Whether you are a veteran recruiter or are new to the profession, it is always beneficial to get new ideas and inspiration that will motivate you to reach your goals. While there are numerous books to read and events you can attend on the subject, there are also simpler ways to find ideas that will increase your productivity, passion, and sales.

One way recruiters can find inspiration is through watching a stimulating TEDTalk. The beauty of many of these videos is that they are applicable to a wide range of professions and situations. A TEDTalk about success is relevant to everyone, whether they are looking to improve their work performance or just get more out of their day.

As recruiters continue to build relationships with candidates and clients, it is imperative that there are goals set which will achieve your objectives. In order to attain these goals, recruiters must be continually mindful of the many parts of the job that affect success, as well as failure. Here are five inspiring TEDTalks that will offer you a fresh look on discovering top talent and finding success in your role.

1. Celeste Headlee: 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation



Working in the world of recruitment requires not just communication, but effective conversation with candidates and employers. With most successful conversations, there is a true balance between talking and listening. In this day and age of email and texting, the art of conversation can sometimes be lost.  Celeste Headlee demonstrates in her presentation better ways you can talk and listen.

2. Regina Hartley: Why the Best Hire Might Not Have the Perfect Resume



Each day, recruiters are looking at numerous resumes and job applicants, and not every one of them may have the skills or talent perfectly listed on their resume. It is easy to sell the A+ resume to a hiring manager or employer, but that may not be the best solution to their hiring need. Regina Hartley explains why we should take the time to take a closer look at the candidate who could have a resume which others overlook.

3. Jia Jiang: What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection



There are parts of recruiting that focus on the aspect of sales. And what do recruiters sometimes hear from candidates, hiring managers, and others? Some version of “NO.” In this TEDTalk, Jia Jang explains how he spent one hundred days looking for rejection. As a result, Jai was able to overcome the pain of this rejection and came to realize the importance of not being afraid of rejection in the first place. As Wayne Gretzky said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

4. Richard St. John: 8 Secrets of Success



What does it take to be successful? The answer to this can have quite a long list. As a recruiter, this can range anywhere from helping a candidate land their dream job, to acquiring a new client, or moving up to a leadership position. Richard St. John gives a very efficient and concise take on how to achieve success and how you can identify what you are most passionate about in life and career.

5. Laura Vanderkam: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time



One of the most important skills to master to be an effective recruiter is time management. As recruiters we are always in “recruiter mode” and each day can bring on new challenges. However, it is imperative to find a balance between work time and free time. Laura Vanderkam suggests in her TEDTalk the ways we can better manage our time so that we can achieve that desired balance.

There are a multitude of TEDTalks out there that can not only motivate us as recruiters but, perhaps more importantly, open our mind to a new way of thinking about how we go about our day. By listening to and learning from someone else’s experience or perspective, we all can be inspired and achieve a greater measure of success.

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