• Time to re-think your CV?

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      At ISL we see hundreds of CVs. It’s a given that grammar and spelling have to be perfect, but if you are applying for a position which is likely to have many applicants somehow you need to attract the reader’s attention. We know our clients and their company culture so we can help review your CV to highlight areas we think can be tweaked to be more in tune with …

    • Changing your mindset – recruiters and recruitment agents

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      Do you ever get to the end of a morning and realise you’ve spent your whole time at your desk without actually speaking to anyone?  Whether you are recruiting or job hunting it is easy to get into the habit of relying on email for much of the process, when actually the quickest and easiest way to identify whether you wish to proceed is a conversation. Lou Adler wrote an …

    • Common Interview Mistakes

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      We often come across candidates who find the face to face interview process a daunting, nerve racking experience. Of course the more prepared you are the less nervous you should be. As part of your preparation it is worthwhile reminding yourself of the basics of good interview technique and at ISL we are happy to help candidates with this. Some interview mistakes, like being late or inappropriate jokes, are difficult …

    • Tips for your CV

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      Your LinkedIn profile may be 100% complete, your website brimming with information and your Facebook pages sufficiently sanitised for any employer to have a cursory glance, but the key piece of information remains the same; your CV. At ISL we encourage candidates to view their resume as their own shop window. A CV needs to attract the employer’s attention and then have sufficient substance that the employer is prepared to …

    • The Value of Professional Project Management

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      There can be no doubt that over the last 45 years, as the value of professional project management has been proven, project management has become an established, well paid career. Here at ISL we have seen how successfully run projects can make a real difference to the bottom line. If you are looking into moving into project management or just want to know a little bit more about it this …

    • Don’t dismiss the public sector

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       We often have candidates who approach us with the view, whatever the role the public sector is not for them. At ISL we believe you need to look beyond the old fashioned image of the public sector and look at a vacancy in detail. You may be surprised by some of the new roles coming up.  One area attracting attention right now is public sector procurement. The Prime Minister, David …

    • What Channels to use to get exposure for your job offers

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      At ISL we work hard for our employers and job applicants. The dawn of the internet has made the recruitment industry able to work faster, reach more employers and applicants and has opened up new avenues for us to identify candidates. At ISL we don’t just wait for the right candidate to approach us, we proactively search using both the traditional and relatively new Internet channels. In this article by …

    • Tips for being a successful project manager

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      In the IT sector we always have quite a large demand for strong, effective project managers. We have found that a project manager not only has to understand the details but often needs to be a leader as well. In an interesting article from Podio Blog, it talks about the essential skills required to be a project manager. If you are applying for a job or thinking of moving into …

    • What skills do you need to be a successful interim manager?

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      An interim manager often commands high remuneration packages, but this is because it is usually a demanding and complex role.  Nowadays it’s not sufficient to  just have an exemplary track record of delivery. Employers are looking for something more. A recent article in The Guardian identified the top five skills that employers look for in an interim manager. It is a great checklist to help prepare yourself for your next …