Life at ISL

Who we are:

ISL is a Bristol based recruitment consultancy with a difference.

As an employer we challenge many of the norms of the recruitment industry.

We want to be a great place to work, creating an inspirational environment which promotes:

Autonomy

Autonomy

We give our employees the freedom to run their own desk. They make their own decisions around how they work with clients and candidates, how they prioritise their day, and ultimately find a way of working that suits their own skills and personality.

Maturity

Maturity

We pride ourselves on fostering a culture of respect for all colleagues and working in a style that gives you both support and guidance when you need it, but at the same time, the freedom and autonomy to lead your own desk.

Accountability

Accountability

Our wider business plan is designed based on the cumulative targets and goals of our team. This means everyone in the business understands how their individual contributions influence the business as a whole and allows individuals to identify what they need to do to achieve success, progression and rewards

Fun

Fun

We have developed a culture where we work hard, but also give people the freedom and confidence to make their workplace a fun and enjoyable place to come to every day. We offer a range of fantastic incentives, trips and group activities such as go karting, cooking classes, Michelin Star dining, and trips abroad.

We’ve grown steadily since 2007 by hiring experienced and highly motivated employees. As we continue growing within IT, Engineering and Public Sector, we recognise that the teams we create are instrumental to our success.

What makes us different?

Here at ISL we approach things differently. We understand the aspects of recruitment that many consultants dislike and make the job unnecessarily difficult.

We don’t believe in micromanagement and blanket KPI management techniques. We’re really proud to say that we were recently recognised for our approach to people management at the CIPD People Management Awards!

Our model is to offer our consultants a mature environment, with autonomy and freedom to run their desk, whilst offering support and guidance.

We believe we can offer an environment that’s as close to setting up your own business without the associated stress, risk and pressure. And you get to work with a great team!

How can you develop?

We understand that career progression is key to many of our consultants so it’s fully supported and encouraged.

We have different career development routes so you can progress your career in a way that suits your skill set.

Personal development and career progression of our employees is reviewed on a quarterly basis, and is a key discussion point during our monthly 1:1 review meetings.

  Levels

Trainee

Consultant

Principal Consultant

Team Leader

Practice Leader

  Support Roles

Sales Performance Coach

Internal Recruitment Manager

Office Support

Administration

 Future Roles

Business Development Manager

Marketing

Finance

HR

What do we look for?

Our consultants are what makes ISL successful and create our unique culture, so we are looking for the best talent around.

You’ll need to demonstrate professionalism, drive and tenacity to succeed.

In line with our culture of autonomy and independent working, you’ll need to be highly self-motivated, results orientated and disciplined.

Where we work

We moved into our office 1 year ago, we are based in central bristol on Baldwin Street (conveniently located next to St Nicholas market for amazing lunches!). We spent a long time choosing the right office, location was important, as was finding a space that we would enjoy working in!

What we do for fun

Although we believe in working hard, we also want everyone to have fun at work! These are a few of the things we do throughout the year…

  Monthly incentives & rewards
  Quarterly team incentives & rewards
  6 monthly incentive (currently an all-expense paid trip to the Algarve!)
  Individual rewards for personal achievement
  Weekly fitness training sessions
  Team ISL Tough Mudder Entry
  Half year conference & celebration (This year at the Avon Gorge Hotel)
  Regular company socials
  Charity events

Case studies

Emma from ISL Recruitment Bristol

Emma

Why did you join ISL?

I joined ISL because I wanted to work for a recruitment company that mirrored my values and had a great culture. Having worked in recruitment for over 8 years, and having experienced a range of recruitment cultures, it was important to me that ISL was a company which highly valued their culture and create an excellent working environment.

What is the best part of working at ISL?

The best part of working at ISL is our management style and our directors. Alan & Henry promote an environment in which consultants have a high degree of autonomy, flexibility and decision making power in regards to how they run their desk. Our directors do not believe in micromanagement, however they are extremely approachable and always on hand to offer guidance and support.

How would you describe the culture in 3 words?

Mature. Autonomous. Fun!

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Jon Holland

Why did you join ISL?

I joined ISL because I wanted to work for a company that has a great culture and allows me to work in the way that I like to. I came from a Civil Engineering background which is quite different from the world of recruitment, so it was important to find somewhere that had a dedicated development programme with career progression. Having started as trainee, I’ve worked my way up to Team Lead so three years on, I know I made the right choice!

What is the best part of working at ISL?

The best part of working at ISL is our culture. We promote an autonomous working environment so we’re not driven by counterproductive KPIs. We have the freedom to work with clients in the way that we feel right, so we are able to offer a bespoke service.
I must say, from an employee’s point of view, the incentives and rewards are pretty good too!

How would you describe the culture in 3 words?

Mature. Autonomous. Fun!

Milo Johnson

Why did you join ISL?

I joined ISL because as a fresh business graduate I was ready for a challenging role that offered equal reward for hard work. The ability at ISL to use a lot of the business methods I studied in a friendly environment was really appealing. 
The team I met throughout the interview process and the directors themselves came across like people I’d personally want to work with, yet with the drive to ensure I would join a successful company and give myself the best chance of being successful myself.

What is the best part of working at ISL?

The best part of working at ISL is a mixture of the culture and environment we create for ourselves – granted by the autonomy our directors allow us to operate within. This being somewhere we can be flexible with who we work with and how we work day to day. Both our directors do not believe in micromanagement, however they are extremely approachable and always on hand to offer guidance and support.

How would you describe the culture in 3 words?

Supportive, Enjoyable, Collaborative!

Alix ISL recruitment cases

Alix

Why did you join ISL?

ISL stood out to me because it offers autonomy, and the ability to truly make my own decisions about my work.

What is the best part of working at ISL?

Being able manage my own desk WITHOUT being micromanaged and having to constantly report on KPI’s. Equally, ISL offers a great working environment, a modern office, a great team, excellent remuneration and lots of rewards and incentives.

The ISL culture in 3 words:

Flexible, rewarding, entrepreneurial

If you have any questions about life at ISL, or would like to learn more about current opportunities at ISL, please get in touch for an informal chat:

Samantha Patten

Internal Recruitment Manager

Samantha Patten

  0117 4280600
  samantha@isluk.co.uk

 

If you have any questions about life at ISL, or would like to learn more about current opportunities at ISL, please get in touch for an informal chat:

Samantha Patten

Internal Recruitment Manager

Samantha Patten

  0117 4280600
  samantha@isluk.co.uk

 

Live Roles

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We had a great day at the UWE Bristol careers fair yesterday - we met so many talented and enthusiastic students!

If you're graduating next year and are keen to kick start your career in recruitment- get in touch! We're recruiting now and able to give offers to start in the summer.

If you're interested, be sure to email samantha@isluk.co.uk for a chat!

The ISL Training academy

If you’re considering a career in recruitment but don’t have previous experience then our Recruitment Training Academy could be the answer.

Through the academy you will receive a comprehensive, market leading training programme, during which you will be trained on the whole lifecycle of a Recruitment Consultant, covering all aspects of the recruitment role.

Irrespective of your current profession or educational status if you believe you display the character traits below, then our academy could offer you the perfect route into a successful recruitment career:

Tenacious

Tenacious
Strong Work Ethic

Resilience

Resilient

Proactive

Proactive
Persuasive

Goal focused

Goal Focused

Want some help deciding if recruitment is the correct career path for you? Then read the stories of some of our previous successful academy graduates.  

Milo

Why did you choose to pursue a career in recruitment?

I knew I wanted to work in a fast paced, commission driven environment where I was able to control my own earning potential. Recruitment was a natural choice!

Why did you choose ISL?

Knowing a few people who worked at ISL, I knew that it would be the right place for me. The autonomous culture and fun team atmosphere really appealed to me. The fact that I would have the freedom to my do role without being micromanaged was important.

How would you describe the academy?

A group based comprehensive training program that covered all aspects of the recruitment consultant role. Predominately practical training, with the right mix of theory and best practice. A good amount of support and advice from the experienced consultants, definitely a team culture where people are happy to help you out.

What do you think are top 3 attributes someone would need to join the academy?

Resilience, Confidence, Motivated

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Jon

Why did you choose to pursue a career in recruitment?

I wanted a career in where I could progress and earn substantial money quickly based on my results and performance, rather than time spent at an organisation and age.

Why did you choose ISL?

I chose ISL based on our directors, when I met Alan and Henry I felt they were the type of people I would enjoy working with. I also met with a number of the consultants and was impressed by how they described the working environment, their positivity, and the social side of the business.

How would you describe the academy?

A great introduction to recruitment, at the end of the 8 week training I felt prepared to move into a 360 consultant role. Doing the training with other trainees makes it a lot more fun, and I liked that they made it competitive with a weekly winner, with decent rewards for winning!

What do you think are top 3 attributes someone would need to join the academy?

Money motivated, Strong work ethic, Resilient

We are now recruiting for our next Academy to start in March 2018! If you are interested in learning more about the academy, please contact us for an initial chat, or submit your CV and any other relevant info!

Samantha Patten

Internal Recruitment Manager

Samantha Patten

  0117 4280600
  samantha@isluk.co.uk

 

We will be recruiting for our next Academy from early 2018. If you are interested in learning more about the Academy, please contact our Internal Recruitment Manager, Samantha, for an initial chat or to submit your CV.

Samantha Patten

Internal Recruitment Manager

Samantha Patten

  0117 4280600
  samantha@isluk.co.uk