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.

When you start your journey with us as a Trainee, you’re focus will be progressing through the ranks to Senior Consultant.

Once you reach Senior Consultant, you’ll have a choice of two development paths, a sales route or people leadership route. You’ll work with your Team Leader and our L&D Manager to identify the right path for you.

OR

People Leadership Route

Working alongside our sales team is our support team, including our BD Managers, L&D Manager, and marketing function.

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 at ISL Recruitment

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. ISL came across as a company that really care about their employees and their progression, and that was something I wanted to be part of.

What is the best part of working at ISL?

The best part of working at ISL is the team atmosphere. It’s great working with colleagues that all share the same goal. Everyone here is very supportive of one another and there’s always someone on hand to offer help and advice if you need it.

How would you describe the culture in 3 words?

Encouraging, supportive and rewarding!

Eljay

Why did you join ISL?

ISL stood out to me because as a fresh graduate, I was ready for a challenging role that offered equal reward for hard work. I wanted to be a part of a driven team where I could contribute to the company’s success.

What is the best part of working at ISL?

For me, the best part of working at ISL is our culture. We work in an autonomous environment, which means we’re not driven by counterproductive KPI’s meaning we have the freedom to run our own desks, working in the way that most suits us.

How would you describe the culture in 3 words?

Mature, collaborative, entrepreneurial

Imogen

Why did you join ISL?

I joined ISL because of the training and support they offer. They have a specialist Learning and Development Manager who tailors’ sessions to suit you. I found the variety of training methods and the mixture of hands-on and classroom-based learning gave me best start in my recruitment career!

What is the best part of working at ISL?

The best part of working at ISL is the fact that I’m able to manage my own desk without being micromanaged and having to constantly report on KPI’s. The working environment at ISL is also great; we have a modern office, a great team and lots of rewards and incentives!

How would you describe the culture in 3 words?

Flexible, fun and autonomous

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

 

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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

Jon ISL recruitment cases

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

Rebeka

Why did you choose to pursue a career in recruitment?

I wanted to work in a role where I could progress quickly and earn great money. It was important to me that my salary matched my results.

Why did you choose ISL?

I chose ISL because after meeting some of the team, I was impressed by the way they described the working environment and the social side of the business. I could see that they were people I’d enjoy working with.

How would you describe the academy?

The academy is a great introduction into recruitment. By the end of the 8 week training I felt completely prepared to move into a 360 consultant role. I also completed my training with a group of other trainees which made it really fun!

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

Money motivated, strong work ethic, driven!

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