Meet SourceCon Spring Speaker Jason Roberts

Editor’s note: the Meet the Speakers series is designed to introduce the SourceCon audience to the speakers who will be presenting at SourceCon Atlanta in February. 

Tell us about your background, how you became a sourcing professional, and what you do currently.

My first recruiting job was actually in sourcing. I had a buddy in the late 90’s who was an agency recruiter. He seemed to think this internet thing might have some technology candidates on it and asked if I knew how to work the internet. I was happy to split fees with him on candidates I found on Headhunter.net and Career Mosaic. Currently, I am Vice President, Operations, at Randstad SourceRight.

Tell us about the presentation you have planned for SourceCon. What takeaways should attendees expect?

I think managing a sourcing team is incredibly difficult. The metrics for sourcers are much murkier than they are for a recruiter. The system that has worked for me is something I call the Sourcing Operating System. Just like a computer needs a basic set of rules, processes, and procedures found in the core operating system, businesses need rules, processes, procedures, measures, and meetings. In my session I simply lay out the operating system I have found effective.

Why would it be unwise for someone to miss your session?

They would miss this insatiable wit!

Have you been to SourceCon in the past? What are you most excited about?

I have. I always enjoy sitting with luminaries in our business and discussing the issues of the day. The insights I tend to gain in those conversations is invaluable.

How do you feel about the future of sourcing?

I think the value proposition for sourcing is changing as we speak. The guy with the best search string is no longer king. Instead, the person who can best engage candidates and entice them to move forward in the process is growing to be the most important person in the recruiting life cycle.

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What new tools are you experimenting with that you find interesting?

Anything Mike Notaro builds.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that has nothing to do with what you do professionally.

I am a ridiculous super hero fan that will sit and talk backstories and secret identities of obscure characters for hours.  Fellow geeks, hit me up and I will tell you of the tragic loss of Wally West and why I think Tim Drake got a raw deal in the new 52.

What is your favorite social network? Why?

I tend to spend more personal time on Facebook and professional time on Twitter and LinkedIn. My teenage daughter scoffs at me and will only use SnapChat and Intagram.

Jeremy Roberts, SPHR, is VP, Customer Experience at HiringSolved. He is the previous Editor of SourceCon. Prior to joining the ERE Media team, he spent over a decade working as a recruiter, sourcer, and sourcing manager. This time was spent in diverse environments, including third party agency settings (retained and contingent), recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) providers, and internal corporate HR departments. His previous employers include the MHA Group, Ajilon Finance, Korn Ferry Futurestep, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, and Randstad Sourceright, US. He resides in Corinth, TX with his wife and 3 children.

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