In honour of this day, I bring you my top 4 reads for getting ahead in recruitment.
1. Black Box Thinking, Matthew Syed
The theory of ‘marginal gains’ has become key to many success stories in recent history. Simply explained, it's about looking at the 1% margin for improvement in everything you do. If you improved every area in your work by just 1%, then those small gains would add up to remarkable improvement. Dave Braislford famously applied the theory of marginal gains to cycling and has since led British riders to six Tour de France wins in the last seven years.
The book explores the intimate relationship between failure and success, and shows why we need to transport black box thinking into our own lives.
2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson
This is one of those books I know a lot of people swear by. It’s candid stories will metaphorically grab you by the shoulders and give you a good shake.
This book talks about how improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. The author goes into great detail to explain how to focus on the more important things in life. A great read for anyone who needs to refocus and streamline their attention.
3. Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead, Laszlo Bock
This book takes you inside one of the world's most explosively successful businesses and reveals why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work. It's packed full of principles that are easy to put into action, whether you're a team of one or a team of thousands.
4. Recruit Rockstars: The 10 Step Playbook to Find the Winners and Ignite Your Business, Jeff Hyman
Jeff Hyman is an Amazon bestselling author. This book offers a high-level concept of hiring the best people, and also goes into the nitty-gritty of getting the right number of interviews, choosing the right predictive questions, determining a culture fit and much more.