Summer Reading List: 6 New Books for Recruiters to Read in 2021

As we transition back into professional lives that resemble either a pre-pandemic office model or a new productive remote option, educating yourself on the upcoming and changing industry ahead is a must. Here are a handful of newly-released books for recruiters we recommend to read in 2021 to enhance your working knowledge of the recruiting space.

1. High-Tech High-Touch Recruiting: How to Attract and Retain the Best Talent By Improving the Candidate Experience

In her latest book, Barbara Bruno provides recruiters with an end-to-end process for recruiting in-demand talent and engaging them to become long-term employees. 

The “high-touch” portion of this book focuses on building strong relationships with candidates and new hires while the “high-tech” focuses on how you can use AI-powered software to weed through large pools of candidates to find the right person for your job. She gives tips on how to better connect with your candidates beyond just text and email, creating a better experience for everyone involved in the recruiting process.

2. Righteous Recruiting: Essays on Reinventing Talent Acquisition for People 

Righteous Recruiting is the newest book by Liz Ryan, CEO of Human Workplace and former Fortune 500 HR Senior VP. Her essays explore how talent acquisition professionals can reinvent the way they do things, laying out practical and attainable visions for where their work can go.

Ryan is people-centric, covering recruitment topics that really matter to both recruiters and candidates.  She shares tips of every size, including small changes that can improve communication and enhance the recruitment process so employers can create a sustainable competitive advantage.

3. Hiring for Diversity: A Complete Guide 

Having a diverse workforce is crucial and if it’s not already a priority for your team, it’s time to make it one. In Hiring for Diversity: A Complete Guide, written by Gerardus Blokdyk and presented by The Art of Service, readers will learn how to set diversity goals appropriately and achieve them using evidence-based best practice strategies. 

Hiring for Diversity: A Complete Guide, also teaches readers how to integrate recent advances and process design strategies to improve their diversity efforts. The book also comes with a self-assessment scorecard so you can dive deep into the areas that need the most attention.

4. Hire Right, Fire Right: A Leader’s Guide to Finding and Keeping Your Best People

Author of Hire Right, Fire Right, Roxi Bahar Hewertson is known for her no-nonsense approach to talent acquisition. In this book, she gives leaders the tools to hire, develop and even fire someone at the right time. She tackles a complicated subject we don’t normally see in recruitment books. 

Hire Right, Fire Right explains the importance of weeding out mismatched hires and how to handle the loss of top talent. This book promises to empower decision makers to increase their company’s hiring success rate, book employee retention rates, and even lower the risk of lawsuits and damage to your organization’s reputation.

5. The Robot-Proof Recruiter: A Survival Guide for Recruitment and Sourcing Professionals

Automation and digitalization has changed the recruiting landscape, both to the benefit and detriment of recruiters and job seekers alike. Recruiting professionals find themselves struggling to attract and hold applicant attention, and candidates often feel more like numbers than individuals. 

In The Robot-Proof Recruiter, Katrina Collier advocates for a humanistic approach to recruiting as a salve to the increasingly isolated, impersonal nature of online recruitment. The book teaches recruiters how to use technology and tools to enhance, not replace, personalized online interactions between hiring managers and potential hires.

6. The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent by Mike Sarraille, George Randle and Josh Cotton

Experts often refer to the act of attracting qualified candidates as a “war for talent.” So, who better to navigate battles and high-pressure situations than combat commanders? The Talent War applies strategies of military recruitment and training used by U.S. Special Operations Forces to corporate environments. 

The book argues that by attaining a talent mindset, recruiters attract and cultivate optimal talent and gain an advantage in a highly competitive landscape. The book channels military principles like character, loyalty, and discipline to strategize in current recruiting climates.


We at Recruiters Websites believe anytime is a good time to educate yourself, improve your craft and help build better professional communities.

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