Marvin Smith

About the Author

Marvin Smith is veteran talent acquisition practitioner who focuses on strategic talent sourcing, talent community building, social recruiting, employment branding, and the use of technology to drive talent identification and engagement strategies. He has been on teams that were at the forefront of resurgence of talent sourcing as a strategic weapon in talent acquisition. These teams piloted groundbreaking programs (ERE-Media-award-winning) work that used business intelligence, data, and technology to segment the target talent audiences and build talent pipelines and communities. His current role is a strategic talent sourcing consultant with Lockheed Martin, where he is responsible for talent pipeline building for critical skills talent; project management of a RMP (recruitment marketing platform); and driving corporate-wide, talent community initiatives. Previously, he served as senior research recruiter on an internal executive recruiting team with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; a strategic sourcing program manager with Blackberry (Research In Motion); and a talent sourcer/program manager for Microsoft. He is a writer and speaker on the topics of talent communities, strategic talent sourcing, Moneyball sourcing, and talent acquisition strategies. You can follow his blog or join a community that he created on talent community development or follow him on Twitter.

The Top 16 Articles of 2016: #4 – Talent Sourcing In The Digital Era: Talent Sourcing Is So Much More Than Boolean

Editors Note: For the last 16 days of December, SourceCon will be resharing our most popular articles from the year.  Talent sourcing in the digital era continues to evolve and become more specialized. A decade ago, talent sourcers took leadership in social media and social recruiting. Today, talent sourcing are asked to wear…

9 Ways The Digital Era Has Impacted Talent Sourcing

I believe in the “why” before the “how.” The “why” in this conversation is why it seems that everything has changed in talent sourcing? The tried and true doesn’t seem to work. For example, creating a job description that presents a “challenging opportunity with a world class organization” does not generate the advertising…

“We Still Serve”

Editor’s note: There are new readers discovering SourceCon all of the time. With that in mind, we run popular posts from past years on occasion to highlight some of our older (but still great!) content. Thanks again to all Veterans. I found out that proper etiquette for veterans is to thank them for their…

Moneyball Sourcing: Don’t Overlook The Role That Tools Play In The Science Of Winning

In the decade since Michael Lewis published Moneyball, The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, “Moneyball” lessons and applications have become far reaching—even into sourcing and recruiting.  In previous articles, I have looked at Sourcing Through the Lens of Moneyball; illustrated how the principles of Moneyball are applicable to talent sourcing,  social recruiting…

Looking at Sourcing Through the Lens of Moneyball

In the middle of Moneyball, the movie, I thought to myself, the challenge that Brad Pitt’s character (Billy Beane) was facing reminded me of what we face in sourcing and recruiting. Brad Pitt (channeling Billy Beane) was expressing a sense of frustration that his scouts and team just didn’t get it — gut…

Why I Love SourceCon – Seeing Former Colleagues

SourceCon would not be SourceCon without Jim Stroud. Whether it is his cutting edge humor, his energetic vibe, or his dancing ability, Jim sets the tone for SourceCon. A great sourcer, trainer and creative force in sourcing, Jim assumes his master of ceremonies persona just prior to the first speaker and carries that…