Anthony Haynes writes: From time to time on this blog we seek to show what goes on in talent acquisition behind the scenes. We do this in the form of interviews with FJ Wilson Talent Services (FJWTS) staff. Here we’re pleased to publish our latest interview, with Business Development Executive, Julie Lloyd.
What’s your role at FJWTS?
I engage with professional associations, membership organisations and learning providers to explore whether we can assist them with their recruitment strategy.
I research organisations thoroughly to find the most appropriate way to reach out with our message. I can then quickly identify challenges and aspirations of hiring managers, share our success stories with them, and have honest and meaningful conversations from the start.
What experience do you bring to the role?
I previously worked in business development internationally, in various sectors including hotels and event management. Through this I became skilled at interpreting what people actually need from what they say they want, and then translating the specification into great customer service!
Success for me is about establishing a great rapport with a client and delivering on what is promised, so that we can build a longstanding relationship.
How did your move to the recruitment sector come about?
In 2016, when considering my next career move, I knew I had great transferable skills, so it was all about finding the right culture and manager who recognised my strengths and potential.
Two aspects were especially important. First, I like to be challenged and continuously learn. Second, I wanted an employer with an innovative and flexible approach.
I’m happy to say that I have certainly found that with FJWTS. When I applied for a Business Development role I was impressed from the start with the level of communication and information shared in the interaction with Fiona and the team. Nothing was left to chance, which was very reassuring.
What was your experience as a candidate of FJWTS?
FJWTS drove the process, were very organised and really cared about me and my goals and whether they aligned with the role and organisation. The flexible approach I was looking for was apparent from the beginning, as they work outside of normal office hours too. The team offered to call me in the evenings and at weekends, which was very much appreciated. They really took the time to get to know me, which was so refreshing compared to my experience with other agencies. That, in turn, made me more committed to the process.
I wanted to be the very best possible at interview and prepared well for it. With continual support and constructive feedback throughout the process, I knew that, whether I got the job or not, I had learnt a lot from such a positive experience.
The whole FJWTS team were so professional that I was convinced I wanted to be an ambassador for them. I think that passion ultimately showed in my final interview ‒ I was over the moon to be offered the role!
What makes FJWTS special?
Having been impressed with the FJWTS experience as a candidate, I was confident in delivering the message as an employee. We’re a niche agency and very focused in our approach – we don’t pretend to be all things to all people.
All my colleagues are highly experienced, with a reputation as experts in our market: I’m proud to be part of that success. It’s very rewarding to get positive feedback from clients and candidates alike – this is the very best kind of endorsement and makes everything worthwhile!