Showcasing Our Team

A huge welcome to Beth, who is joining our team as our newest Delivery Consultant! It was great to catch up with Beth after her first week and ask a few questions: How did you come to apply for ISL? I was moving to Bristol and was looking for jobs, so I went on Google,

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Stand Out to a Start Up: 4 Qualities Tech Startups Want in a New Hire

Being at the core of a growing tech company can be exhilarating, surrounded by the buzz of innovation, and celebrating each milestone. It’s not all ping pong and staff drinks; there are obvious risks that come with joining a company in its early days. If you are passionate about the industry and want to stand

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Celebrating Success

With August’s Employee of the month- Jack! How does it feel to win employee of the month? It feels really good to be recognised, especially after having a good month. I feel proud of my performance and feel motivated to do it all again. How has the pandemic affected your work? It took a big

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How to Grow Your Tech Startup With Effective Employer Branding

Effective employer branding boasts the ability to halve your average cost per hire and reduce employee turnover by almost 30%. At the startup stage you may feel stretched thin and dismiss employer branding as something you can put your time into later down the line. Don’t make that mistake. In today’s competitive talent market, it

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3 Ways to De-risk Recruitment to Grow your Tech Startup

Post covid, the market is hot and competition for talent is fierce. 87% of companies are anticipating hiring in quarter 3. As a startup, hiring the right people will be daunting, but with the right plan and best practice delivery, your new hires will soon be joining your growing team. It’s time to cast your line and secure the right talent

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Selling the Story of You: Transform Your Graduate Tech CV

Last year was one of the hardest years to be a tech graduate searching for work. The uncertainty of covid coupled with the financial crash left very little in terms of job opportunities. As life slowly settles into a new normal and job opportunities open, it’s time to go out and get that job. The

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Celebrating Success

With May’s Employee of the Month – Emma! How have you found rejoining ISL after maternity leave and during a pandemic? It’s been crazy. I was nervous about it because I was out of the office for 15 months in total and I knew it was going to be a massive change for me personally

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How to shape your people strategy before you raise venture funding

Article originally featured on Capitalex We asked Alan Furley, CEO of ISL Recruitment, for his advice on shaping people strategy prior to raising investment. ISL specialises in building teams for high growth SMEs operating within the technology and engineering sectors: I’ve spent most of my career working with technology companies, helping them grow by finding

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Is the CV dead?

The first professional CV was created in 1482 by Leonardo de Vinci. After over 500 years, we thought it was about time talked about why we still put CV at the heart of our hiring process. For startups and scaleups, attracting and assessing the best talent is such an important part of their success. Bad

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Would you recommend us? That’s great!

NPS – our number for 2021 2020, what a year! We know we’re not alone in feeling like that. But where we think we are a little different, particularly compared to some in the recruitment industry, is how we’re going to measure success in 2021. Throughout 2020 we learned an awful lot. We saw the

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Celebrating Success

With November’s Employee of the month – Freya! How does it feel to win employee of the month? It feels really good! After months and months of hard work and build up, November turned out to be absolutely insane, my best month in recruitment yet! It’s amazing to be seen and appreciated when this year

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Scaleup Diaries: Learning from Scaleups

Scaleups reacting to the pandemic For our latest Scaleup Diaries podcast, we sat down with Alex Packham, CEO and Founder at ContentCal, to chat about the effects COVID-19 has had on scaleups. How is ContentCal adapting their hiring strategy? “I think the most important thing to remember is that it’s okay not to have all

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The Kickstart Scheme

Back in July the Government announced their plan for helping young people aged 16-24 overcome significant unemployment challenges by subsiding employers who want to hire new roles to grow their firms. They’ve called it the Kickstart Scheme and September saw the details announced, letting employers know how they can benefit from the subsidies while giving

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Alan Furley Talks Recruitment In Tech

An interview with Lola Sherwin for High Profile Magazine What was it that drove you to pursue a career in recruitment within the tech industry? I was drawn to recruitment because I felt that it offered me the opportunity to progress based on my achievements. I did a placement year when I was at university,

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Hiring and retaining tech talent remotely

Why culture is key We’ve all had to change our tactics when it comes to our hiring strategy, and although some of our priorities may have changed, culture remains king. Good company culture is at the heart of both a good hiring strategy and retaining that talent once you’ve successfully onboarded them. But how can

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Learning & Development resources for tech talent during COVID-19

*If you’re interested in any of the topics we cover below and would like more information, download the report at the bottom of this page (it’s free and there’s no sign up required.) It’s a very uncertain time. No one knows what the future will look like and many of us find ourselves with more

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How do you retain your employees during a pandemic?

The world right now is one many of us never thought we would see. It’s starting to look like one of those end-of-the-world movies, where life is completely flipped upside down. We are all trying to continue business as usual, but it’s tough. It’s not just about focusing on the here and now, but we

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Video Interviewing: hiring remotely

The future is here The world is a strange and unfamiliar place right now. More than ever, we are having to rely on technology to keep us connected and keep our businesses running. Video communication is proving to be invaluable in this current climate. No doubt you’re using it to communicate internally, but for businesses

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The 2020 Retention Report

The primary meaning of the word retention in the Oxford Dictionary is explained as “the act of keeping something rather than losing it or stopping it” I’d argue that when applied to talent, this misses the importance of creating the right environment to retain, which is often a more complex issue.  It has been our

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