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Total Talent Management – Yet another TLA?

Total Talent Management – Yet another TLA?

So – it’s the latest in a long list of Recruitment Phraseology. Another TLA to add to our BS Bingo sheet…Or is it?

We have seen enough fads come and go. We have witnessed the Year of The Client.. and more recently the resurgence of the candidate.. and what this has led us to conclude – is that we STILL haven’t got the process right…..yet!

You see – in the world of employment – no one side should hold all the cards. The relationship between staff and corporation needs to be a mutually beneficial arrangement.

If one side is King – then the process is broken.

And this is where Total Talent Management comes in.

So What exactly is TTM?

The people you employ are your biggest asset. Your Talent.

What they do is critical to achieving organisational goals. It’s your biggest route to competitive advantage.

So – manage this… Invest in this…Make this your top priority.

Attract the most talented people…Keep them….Develop them

But of course it isn’t. We can all quote Enron as a glaring example

When we look at TTM – it needs to be truly holistic. At Enron – the staff were in possession of all the cards. Rewarding the Talent had become the overriding premise of the corporation. It had forgotten itself. It placed the needs of its staff ahead of the needs of customers and shareholders. It had stopped being a business. Talent will out… but not necessarily to the bottom line.

Enron took the brightest and best MBA’s that Harvard had to offer. On paper – these truly were the holy grail of the Talent war… but when the needs of the one outstrip the needs of the business there is a significant disconnect.

Total Talent Management is more than just hiring and retention. Its more than just staff.

We believe in stars – but we also believe in systems. A truly well managed company will have both. In order for a corporation to be successful it must coordinate the efforts and needs of many different people towards a business goal.

And this is TTM – a strategy designed to maximise the interdependence of company and employee to achieve a common objective. A shared agenda. Where individual brilliance and teams are aligned to the business strategy.

And when all this works – retaining and developing those talented individuals you hired in the first place becomes a whole lot easier!

BOO!!!

BOO!!!

Love it or loathe it – Halloween is upon us once again!

Superstitions and Folklore abound on All Hallows Eve – black cats, jack-o-lanterns, trick or treating and various other delights involving rather a lot of dead or spooky things!

In fact the tradition of Halloween is said to be a rather more Christian affair. Starting on Oct 31st “All Hallows Eve” supposedly starts off the festival observing Allhallowtide –  the time in the Christian Year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs and all the faithful departed believers.

Not quite so scary now hey!!

 

A lot of superstitions have their roots based in something relatively sensible, and the hauntings of Halloween got me to thinking about the superstitions we carry with us to work!

The really interesting thing about “superstitions” is that they may actually work!

Superstitions can give people a security and an elevated sense of belief in their own abilities and talents. Just think of the All Blacks and their Haka – that may take on an extra level of superstitious confidence and RWC2015 finals – on Halloween!

In the workplace – superstitions tend to be more of the lucky tie and socks variety – but I am taking a wild guess that most of us carry some form of “lucky” behaviour / clothing or ritual with us. Be that coffee in a certain mug or making the early train..

Here at Saxus and ISR we have a number of “lucky interview outfits” that apparently always have always worked – well, the people concerned now work here – so enough said!!

So enjoy the hauntings of Halloween, revel in the All blacks Haka – but for a bit of serious work advice take a read here:

https://www.recruiter.com/i/are-your-superstitions-hurting-your-job-hunt/

 

BOO!!!!!!

Good Morning Sunshine!

Good Morning Sunshine!

Whilst browsing some news articles this morning,this jumped out at me!! http://recruitingtimes.org/business-movers-shakers/7450/how-successful-people-start-their-day-infographic/

 

It was 6:20am and I was already at my desk – in my pyjamas (I work from home!) – doing everything that pre-children I swore I would never do… Tea, dressing gown, not at all ready for “work”. And yet – this quiet hour between 6 and 7am has become one of my most productive.

The way you start your day has an awful lot to do with how it will finish.

I am NOT a morning person. I don’t like the cold, not keen on the dark and I really love my bed. Yet this first hour of my day really sets me up.

Why?

What changed?

Well… to put it simply – my attitude. I could get up and GetON. Or I could get up and whinge. One way meant the work got done – which fires you up for more.

The other – well – you know how that one looks.

So stop pressing the snooze button. Welcome the day. Get up and Get ON – see how your start can affect your finish.

Your morning may not look how quite you imagined – but the results may surprise you. And there is no one size fits all for a morning routine. What matters is that it works – and it sets you up for the day ahead.

For me this means no procrastinating. Straight up – slippers on it’s true. But that first cuppa counts and that initial hour of quiet pyjama’ed productivity makes all the difference. I never thought I could love mornings.. but there is a quiet satisfaction in my new routine.

 

Take a look at the habits of some seriously successful people here.. http://recruitingtimes.org/business-movers-shakers/7450/how-successful-people-start-their-day-infographic/

Not your average Recruitment Company…

Not your average Recruitment Company…

Ruth Maskrey is our Senior Delivery Consultant. Ruth hails from sunny Stockport and prior to joining ISR spent her formative work life as a Soft Skill Systems Trainer and credits this as one of the keys to her success in the recruitment sector. Ruth is one of those rare individuals with an infectious personality who always has a smile on her face and a positive outlook, even in difficult situations. Ruth loves dealing with people, and is always committed to delivering outstanding service to everyone she interacts with and this comes across clearly to everyone who has the pleasure to speak with her!

Let’s see what Ruth had to say……..

 

  • WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = helping the candidates through their journey – knowing they have put the effort   and energy into the interviews, taken on board the preparation you have given them and then be offered the role J

Least = knowing a really good candidate has withdrawn from the process when it’s been a struggle to find somebody with the right skills

  • WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Candidate commitment

  • WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

Placing somebody in a role which took around 6 months from the start t to the end, the candidate relocated from Cheshire to London.  Met him recently and he loves his job and his family have settled into their new home

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

Managing staff / mentor

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

Market yourself, add more information on to your CV, be professional but friendly on the phone and don’t use the word “like!”

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

Be quicker with constructive feedback on why somebody isn’t right for the role

Tell us what you’re not looking for

  • LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Work life balance – knowing you have commitments but also knowing you have a role to fill

  • TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Trampolining – I used to compete before my kids were born and recently started going to an adult class – my mind says I can still do it but my body disagrees – brings back happy memories and my competitive streak!

Spinning – it’s a challenge every time I go, but so proud of myself for getting through the class alive

  • TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Liars

Lateness

  • WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

Que sera sera

  • WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Laying in a bubble bath watching Jeremy Kyle on YouTube

 

Contact Ruth on:

0161 972 4863
07463 071 240

 

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

Checking in as “Mr Smith”

 

Saxus Solutions is Mike Smiths’ 1st child – originally conceived back in 2003 – long before the 3 real children actually arrived on the scene.

Mike is a man with his own brand of work ethic. He works (and plays!) hard – and expects the same level of commitment from the team that he surrounds himself with. It was one of the major reasons why he chose to go it alone back in 2003. “I had fallen into recruitment almost by accident! Having spent 20 months overseas working in the fitness industry I returned to the UK without a clear plan. A friend introduced me to recruitment – and it turned out that working in fitness was a great grounding for sales. To get the best out of people in the Gym you need to find out what motivates them, their passions – and how to help them to keep going – turns out I am pretty good at finding out what makes people tick – and putting that to best effect”

Mike is a Sports Science graduate – and frequently has used sport as an analogy for business

It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. – Paul “Bear” Bryant

But most of all – this is a man who works as hard for your careers as he does for his own. He firmly believes that everyone has the right to enjoy, achieve and be rewarded in their working lives.

 

  • What are the most enjoyable aspects of recruiting?

We get people work – hopefully good and fulfilling work – what a great thing to be doing!

  • What is the biggest challenge of the job?

Ironically – given that we are a recruitment agency, the hardest thing is to find the right people to work internally. We are trying to create more than just your average recruitment agency – and that means we are looking for exceptional people to work for Saxus. People that share our vision and passion for getting people not just any job, but THE job. And we want people working for us that feel the same way about their own jobs!

  • What has been your most memorable moment in the job?

There have been so many over the years that it’s difficult to choose one – so I won’t. Instead I will say – that the things I remember best are our repeat customers. Candidates and clients alike – that come back to us to find the right fit. And that’s because we have provided a memorable service for them. These are the bits I remember best – and there are a lot of them!! Must be doing something right!!!

  • Why a merger?

As we all know all too well – the economic climate over the last 6 or so years has been challenging at best. We aren’t an enormous agency – we value the personal touch. But that brings with it a different set of issues – and merging with a like-minded organisation has been the best way to capitalise on the now (hopefully continuing!)improving economy, and thereby enable us to continue offering our best in class service.

  • Why choose ISR to partner?

ISR was the natural choice – I have known Iain personally for 20 years – I know how hard he works and how committed he is. We share a similar background – and we definitely share the same vision.

  • Where do you see IS Recruitment / SAXUS Solutions in 10 years??

As a highly respected services company that offers a diverse set of solutions, throughout Europe!

  • Any top tips for candidates?

Easy – Preparation! It’s critical! We can help with this!!

  • Any top tips for clients?

Hire for potential. By that I mean look for those candidates that show a willingness and ability – but necessarily all the current correct skills. Think long term. If a candidate can already do everything then where do they go? If you can take the right attitude and develop it – you may have a total career match!

  • What is your advice for anyone looking for a career in recruitment?

Take a long term view and make sure your success is by design and not through luck. Design a process that works for you, understand your business and do not focus on the money. If you focus on the service, the financial and personal rewards will come!

  • How do you maintain balance?

This is a difficult one, and one we all need to work at constantly. I love my job – and I think it’s really important for my kids to see me work hard and be happy doing so. That said – I also have to remember to evaluate all my opportunities. There may be another time to have a meeting – but my kids will only ever have one 1st day of starting school. It’s about working smarter these days. Use the advances in technology to our advantage, make the time count – and that gives you the opportunity to ensure that there is a balance.. but it’s tricky.. perhaps the best advice is to turn the work mobile off for at least some of your weekend… down time does make you more productive..

  • Life’s biggest challenge?

Not checking your work emails all weekend!! What was that I said about balance?!

  • Two hobbies – and why??

Running – I have run track all my life and have really enjoyed getting back into it again as a “veteran” athlete. I love the challenge, it keeps me fit and is a great way to let off steam

Reading and Learning. Not something I would ever have considered as a hobby at school – but I am now a voracious reader. I am also studying for a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology – and the reason why we do the things we do is fascinating. There are books everywhere in our house – from the dodgy chick lit (my wife NOT me!) to Foucault to “the Tiger who came to Tea”. I am hoping that my kids will also learn to love learning – just because you can rather than necessarily to pass a test!

  • Two pet hates and why?

Liars – I can deal with most things – but people who try to squirm out things by lying don’t go down well. We all screw up – it’s how you deal with it that makes the difference!

Mess… interestingly none of us in my family are great at being tidy – yet we all hate mess… There is obviously a solution that we haven’t figured out yet.. But I would love to be better at sorting the chaos of a home with 3 young kids!

  • What’s one quote that you live your life by??

Play the Hand you are dealt!!

Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.

  • What is your guilty pleasure?

I am lucky in that my life is full of experiences that give me pleasure. As for a guilty one…..if it made me feel guilty I probably would not do it…either that or I just do not have a conscience!!

And so there you have it – Mr Smith. A man who genuinely believes that excellence is a direct result of always trying to do better. And in that respect – we can all achieve excellence – just keep on keeping on!!

 

Contact Mike at:

Saxus
45 Beech St
London
EC2Y 8AD

TEL: 0207 953 9760
FAX: 0207 593 9764

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

MEET OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER

 

The IS Recruitment team is continuing to grow to meet the increasing needs of our clients and we are excited to announce that we’ve added a new member to our team. Emma Lloyd joins us as a Senior Consultant. Emma has spent the last 12 years, providing Change and Transformation recruitment & consultancy services to various sectors particularly within the financial services arena.  Emma’s direct and personal style, has allowed her to develop long lasting business relationships over the years, most of which are still ongoing.

Having represented her county & country she is particularly proud to have a World Team Championship and World Individual title to her name at the Mounted Games. Emma has developed a sense of discipline and dedication which she applied to her career and credits this as one of the reasons for her success.

Let’s see what Emma had to say further;

 

  • WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = People and relationships are the best part of my job.

Least = I find it so hard to see really great people who are out of work lose their self-belief.

  • WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Not enough hours in the day!

 

  • WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

I have been really lucky to work on some complex Change & Transformation programmes over the last decade.  I can’t single just one moment out, but I get a real sense of pride from my candidates or consultants from a week, month, year or decade ago delivering high impact change.

 

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

In an ideal world opening an office for ISR in Barbados!

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

It is really important to take the time to get your submission right first time – there are rarely second chances!  Work with your recruitment consultant to understand the role, culture and the clients’ goals before preparing your resume & additional information.

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

It’s really important that the right balance is found between the delivery requirements of the business against procurement/HR’s drive to reduce recruitment spend. Once the right recruitment/resource partner has been selected then open & honest communication throughout the process is paramount.

 

  • LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Utilising your time properly, it is so easy to get caught up in the ‘trivial’ that you miss what is really important.

 

  • TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Horses have been a huge part of my life and I am really grateful for the opportunities I have been given; I’m particularly proud of representing my county, region & country in a number of disciplines.

 

I’m a sports fan in general but I’m an MUFC girl (tricky when my boss is a blue).

 

  • TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Traffic jams and ‘Middle-lane hogs’ – I spend far too much time sat in traffic jams and a lot of these could be avoided if only people could drive properly!

 

  • WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

Go hard or go home!

 

  • WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Taylor Swift!

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

Michael O’Leary is our resident Insurance and Wealth Management Consultant here at Saxus; he has been with the organisation since 2011 after studying in Computing and Management at Loughborough University, which has enabled him to have a deeper understanding of IT Recruitment and the latest technologies. Michael plays an integral role in the team here at Saxus having worked on all areas of the business over the last 4+ years covering the full project lifecycles and numerous technologies (.NET being the most prominent).

Michael prides himself on getting to know both his candidates and clients personally to ensure that the optimum level of service is delivered consistently. He doesn’t just know technical people – he actually knows what those people do.

Let’s see what Michael had to say…

WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = Helping people into work / that ideal job

Least = Candidates that don’t turn up to arranged interviews/then dodge all efforts which is made to contact them.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Changing the somewhat tainted opinion of the stereotypical ‘recruiter’. in doing so, opening up clients eyes to better ways of working

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

Placing your first candidate is always up there

 

WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

Who knows!?

 

ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

In-depth interview preparation – looking at the company website is very veneer and everybody does that. More is needed in order to stand out from the rest.

 

ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

Feedback – whether good or bad is always key!

 

LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Not enough hours in the day

 

TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Fitness – Personally a healthy lifestyle and exercise plays a pivotal role in my life

Football – has been since a very young age

 

TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Plug socket switches ‘on’ & not off

People using ‘like’ as a fill word

 

WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

 “Speak how you wish to be spoken to, Treat people how you want to be treated”

 

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Farley’s rusks! :)

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

THIS MONTH WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR TEAM ADMINISTRATOR HOLLIE MARTIN.

As ISR’s Team Administrator, Hollie is command central and keeps us all organised. And while we could speak of her gazillion daily accomplishments, we’ll just cut to the chase and simply state that her multi-tasking abilities is simply superhuman.

If there was a competition for managing multiple activities from several phone conversations, whilst simultaneously engaging with people at her desk, solving scheduling conflicts, fixing the printer, preparing reports, processing payments, invoices and generally keeping the team happy we are confident Hollie would take the prize.

Along with her practical, common sense and willingness to help all who ask, Hollie also possesses a wonderful (& necessary) sense of humour.

Let’s see what Hollie had to say

 

  • WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = seeing how happy the recruiters are when they have helped a candidate get a job.

Least = When a candidate is unsuccessful in their interview.

 

  • WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Making sure contractors get their timesheets in on time.

 

  • WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

Putting together our ‘Grand Opening and 10 year anniversary’ event.

 

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

Hopefully managing an admin team

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

Always spell check your C.V and plan your journey to your interview to make sure you won’t be late.

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

The more information we receive, the better service we can provide.

 

  • LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Juggling work whilst being a mum to two children, with one going through terrible twos.

 

  • TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Taking the kids out on days out and dancing in shows such as musicals and pantomimes.

 

  • TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Rudeness and people being petty – just because it’s not nice.

 

  • WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

YOLO

 

  • WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

All reality T.V

7 Key Soft Skills for Career Success

7 Key Soft Skills for Career Success

Softly Softly…

So today at Saxus – we are about to go all touchy feely – and talk about some of the less tangible aspects of career pathway.Your “soft skills” – you all know – that section in our CV where we all cheerfully list great communication and people skills. But what does this actually mean? We all seem to want to have that elusive “team-working” element to our career, those “leadership qualities”….

But how do you truly embody what it means?

How do you turn “soft” (and therefore somewhat nebulous!) skills into something real – and totally knock out when it comes to gaining and keeping employment?

Firstly – we need to consider what these skills actually are!

“Hard skills” are easy!! Is that a contradiction in terms? Not so – your hard skills are those that are job specific.They are your minimum standards to actually be able to do a job.They are also the skills that are easiest to acquire provided you undertake the relevant training.They are clear, definable, easily demonstrable and testable. Easy!

“Soft Skills” are so much more than just a test!! These skills are much more about relationships and attitudes and may ultimately be the determining factor in your levels of success.These are the skills that are the differentiator – after all there are hundreds of IT professionals out there with C++ or java skills – you can all operate the same technologies – but it’s your “soft skills” that will make you stand out. They are your own personal Unique Selling Point!

Good news is you can train them and improve on them so don’t panic! Bad news is – it can be much harder and there is no clear measure of your success, no exam you can pass. However – even by reading this article is going to pay dividends for you when it comes to improving your soft skill-set. A lot of work you can do in this area relates to Emotional Intelligence (EI) – the ability to recognise and manage emotions in yourself and others – and there is lots of further reading you can do in this area.

The Key Soft Skills:

  • Communication Skills

Ever seen a job advert that doesn’t want people with good communication skills? Neither have we! This is the “killer skill” – and nearly always top of the list when it comes to a soft skill-set description! Closely followed by good team-working….

If you do nothing else when it comes to thinking about your soft skills – then consider this at least! Individuals with strong communication skills are excellent at relationship and rapport building, not because they are great talkers but because they are great listeners! Communication is a 2 way street and those people that listen effectively are able to alter their communication to suit the circumstances.

It’s like we all have told our kids… “2 ears and 1 mouth – for a reason”!!

  • Self Motivation

This is relatively self explanatory – and easily practised! Self starting individuals are able to get on task – by themselves!! They don’t need constant reminders and can be counted on to keep on task. Being resilient and adaptable help enormously here as these skill subsets really help when you need to keep going in challenging circumstances.Good news here is that even the most basic of tasks – like cooking a new meal from scratch can help with this.Self motivated individuals tend to be positive ones – and can be some of the best people to work with.

  •  Decision Making 

Frequently in work, as in life, it’s not the actual decision you make that matters – it’s the fact that you were not paralysed by making it! The ability to make choices and move on is valued by employers immensely, and is often an overlooked ability!

  • Team-Working Skills 

This is another area that we all cheerfully list out on our CV – but what does it actually mean.Well for starters that ability to listen and adapt goes a long way in being a successful team player.Using your EI to recognise strengths, weaknesses and emotions also helps. Being able to lead, make decisions where appropriate, delegate or step in… These are all team working skills. Good news is that there are many course available to help in this area – and if that isn’t your bag – try an adventure race (yes I am serious!!) – There is nothing like a bit of mud, cold and adversity to help pull a team together… you may ask for feedback on this one as I will be putting my own advice into practice in September!!!

  • Creativity and Problem Solving Skills

Some people believe that you are born either with or without the ability to think creatively – and whilst it’s true that there are definitely some people who find they have innate talent in this area – it is far from true that we can’t improve on them.There are many “puzzles” in your daily paper that help to stimulate the mind to work in directions you hadn’t previously considered.Use books like the Mind Gym (see Further Reading!) to help you train your brain… and here goes a radical idea…. Talk to kids!! They aren’t as constrained by the dictates of society as we are, and will frequently come up with some incredible methods of solving problems that we would discount out of hand!!

  •  Time Management and ability to work under pressure

Some people do seem to thrive on stress and so it’s been suggested that the ability to work under pressure is an “attitude” rather than a skill…But there is a reason why Pilots spend many hours in flight simulations! It is because the ability to perform under pressure is trainable! Practice does make perfect – and if you know your stuff – you almost go into autopilot in these situations.This is definitely an area you can hone! And Time Management sits hand in hand here – as the ability to be in control of your environment (time) helps to keep that pressure under control too.There are many time management tools out there these days – your phone can schedule your life – so maximise the time you have effectively to help ensure that you get the job done!

  •  Leadership Skills 

There are many leadership training courses available and much has been written about how to develop your leadership skills – we will cover these in more detail in another blog post!! Needless to say – this is one area where it’s often useful to have others input rather than just attempt to up-skill all by yourself. In the meantime – take a look at what makes a good (and bad!) leader – just being aware can help you to make positive changes here!
An awful lot of improving in the area of Soft Skills– is down to being more aware – of yourself, of others and of what is happening around you – so take a look at our further reading list. Be proactive – take on the challenge of improving in all areas of your career – and please let us know if you find a great read or tip – we can all benefit from a little bit of “softly softy”!

Further Reading:

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills: Workplace Lessons Smart People Wish They’d Learned Sooner

By Peggy Klaus

Unshrink: Yourself, Other People, Business, the World

By Max McKeown and Philip Whiteley

Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual

By John Sonmez

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

By Daniel Goleman

Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

Emotional Intelligence: How They Determine Our Success – Increase Your EQ by Mastering Your Emotions

By Dan Miller

Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently

By Sebastian Bailey

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

IS Recruitment (ISR) prides itself on offering a service that is truly is second-to-none; and that is an ethos that is demonstrated daily by every single member of the ISR team. True vision has to come from somewhere – and so this week we are starting at the top. In a series of articles – we will introduce you to members of the ISR team and show you a bit more about the people behind the service!

Iain Brassell – MD – to give him his official title – but Iain is, and has always been about much more than just a job title and a role description. After graduating from the University of Keele, he joined British Car Auctions as a Graduate Management Trainee and completed the program in record time. This was a fantastic grounding in sales – but not the “career” that Iain was looking for. After approaching several employment agencies as a job seeker – he became the sought after one! Three of the agencies suggested to Iain that a career in recruitment may be a better fit for him – and so – with an enviable degree of foresight, Iain took a salary cut to start out on the road to running a highly successful agency himself.

Recruitment isn’t the easiest of career choices. All too often you are caught between the needs of the candidate and the needs of the client – and it can be a tight place to sit. Nearly 20 years after that first move into the world of work placement – it is really obvious to see that the reason Iain has been so successful is that he has a true passion for changing people’s lives – with the RIGHT job and company.

It has been this passion that led Iain to set up ISR 10 years ago. “Setting up on my own has enabled me to do even more towards helping other people achieve the kind of career satisfaction I have. I can affect the people who work for me directly – as well as those candidates and clients that use ISR to provide their staffing solutions. I wanted to be seen as a partner of choice for the right reasons and for our focus to be on the quality of service provided to both our clients and candidates alike and the journey they both experienced; as opposed to winning new business and building account delivery teams to service those needs. I felt it was the direction in which the Recruitment Industry needed to be heading and I wanted to champion the relationship elements to our business founded on personal trust and genuine honesty and hard-work.”

More recently ISR acquired Saxus Solutions to create a larger company with a shared vision and values. The acquisition is providing Iain with new and interesting challenges every single day – to step away from the coal-face and work at a more strategic level as the overall MD of the new company! Iain has always led from the front in terms of his passion, hard-work and his approach to continuous learning and personal/professional development.

What strikes me as perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new MD is the level of loyalty that he has inspired; it is true to say that more than half the current staff have been with ISR for longer than 5 years! Making the right career and personnel choices is crucial and it is obvious to everyone who works for, and with Iain, that he puts this at the forefront of everything he does.

So please take an inside view of Mr. Brassell – just don’t hold his football team choices against him!! :)

What are the most/least enjoyable aspects of recruiting?

Most = changing people’s lives with new careers.

Least = candidates who don’t work out once placed.

What is the biggest challenge of the job?

My biggest challenge at the moment is being forced to change my working practises of 19 years and start to “work on the business and not in it”!

What has been your most memorable moment in the job?

The day I decided to leave Manchester and spend 6 years in London – this proved to be my biggest single step in Recruitment, even bigger than setting up ISR 10 years ago.

Where do you see IS Recruitment in 10 years?

Hopefully with as many of the team that are with us today still working for us; an office in Europe and additional offices across the UK.

Any top tips for candidates?

Be responsive and engaging at all times. Spell-check your CV before submittal, prepare thoroughly for interviews and feedback as much as you can following your interviews.

Any top tips for clients?

Work in partnership with your recruiters and they will give you a better service than you can ever imagine – give them the information they need, your time to review CVs and conduct interviews and you will see the results.

Life’s biggest challenge?

Getting from Monday to Friday and then having to switch off at the weekend.

Two hobbies – and why?

Poker and music – I find poker challenging and music relaxing – the two together works very well!

Two pet hates and why?

Arrogance and lies. I came from nothing and appreciate everything I receive and achieve; I don’t understand those that don’t! Integrity and trust are the core foundations on which I engage and build relationships.

What’s one quote that you live your life by?

“Never ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t be prepared to do yourself”

What is your guilty pleasure?

MCFC away days.

ISR opened their new office in Sale, Manchester last week and celebrated their 10th anniversary

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