Political Contributor Lists Can Be A Great Way to Source (Job) Candidates

I rediscovered FEC.gov recently when trying to pull a list of RNs in New Mexico. I’ve used this in the past for different roles and it’s been very effective for pulling a list of names of folks who may not have their resumes out there.  This is a free resource, and you don’t have to sign-up or join to access this information.

Krista Bradford originally wrote about this method back in 2002, so I’d like to give credit to her for the great find that is STILL working 14 years later.

Start by going here.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see the following search criteria

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FEC search box

Search by city or state, enter a job title and you can pull a list of contributor names by job title. It’s pretty easy to cross reference on LinkedIn, job boards, and Twitter with the full names, zip code, and a specific job title.

It’s been a great resource for less populated areas or for less active candidate pools. I’ve hidden the names in the screenshot below to protect the innocent.

FEC names list

Greg Hawkes is a Strategic Talent Sourcer, Speaker, Author, and Founder of the HRSourcingToolbox. He has worked as both a Technical Recruiter and Sourcing Analyst for healthcare, engineering, biotechnology, manufacturing and many other industries. He has been in the recruitment field for over 10 years, and got into heavy sourcing and headhunting back in 2012. He is an ongoing contributor to SourceCon – with topics ranging from Site Searches and CSEs, to Deep Dives andURL Sourcing. While preparing to speak at SourceCon 2017, he built the HRSourcingToolbox with a large inventory of Free Recruitment and Sourcing Tools. He has recently joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a Strategic Sourcer and loving every minute of it! He is a huge fan of emerging technologies and Boolean Syntax and always willing to share a technique or hack to find the elusive purple squirrel.


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