Top 10 Inspirational HR and Recruiting Quotes

These top 10 inspirational HR and recruiting quotes will brighten up the day of every recruiter and HR professional. Enjoy - and share them with your co-workers and friends who need a dose of inspiration or a sign of appreciation for their hard work! :)


Inspirational HR and recruiting quotes

If you are a recruiter or an HR professional looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve handpicked the very best HR and recruiting quotes that inspired me.

Some of them made me think and some of them made me smile. 🙂

I hope they’ll brighten up your day, too.


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Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #1

“Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.”

- Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts Limited


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #2

“Nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.”

- Lawrence Bossidy, Former COO of General Electric


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #3

“Recruitment IS marketing. If you’re a recruiter nowadays and you don’t see yourself as a marketer, you’re in the wrong profession.”

- Matthew Jeffrey, Global head of sourcing and employment brand at SAP


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #4

"The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area."

- Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft Corporation


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #5

“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

- Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #6

“If you hire good people, give them good jobs, and pay them good wages, generally something good is going to happen.”

- James Sinegal, Co-founder and former CEO of Costco Wholesale Corporation


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #7

"The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world."

- Steve Jobs, Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Apple


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #8

“Acquiring the right talent is the most important key to growth. Hiring was - and still is - the most important thing we do.”

- Marc Bennioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #9

“Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?”

- Thomas John Watson Sr., Former chairman and CEO of IBM


Inspirational HR and recruiting quote #10

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

 - Michael Jordan, American former professional basketball player


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Frequently asked questions

How does human resources influence the success of a business? 

Human resources play a pivotal role in business success by driving the operational core of the company, as emphasized by leaders like Steve Wynn.

What is the significance of hiring in business strategy? 

Hiring is fundamental in business strategy because it's about investing in people who ultimately bet on the company's future, as highlighted by Lawrence Bossidy.

How has the recruitment landscape evolved in recent times? 

Recruitment has transformed into a marketing role, where recruiters are now akin to marketers, a shift underscored by experts like Matthew Jeffrey.

What is the key to winning the talent competition in the corporate world? 

Offering flexibility and understanding the evolving needs of employees are key strategies to win the talent competition, a notion supported by Bill Gates.

Why is employee training and treatment pivotal in talent management? 

Investing in quality training and ensuring excellent treatment of employees encourage retention and loyalty, a strategy championed by Richard Branson.

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