The Recruiting Toolbox Bookstore

We’re all about helping recruiting-focused people win in their jobs. We’ve created great resource pages to help elevate recruiters to talent advisors and help recruiting leaders operate more strategically. Below are a selection of some of the books that we’ve seen impact how recruiting pros influence, think holistically, speak the language of the business, and deliver more value.  And, below the books, we have some of our favorite sayings available as stickers – some are inappropriate, which are often the best stickers for your laptop 🙂

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Books We Love

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Too often, talent leaders focus primarily on the WHAT and HOW when rolling out new processes. But buy-in lives in the WHY, not the WHAT and HOW.

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A classic book on the keys to influencing, where Cialdini outlines his 6 principles of influence: Reciprocity; Commitment/consistency; Social proof; Authority; Liking; Scarcity.

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This book – very popular years ago – presents a very important question for all managers and recruiters to answer: Should we focus more of our time trying to change someone, or should we instead double down on their strengths, and ignore their weaknesses?

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Want to better understand how we think, how we make choices, and how those decisions can be influenced? This is a powerful book that breaks down the most important heuristics and shortcuts our brains use to make decisions. Fascinating stuff.

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This book is a short read and offers very practical ideas and advice. It frames the difference between advising and coaching and helps the reader think more deeply about how to move from the former to more of the latter. This book centers around seven key coaching questions and also provides some scientific research and some reflection exercises, so there is something here for everyone.

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Ray Dalio has a very interesting way of viewing the world and has built a successful company on that view. His approaches to transparency and decision-making are unique, that is for sure. Whether you agree with his ideas or not, this book introduces the reader to his principles, and also makes the reader think deeply about their own.

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Want insights into modern HR practices?  This book gives TA pros a holistic view of the expectations businesses have of their talent partners, and Lars – a long-time colleague of ours – includes a feature by our founder (John Vlastelica) on the role of the modern recruiter as a Talent Advisor.

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The authors do a good job of helping non-psychologists understand the implicit and explicit workings of the mind and how they impact decisions and behaviors. As two of the forces behind the Implicit Association Test, Banaji and Greenwald share insights and also use some interesting hands-on exercises to help demonstrate these concepts to readers. They share research without sounding like boring academics or coming across as condescending, which is also a good model for readers.

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US history books struggle to give an accurate, holistic picture of history. They turn our heroes into perfect people, they often re-tell history with a strong euro-centric, white bias, and they don’t help us connect the dots to understand the role race has played in our history since Columbus. This book reveals a lot of things that you probably didn’t learn in US history class, and it’s critical to understand how we got to where we are to be able to address systems issues that have impacted women and people of color.

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If you’re based in the US and want to better understand systemic racism and how to go beyond performative allyship, this well-written book, written primarily for Caucasian Americans, will give you some great, practical advice.

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Want a modern “how to” book on employer branding that makes the case for something we recommend to our clients all the time? You can’t be everything to everyone, and one of our best strategies for attracting the right talent may be to repel the wrong talent.

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A classic for tech recruiters who want to better understand – in layman’s terms – how the web works. Chheng breaks down web technologies in understandable language and even highlights which tech leaders use which tech stack, and why.

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Another classic written for engineering interviewers and hiring managers by the creator of Trello and Stack. It’s a bit dated now (almost no focus on diversity, for example), but the core principles for interviewers are timeless.

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Case studies about organizations that redefined what success looks like, and how that dramatically impacted how they recruit and develop talent.

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90% of us sell, regardless of our job title, according to Pink. Even if we’re not selling a product, most of us have to influence others, which is essentially selling. Highly relevant to how we influence our hiring managers and how we sell to candidates.

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Negotiating tips from an FBI hostage negotiator?  Sure, why not!  Highly recommended for recruiters seeking negotiating tips.

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Talent leaders today recognize that all the hard work that goes into hiring top talent is wasted if middle managers aren’t effective at retaining and engaging that top talent. We love Bev Kaye’s approach in this book – super practical, how-to retention best practices.

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We know that one of the primary drivers of top talent is growth and learning. If you’re a talent leader looking for ideas to develop your recruiters, or want a book to share with hiring managers to help them develop their teams, check this out. It’s loaded with practical, how-to info.

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Stickers & More

Want to show the world you’re an exceptional recruiter with a bit of humor?  Check out some of John Vlastelica’s favorite sayings from our trainings and travels, and order them as laptop stickers, t-shirts, water bottles, and more from our friends at Redbubble.

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