2013’s Top 10 Books to Enhance Your Talent Recruitment Process

Recruiting the most valuable talent for your company can be an overwhelming feat. But locating resources that help you navigate the recruiting and hiring process can lighten the load and steer you on the path to the perfect fit.

E-books provide a viable solution to the recruiting equation — they’re easy to read from virtually anywhere while you enjoy an end-of-year break, and they push you to take a step back and review the year your company has had. The following choices offer relevant and useful information that directly impacts your recruiting process — and it doesn’t hurt that they’re free.

1. “How to Employ Your First Employee” by Russell HR Consulting
The attitude and abilities of your first employee set the tone for the future of your business — he or she will influence company culture and success from day one. This resource will get you on the right track to hiring talent that will drive your venture forward.

2. “Human Resources Management Course” by ATG Educational
This popular download is the e-book version of the Human Resources Management course taught by ATG Educational. It covers the basics of human resources and helps readers sidestep landmines.

3. “Provocative Thoughts for Managers” by Beppe Carrella
Questioning the norm is essential for managers to differentiate and improve their businesses. Through company stories, this e-book offers thought-provoking ideas that can inspire managers to make some changes of their own in the new year.

4. “Best Management Quotations” by Ismael D. Tabije
This book provides insight into the real experiences of managers and business professionals. Gathering thoughts from a variety of experts in a wide range of industries, this quotation resource should provide you — and your team — with nuggets of inspiration to spread around the office.

5. “Employer’s Guide to Recruitment” by Russell HR Consulting
This book includes useful and practical tips for recruiting the perfect person for a position, underscoring how important it is to seek the right fit, not simply wait for it to appear. This e-book provides legal templates as well.

6. “Assertiveness” by Rodney Bartlett
Communicating assertively is essential for succeeding in the business world. Knowing what your business needs and communicating that effectively can help you deal with conflict, foster relationships, and gain respect and self-esteem.

7. “Advanced Communication Skills” by MTD Training
Effective communication skills are imperative for securing new talent. This resource provides tips for going beyond the basics to improve your communication skills. Elevated communication ensures you get the most accurate and compelling information about candidates from the beginning.

8. “How to Sack Employees” by Russell HR Consulting
Disciplining employees — and even letting them go — is a necessary part of the job. But determining when the time is right and how to go about it can be hard. This book incorporates real-life examples, legal advice, and best practices to offer advice on the dos and don’ts of dismissing employees.

9. “21st Century Time Management for Busy Managers” by Michael Erwin
This resource discusses the Life-Time Mastery System, which can help you more effectively manage time and tasks. Becoming overwhelmed by to-do lists and projects can make you more likely to hire someone, anyone, to fill the void — this book will help you prevent that.

10. “Hiring…for a Perfect Fit” by Kathi Graham
Behavior and ability often go hand in hand in the workplace. This book helps HR professionals find candidates and match each with the perfect position within a company, boosting the chances of a long-term investment for both the employee and the company.

From finding new talent to matching that talent with the right position, recruitment is intricate and intensive — but worth the effort for any company. Learning from the experiences of other managers and HR professionals can help you make these important decisions and ensure your own company’s success for years to come.

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