkohl demonstrates that you don’t need a big recruitment team to discover top-tier candidates by using case studies from actual businesses to illustrate the point. You will never get stuck in the mindset of “just filling a role.” As a result of this step-by-step tutorial, you will be able to seek out genuine talent more efficiently.

5. “Social Media Recruitment: How to Successfully Integrate Social Media into Recruitment Strategy” by Andy Headworth

Recruitment has long been aided by social media. How, though, can you utilize Instagram for more than just lunch photographs? Headworth discusses how to create a social media marketing plan for recruitment, how to assess the effectiveness of campaigns, and what Big Data may do to assist. What is employer branding and why should it matter in your recruiting strategy? Find the answers in this book!

6. “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle

This book is for HRs who are having difficulties establishing a company culture. It will assist you in creating a new culture from the ground up, disassembling an existing toxic one, and learning the best and worst practices. This book will teach you how to instill a sense of security, allow for vulnerability, and establish a purpose.

7. “Working Backwards” by Colin Bryar & Bill Carr

Amazon executives share their firsthand knowledge of leadership concepts and Amazon’s corporate culture. You’ll learn about their most effective methods as well as what other businesses do to create better teams.

8. “Who” by Geoff Smart & Randy Street

The book is packed with actionable tools and frameworks to pinpoint your hiring priorities, interview candidates, spot bad fits before they start, train new employees more effectively, and retain talent. Here, 20 billionaires and 300 CEOs present their views and amusing stories on how they refrained from emotional hiring and selected candidates with a clear set of objectives.

9. “Talent Magnet: How to Attract and Keep the Best People” by Mark Miller

It’s quite a short book where successful cases have become engaging stories. Here’s the time- and money-saver if you happen to recruit just “good” people rather than A-players. This book helps you find and evaluate talented prospects among suitable candidates.

10. “First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently” by Markus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

You’ve probably noticed that all great executives are rule-breakers, and HRs cling to those who try new things. Authors researched CEOs from both small and big businesses, as well as international corporations, in order to discover every regulation that has to be broken, e.g. not paying enough attention to talent or never playing favorites. They also show how management affects profits and reputation.


Books from this list are on the shelves of all our HRs and recruiters. Whether you’re looking to build a company culture or find top talent, these books will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to be successful.

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