Celebrating Success – 10 minutes with Emma

After Emma’s success of winning December’s employee of the month award, we sat down with her to discuss her time at ISL so far. Scroll down to read her story…

Tell us about your time at ISL so far…

My time at ISL so far has been amazing, it’s now coming up for 2 years since I started and it’s flown by. I’m on the London IT team and have recently changed markets from Product Management and UX design to .NET Development mainly because it fits in better with what the rest of the team do; I’m really enjoying it.

Biggest highlight at ISL so far?

I’ve had loads of highlights at ISL, but the one that stands out was lunch club at The Bath Priory. All lunch clubs are fun, but this particular one was great because the venue and food were amazing and it’s not somewhere I’d usually go. It was made even better by the fact that we went in the middle of the summer and were drinking cocktails and playing croquet in the garden- it was definitely one to remember!


If you could be someone famous for the day, who would you be and why?

David Attenborough- so I could go and see all of the animals!

How does it feel to win employee of the month?

It feels amazing to win. Recruitment is a tough industry and can be draining at times so to get recognition and someone to tell you you’ve done a good job is really great.

If you weren’t in recruitment, what would you be doing?

I have this idea of being a mum and running a business on the side. I’m really into interior design so I could see myself doing something along those lines.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt at ISL so far?

That you can never complete recruitment. I think it’s easy to start recruitment, have some success in the first few months and think you’ve nailed it. Having spent 3 years as a recruiter I’ve learnt that that’s not the case and that there’s always more to do and you can always better yourself. Don’t get too taken by the highs or lows, maintain a steady head and you’ll do well.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?

To be honest I just love being at home. I moved into my new house in 2018 and I love spending time there cooking, watching Netflix and spending time with my niece; I love chilling out.

What’s your next big purchase going to be?

…Hopefully a wedding… (hint, hint)!!

How do you define success?

In the short term, I’d define success as being a credible person that others go to for advice. If people actively come to you for advice, you’ve got to be doing something right. In the long term, success is retiring at 45 and buying a second home in Portugal!

Name one thing guaranteed to make you laugh in the office…

Jon, my team leader. I’m lucky I sit next to him because he’s hilarious and always has a story to tell. Even if you’re having a bad day you know it will be brightened by Jon’s funny stories!

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

The best part of being in recruitment is definitely the money. It’s a hard job, but if you put the time and the effort in, the money will reward you. I’ve achieved more in my 3 years of recruitment than I did in 8 years of other jobs. For the worst part, I’d say the fact that recruitment can be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and when it’s not in your control it can be difficult to deal with. But it’s important not to take things personally and to keep going.

Describe ISL in 3 words…

The first word is family. You get really close to the people you work with and everyone is really supportive of each other. I’d also say ISL is an encouraging and rewarding place to work.


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