So who is Phil Wolfenden? A look behind the scenes in talent acquisition

Anthony Haynes writes: One of the aims of this blog is show behind the scenes at FJWilson and introduce the team. Here we introduce Phil Wolfenden.

PhilQ. What’s your role at FJWilson?

Phil: Talent Resourcer.

Q. And what does that work involve?

Phil: Once our Business Development team have taken on a role, they will brief me as to the requirements. I will then use a mixture of sources, including our database, research, networking, referrals, social media, and on-line CV boards to source suitable candidates for the role.

Having been identified as potentially suitable candidates, they will be contacted with a view to being interviewed and briefed with regard to the role.

Q. What’s the attraction of working in talent acquisition? What makes the work satisfying?

Phil: Ensuring the client is presented with the very best candidates available — and that both clients and candidates receive a professional service.

Q. What’s your background?

Phil: I started work in recruitment after graduating university in London. I worked in the City of London for ten years recruiting for major Investment banks and fund managers.

I met Fiona Wilson (Managing Director of FJWilson) when she became the UK Director of the banking and finance recruitment business “Jonathan Wren”, part of the Adecco Group.  I was managing her Bristol branch.

I work school hours during term time as I am the main child carer for our two daughters — my wife works long hours, often with overnight stays in London.  Working for FJWilson allows me the flexibility I require to be able to both work and care for my daughters.

Q. What advice  would you give candidates?

Phil: Apply for roles for which you have relevant experience as this will lead to far fewer disappointments!

Other posts in our ‘behind the scenes’ series include: ‘Who is Dilly Clack?‘ (26 April) and ‘Who is FJWilson?‘ (12 April).

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