What to read

In interacting with friends and professionals there is a lingering question I find that always comes up at one time or another, “what should I read”?  This seems like such a simple question and should be a simple answer but if you really dig into it, the answer really isn’t that easy.


Everyone has a favorite author or book or book series that they follow.  I am a Michael Crichton fan and am always quick to recommend any of his books.  Over time, I have found myself really analyzing this question and trying to surmise a better answer.


What I discovered is that anyone can and will pick up a book for pleasure reading and we all should do this.  But by recommending a professional book, publication or even blog is much more interesting.  Why?  In today’s vastly changing world, keeping updated with new trends, policy, technology and any other industry related news is highly beneficial.


As an HR professional, I gravitate first towards those blogs that feed my interest.  Blogs are great because they give varying insight from a diverse group (if you are reading this then I am not saying anything you don’t already know).  Blogs are a great start as sometimes you are directed or recommended to read other areas.


I also love to walk around Barnes and Noble to see what is new.  Yes, recruiting is recruiting but there are so many ways now with technology to be introduced or find people of interest.  Brushing up on new ideas always helps.  You can also find an older book that still makes a lot of sense such as a Dale Carnegie book.


Lastly, find out what magazines are best to read.  Sure, Time and Newsweek are great but find one that is more specific to your background.  If you are a teacher, a plumber, a recruiter, an IT developer, a sales manager, or anything else there is something for you.  Also, don’t be afraid to read anything surrounding where you want to go in your career.  Getting that insight and ideas in your mind now will only benefit you moving forward.




About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

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