World Book Day 

World Book Day marks the yearly opportunity to read copious blog articles like this one recommending the books that could shift the trajectory of your career. It’s only right that we give you ours!

We’ve compiled a list of must-read books for you, covering everything from the business classics through to practical guides focusing on current industry trends.


Belonging confronts the elephant in the room – that many men feel personally under threat  as a result of the diversity conversation. Following extensive research and interviews at over 200 international businesses, Kathryn Jacob, Sue Unerman and Mark Edwards tackle a complex and often uncomfortable subject and makes it truly accessible and absolutely achievable by weaving real stories, sharp analysis and practical, business-ready solutions 

Building an Inclusive Organization  

We all know how important an inclusive organisation is –Stephen Frost and Raafi-Karim Alidina offer guidance on how to implement robust processes and policies to foster  diversity and inclusion in organizations of any size, and in all sectors with case studies from household name organisations. 

Digital Talent

Matt Alder provides advice on how to create new processes that are fit for purpose in the age of digital transformation, build inclusion when digital culture is becoming more prominent and use digital abilities effectively to maximise productivity while maintaining employee wellbeing. And well, why wouldn’t you want that? 

Employer Branding  for Dummies 

We think Lars Scmidt’s title is pretty self-explanatory. We’re not saying you’re a dummy  of course, but when it comes to Employer Branding who wants complicated when you can have a clear, no- nonsense guide to attracting and retaining top talent? 

Exceptional Talent 

Matt Alder and Mervyn Dinnen combine their considerable industry experience to offer advice and guidance on everything from how to build an authentic employer  brand to the impact  of referrals, to retaining and engaging employees – and much  in between. 

Hire Power 

Ah, the age old reactive  vs proactive issue.  We all know that proactive is better  for your business than reactive  when it comes to resourcing – in this book John Wallace provides  real life examples and practical steps towards building a strategic resourcing strategy. 

Hiring for Attitude  

What’s more important in a job candidate―skills  or attitude? Mark Murphy argues for the latter, and Hiring for Attitude provides  the data  to back it up. Do be aware  Murphy uses data  from a survey conducted by his own company but the book provides  great  food for thought when reviewing your own recruitment strategy. 

How to Win Friends and Influence People 

How could we not include Dale Carnegie’s timeless bestseller? This is the latest refresh of the classic motivational guide – taking into account that times  have changed a little since the original publication in 1936. 

Neurodiversity at Work 

With Neurodiversity  being such  a hot (and incredibly important) topic, we had to include Amanda  Kirby and Theo Smith’s book highlighting the benefits of employing the neurodiverse, as well as tips on how to attract, recruit and engage. 

On Recruitment

You’re a recruiter and you’ve used  LinkedIn, so how could you have missed Mitch Sullivan’s distinct  brand of dry wit, unapologetic sarcasm and on point observations, usually sprinkled with profanity. On Recruitment is a whole book of just that – if you love his LinkedIn content, you’ll love his book too. 

Recruiting 101 

Not everyone  is an old timer, and if you know someone newer to the industry, Steven Mostyn’s book is a great  read to learn the fundamentals. And you never know, if you’re an old timer, maybe  a refresher would reignite your passion! 

Recruit Rockstars 

I got 99 problems but – oh wait, recruitment is one of them… Jeff Hyman uses his book to assert that ninety percent of business problems are actually recruiting problems in disguise,  and here he reveals  his bulletproof  10-step method for landing the very best talent, based on data  to enable  you to always hire Rockstars, not B-players. 

Social Media Recruitment 

Social Media. There’s not a lot of getting away from it, so you should  absolutely be embracing it as part of your recruitment strategy. Andy Headworth shares everything from how to implement a social media  recruitment strategy to how to measure ROI with plenty of case studies to prove concept. 

Successful Onboarding 

Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have created a ready to use process to help you map out a comprehensive onboarding plan for your new hires – with the ultimate  aim of ensuring engaged, and happy employees, who stick around! 

The Robot-Proof Recruiter  

Katrina Collier’s survival guide is a friendly reminder  that no amount of technology and data  can take the place of human interaction,  and includes  plenty of tips about  the tools that can make  your job easier. 


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