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Summer Reading List: 6 New Books for Recruiters to Read in 2023

To help you make the most of your summer reading adventures, we have compiled a curated list of six must-read books for recruiters in 2023.

As the warm summer breeze fills the air, it's time to swap out our work desks for cozy beach chairs and dive into some captivating books. For recruiters, the summer season presents an excellent opportunity to take a break from the daily hustle and immerse themselves in inspiring and thought-provoking literature. Whether you are a seasoned recruiter or just starting out in the field, staying up to date with the latest trends and best practices is essential to thrive in this ever-evolving profession. 

To help you make the most of your summer reading adventures, we have compiled a curated list of six must-read books for recruiters in 2023. These books not only offer valuable insights and practical advice, but they also explore the emerging challenges and opportunities that the recruitment landscape presents in the current year. So, grab your sunglasses, find a comfortable spot, and get ready to add these titles to your summer reading list.  

1. Breakthrough! 2.0: Exploding the Production of Experienced Recruiters

If you are an experienced recruiter with a solid foundation who is open to getting even better, Steve Finkel's newest book is for you. There is not an experienced consultant (or a new one) who won’t benefit directly and substantially from the sophisticated in-depth material covered in Breakthrough! 2.0. 

Innovative approaches and new techniques are essential to keep the best recruiters on a fast-learning curve and to yield increased billings in today's market. This thirty-chapter book by the industry's leading author and trainer is specifically designed to present advanced-level material which has been proven to benefit high producers. Successful recruiters need more than a strong foundation and years of experience. They need refinement of existing techniques and the addition of tested and original methods to which they have never been exposed. 

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

The Robot-Proof Recruiter shows you how to use a human-first approach to hiring that will help you grab and hold a candidate's attention better than a robot! It contains essential guidance on overcoming obstacles, including how to recruit without an existing online presence, how to work effectively with hiring managers to improve the outreach and candidate experience and how to use technology to support the candidate's journey from initial outreach through to application, successful onboarding and later to alumnus.

The second edition covers the unexpected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on recruiting and how using unique human qualities in conjunction with technology can enhance employer branding and candidate experience. Full of expert guidance, practical tips and updated case studies, this book explains what works, what does not and how you can stand out and recruit effectively. The Robot-Proof Recruiter is an indispensable book for all recruitment professionals and HR practitioners who want to recruit the right people for their organization. 

3. Bet on Talent: How to Create a Remarkable Culture That Wins the Hearts of Customers

When it comes to running a business, the most important decisions a leader makes are not about products or locations—they are about people. For the past 33 years, Dee Ann Turner has been recruiting, training and retaining some of the best employees in the restaurant business. Now she is ready to share her secrets on how to build, sustain and grow an organizational culture that attracts world-class talent and consistently delights customers, no matter what your industry.

4. The AI Recruiter: Revolutionizing Hiring with Advanced GPT-Powered Prompts

In The AI Recruiter: Revolutionizing Hiring with Advanced GPT-Powered Prompts, Mike Wolford, a renowned expert in recruitment and AI, unveils a groundbreaking exploration of artificial intelligence in the talent acquisition landscape. Hailed as “a game-changer,” this book is a must-read for professionals in the recruitment industry who seek to navigate and capitalize on the transformative power of AI.

Wolford masterfully breaks down the basics of AI and its applications in talent acquisition, presenting an array of real-world use cases that demonstrate the benefits, drawbacks and future implications of AI-driven recruitment. With case studies, practical tips and valuable insights, this book is essential for companies looking to implement AI-powered recruitment tools and stay ahead of the curve.

The AI Recruiter is not just a book. It is a blueprint for mastering AI in the recruitment process. From understanding the rules to avoiding AI hallucinations to embracing human-AI collaboration, Wolford's essential tips, insights and best practices will prepare readers for success in the ever-evolving world of AI-driven recruitment. 

5.  The Consultative Recruiter Playbook: Solve Recruiting 25 Most Frustrating Time-Wasting Situations

Picture it (and perhaps you’ve experienced this): You have found several qualified candidates for a position—even in a competitive, tumultuous candidate market. Now it should be a straightforward and fast conclusion to the search, right? 

But the hiring manager: 

  • Delays getting back to you about which candidates they will interview, 
  • Wants to see more resumes without telling you what’s wrong with the ones they already have, 
  • Delays setting up interviews and sometimes doesn’t even show up for the interview, 
  • Wants to see more candidates without giving you any post-interview feedback, 
  • Delays making a hiring decision because they are afraid to make a hiring mistake, 
  • Doesn’t see the necessity for a positive candidate experience and feel that’s your job anyway, 
  • Doesn’t think a competitive salary is necessary because surely everyone wants to work for your company, right? 

And when the position is filled, they are unhappy with how long it has taken! In this Playbook, you find insights into what your hiring manager may be thinking, little-known tips on how to build trust and actual scripts and questions to move your hiring manager to take action—the right action. 

6. The SEO Optimized Job Description: A Complete Guide to Writing an Effective Job Description

Learn the psychology behind attraction in relation to writing an effective job description that generates applicants. Understand how job boards and search engines work, learn about augmented writing tools and SEO optimize your job post to improve applications.

A recruiter’s role all starts with having intake notes and a well-thought-out job description summary. This is a vital part of recruiting and hiring a candidate for opportunity. A job description can be simply defined as a written narrative that defines general tasks, duties and responsibilities needed for the position. It will cover the functions and qualifications needed to perform the requirements: this includes working conditions, physical demands and technical experience, etc. 

This book is written for recruiters looking to improve on their job requisitions. It covers how to understand how job boards and search engines work. Learn what SEO professionals use to optimize keyword terms and apply that knowledge to your job posts. Making sure you are using the best industry-specific job titles and skill sets. As well as using heat maps, tracking analytics, analyzing job board reports and making adjustments to increase applicant flow.

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


Samantha Prost

Sam Prost is a digital content writer with almost 10 years of experience who uses her upbeat and creative energy to write fresh, fun and custom content for our clients.

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