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The Best 5 Books For Recruitment Consultants' Personal Development

As we are in the Summer season, and everyone is looking for a book to read on the beach, we thought it would be fitting to share with you our top 5 books to personally develop recruitment consultants.

Books and personal development go hand in hand. And at Reviewedo we are constantly reading as we are continually trying to learn and develop personally. With this, we hope we can deliver a platform that helps candidates, hiring managers and recruitment consultants and agencies.

For recruiters, reading should be an essential part of your life. Recruitment is a tough gig, and reading some of the best bits of guidance and stories which have been written by some of the greatest thinkers can open your eyes to unlocking new found potential. Whether that means you become a better recruiter and earning yourself more money, or helps you refine your thinking so you become sharper, or assists you in becoming a ‘better’ person. It can only be for the best.

The best thing about reading is that any recruiter can do it, it just takes a bit of discipline and commitment. All you need to do is commit to a bit of reading throughout the week, and find the best books to read for you.

Every man and his dog has a bestseller. So that begs the question, which books do you go for?

Here are our top five books that will assist you developing yourself.

*It should be noted that one, or more of us at Reviewedo have read these books. We would not advise anyone read a book that we have not read before and thoroughly enjoyed.

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)

Published in 1936, I think it is fair to say that this book is timeless. The principles shared by Dale Carnegie have been read and put into practice by millions over the years. This book is a must read for any recruiter, recruiters deal with people all day every day, and essentially you sell people to people (part of why your job is so tough). This book will teach you things you didn’t know, about dealing with people, and it is up to you to translate this into your professional and personal life. Some of the principles in this book you will probably already practice, however, it will open your eyes into new ways to negotiate terms, deal with conflict, and influence people’s thinking which will inevitably lead you to more placements.

2. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Jodan B Peterson)

Jordan B Peterson is a bit of internet celebrity, he started off by providing answers on the Question and Answers website, Quora, and gained a lot of traction there by providing insightful and thoughtful answers to some of life’s deepest questions. Peterson is great for penning sentences that sound like deep wisdom at first glance but vanishes into puffs of pseudo-profundity if you give them more than a second’s thought. He provides simple rules, and he reinforces his points by drawing references from religious books, great philosophers and some of the greatest psychologists of all time.

This book will open your eyes, and the 12 rules will stick with you. Some of the rules are ‘Befriend people who want the best for you’, ’Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not the useless person you are today’ and ‘Tell the truth. Or at least don’t lie.’ Applying the rules to your professional life as a recruiter will only do you wonders, like telling the truth always, no matter how tough it is on the candidates and hiring managers you have to continuously let down, or befriending the people who want the best for you, not the recruitment consultants who will snake their own mother to close a deal! It can be a bit of a rough read at times, for my simple mind anyway, but it is definitely worth a read.

3. The 4 Hour Work Week (Tim Ferriss)

A hugely popular author, entrepreneur and podcaster. Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Work Week is one of the most popular of his books. In this book you can expect to learn less about doing more, and more about doing less. Tim’s first lesson is to be effective, not efficient. Essentially, focus on doing the few things that will lead to the biggest progress, instead of focusing on doing as much as you can as best as you can. This book may change the way you think, it will provide you a work smart bible, and a book you can re-read again and again.

4. Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About The Business of Life (James Kerr)

You may want to skip this number if you do not have a care in the world for rugby but if you like sport or can appreciate the ultimate rugby team of all time, then this book is a must. Sport and business go hand in hand, and each and every single one of us can learn from the a sporting team like the All Blacks. Most people have heard of the old All Blacks rules of “No Dickheads” (used as wall art in many offices globally) and “Sweep The Sheds” but what James Kerr’s book, ‘Legacy’ can teach all of us most of all is to stay grounded and focus on what we want to achieve in life. The great thing about this book is that it is an easy read, one that you can whip through in no time.

5. The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg)

The Power of Habit is a book that can help you understand why habits are at the core of everything you do, how you can change the and what impact that that can have on your life. Charles states that habits work in 3-step loops: cue, routine and reward. You can change your habits by substituting just one part of the loop, the routine. You can apply the lessons learnt from this book to improve your personal and professional life. The lessons taught in this book will help you become more productive, work more effectively and build stronger habit loops to generally improve your life.

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