It’s the start of a long holiday weekend here in the USA as well as a popular time for summer vacations. In between barbecue and fireworks, I’m hoping to find some time to read some recruitment books. How about you? If you’re in need of some ideas, Social Talent has compiled a list of 12 Books Every Recruiter Should Read in 2014. A few that I’ll be adding to my list are:
Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Today’s technology means a lot of traditional ‘barriers to entry’ have been removed. It’s never been easier to launch a start-up venture. It also means you can work fewer hours than entrepreneurs from even a few years ago. This book gives you a whole new way to approach your work.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Drive explores what motivates us and Pink suggests it’s not external factors like money. Instead, he makes a case that autonomy, mastery, and purpose are what truly motivates people and offers suggestions for how to put these into action.
The Read Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to Dragon’s Den, by James Caan. James Caan is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. This biography explores his accomplishments both personal and financial. Caan was even the owner of a start-up recruitment agency.
Of course, in the summer, it’s hard to go wrong with a good beach read. Right now, I’m working on Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, with The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb, and The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, by H.W. Brands stacked up next. What are your favorite recruitment books?