Get Your Lawn Chairs Ready, Newton’s Summer Reading List for Recruiters is Here!

Employers that use Newton’s applicant tracking system are the up and comers, the tried-and-true, the small and medium-size businesses that make the US economy tick. They, like us here at Newton, recognize recruiting as one of the most essential business functions. It is this understanding that unites us, and drives us to constantly fine tune our skills and develop as recruiters.

You may be wondering how we do this while operating in the midst of such a dynamic profession. After all, recruiting is in a constant state of flux- the economy shifts and job markets fluctuate, business necessities pivot, the workforce is constantly evolving, etc. With all of these moving parts, many people lament that recruiting is like shooting at a moving target. Not us however. Along with our clients, we embrace this constant change and use it as a catalyst to promote our professional growth.

So how do we stay on top of an ever-changing recruiting environment? We read anything and everything with valuable information that we can get our hands on! Whether it is comprehensive guides, industry reports or trends, emerging frameworks and methodologies, or new laws and regulations- it does not matter. We are constantly staying up-to-date on all things recruiting by reading through a variety of websites, blogs and publications.

Below is a list of what Newtonites and our employers will be reading this summer. Bookmark these websites and blogs, download these books and prepare your lawn chairs for a summer of reading sure to expand your recruiting horizons!

Blogs and Websites

Newton’s Blog – Of course we recommend keeping up with the latest articles posted to our blog! We do our best to stay up-to-date on all things recruiting and we are constantly publishing fresh content to keep you at the top of your game.

SHRM – The leading resource for HR and recruiting professionals. Although it is a human resources association, their online blog and resource centers have a tremendous wealth of information regarding recruiting and hiring. SHRM covers a vast array of topics in their articles and even run independent research surveys and studies.

Fistful of Talent – Led by HR and recruiting leader Kris Dunn, “FOT” offers daily articles featuring unfiltered insights served up by the likes of Tim Sackett, Matt Charney, Steve Boese, and many more. If you want candid straight-talk about all things recruiting and hiring, this is a great starting place.

Matt Charney’s Blog – “Matt Charney isn’t a guru. Or a ninja. Or even a ‘thought leader.’ Mostly because he hates ‘personal branding’ almost as much as tired cliches. But he’s considered one of the best in the business at creating compelling content across mediums, from 140 characters or less to B2B white papers to CRM campaigns and everything in between, with the possible exception of writing in the third person.”

The Tim Sackett Project – “I started ‘The Project’ so I could get some of this worthless stuff rattling around in my head, out.  It’s my therapy. I’m probably going to write some stuff you won’t agree with. 15 minutes after I write it, I might not agree with it — but it’s staying. I love working in HR and Recruiting, and I love making fun of all the crazy stuff we do.”

More Useful Blogs and Websites

Steve Boese’s HR Technology

HR Bartender

Recruiting Daily


Talent Culture

The HR Capitalist



Human Resource Executive Online


Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street

Built on expansive research stemming from more than 1,300 hours of interviews with over 300 CEO’s and business leaders, this book offers a 4 step process for recruiting A players.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

In this book, Pink takes a deep dive into the three elements of motivation- autonomy, mastery and purpose. Through this analysis, he offers a new framework for motivation that can be applied in the business world.

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher

Based on research by the Harvard Negotiation Project, this book is all about conflict resolution and offers step-by-step strategy for coming to a mutually acceptable agreement. This is a must read for any of you interested in boosting your offer acceptance rates!

Further Books For Reading

Hire with Your Head by Lou Adler

Negotiation Genius by Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman

The Safe Hiring Audit by Les Rosen

Beyond Reason by Daniel Shapiro

Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone

Keeping the Millennials by Joanne Sujansky and Jan Ferri-Reed

Newton Non-Recruiting Book Staff Picks

As awesome as recruiting is, it wouldn’t be summer if you didn’t take a little time for rest and relaxation. For those days when you want an escape, or just need something good to read, take a dive into one of these novels, recommended by our own Newton team:

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


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