Paul Darnell

Senior Recruiter

Paul Darnell

I’m Paul, I head up our Blockchain and DeFi desk at Source Control. Even before starting my Blockchain recruitment journey, I had a passion for the web3 space and truly believe in a decentralised future.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with companies big and small from start ups to established big names and have met some amazing people along the way.

When recruitment is done right, everyone’s a winner. Your client gets the highest calibre of candidate to join their team and your candidate get’s an amazing opportunity to grow their career with some incredible teams working on forward-thinking projects.

The roles i cover

- Blockchain Front End / Back End / Full Stack Engineers

- Smart Contract Engineer

- Smart Contract Auditor

- Blockchain Infrastructure Engineers

- Blockchain Solution Architect

- Blockchain Security Engineers

Using Languages like:

Javascript / Typescript

- React / Angular / Vue

- Solidity

- Rust

- Golang

- Python

My Process

Working across a broad spectrum of technologies means that I work very closely with our dedicated Consultants to understand the remits of the vacancies I’m tasked with filling.

I have a hyper-personalised candidate approach, often headhunting the best talent whether ‘active’ or ‘passive’ talent.

I’m thorough in understanding candidate’s situations and motivations which leads to a better relationship and service for the client.

Case Study

UK-based client needed an Angular engineer to build their trading platform but faced difficulty finding the right talent in the UK. Our consultant broadened the search to Europe and found a talented engineer based in Amsterdam.

The consultant supported the relocation process, and the engineer is now on-site and contributing to the client's platform.

This case highlights the success of expanding the search beyond geographical boundaries to find the best talent.


Thanks to Paul I have landed a position at, one of the biggest players in the crypto space, the interview process was longer than usual with the company but he was on top of every step, always up to date with where my process is, always super quick to answer my many questions and constantly getting my feedback about how everything is going on my end as well, really appreciated! Thanks Paul!

Othman El Jazouli

Paul helped land my current position, and he was an ace! He was very helpful, approachable and informative during the process. He gave me great tips for every step of the way, and gave frequent updates on how things are going. Thanks again, Paul!

Gabor Tatrai

Throughout my career, I have worked with many talent managers and recruiters. Paul stands out from the rest due to his unique ability to be close, understanding, supportive, transparent and, last but not least, knowledgeable of tech and the latest software tooling. In addition, our communication has always been excellent. Any concerns or questions have been swiftly resolved. After a few weeks of collaboration, I have landed my dream job at one of the greatest players in the crypto space. Thank you, Paul!

Augustin Udrea

Paul was very helpful during the interview process and he was very proactive and shared all the updates with me on time. I would recommend Paul for anyone looking to join any company as he is very well experienced and leaves no stone unturned to make sure interview process and the company get back to candidates as soon as possible.

Ajeet Yadav

Paul is outstanding in what he does. For the brief time we've worked together Paul has demonstrated extraordinary professionalism and work ethic. I was particularly impressed how mindful he is of every detail and follows up at every part of the recruiting process. As someone who has been around the block a few times I can highly recommend you work with him!

Georgi Ivanov

I highly recommend Paul as he's excellent at what he does. He ensured I was kept informed at every step of the way and gave me all information required to be successful. Incredibly professional, never missed a follow-up call. A genuine pleasure to work with.

Piotr Szypula

I can say with 100% confidence that Paul is one of the best recruiters that I have ever met. Not only because he takes care of finding the right positions for you and being supportive during the process, but also because he really takes care of people with capital "P". His approach to the recruiting process is personal and human. In my personal experience with him, I ended up rejecting an excellent offer after a positive process for me and the potential hiring company. Although this, Paul was extremely professional and human with me until the end. Even when my rejection impacted him negatively. This is a prove of a person that does human resources job with a human focus. I am really looking forward to collaborating with Paul in the future again and I hope many other Engineers like me can have the same experience in hiring processes.

Juan Pablo Royo Sales

Very professional Talent Partner and Head-hunter in Blockchain and DeFi area. Highly recommended.

Dmytro Kostrub

Paul is amazing! He helped me land my current position and I can't thank him enough for his support throughout the entire process. He was always available to answer any questions I had and made sure I was informed every step of the way. Paul's expertise and attention to detail are unparalleled, and I was impressed by his dedication to ensuring that everything went smoothly. If you're looking for a recruiter who will go above and beyond to help you achieve your goals, Paul is the person to contact.

Jens Felder

Paul is a skilled recruitment professional. The suitability and calibre of candidates introduced for assigned requisitions is high, with a good percentage reaching final interview or offer stage. Paul is thorough with his follow-ups and feedback and does a great job of staying close to his candidates, supporting them throughout the hiring process. Thank you Paul for all your help!

Alan Brophy

I highly recommend Paul as a recruiter! He played an instrumental role in helping me secure an amazing opportunity in the web3 industry. Throughout the entire recruitment process, Paul's communication skills were exceptional. He consistently kept me well-informed, promptly responding to my inquiries and providing regular updates on the progress. Paul's transparent approach made the journey smooth and stress-free, ensuring I was aware of every step along the way. His guidance and support were invaluable in navigating the complexities of the hiring process.

Panagiotis Ganelis

I strongly recommend Paul Darnell as a recruiter for your next job, who played a pivotal role in helping me secure a position at Blink Finance. Throughout the entire hiring process, Paul consistently demonstrated exceptional efficiency and effective communication. One aspect that stood out about Paul was his prompt decision-making. He recognized the value of time and often utilized direct phone calls instead of messages and emails to ensure swift progress. Thanks to his proactive approach, the interview process and completion of the required assessment tasks were completed in a remarkably short span of time. I am extremely satisfied with both the company and the position that Paul helped me secure. His ability to accurately match candidates with suitable roles is truly commendable. I highly recommend Paul as a skilled professional in the field of personnel recruitment.

Marat Nusurov