Quick Tips for Sourcing Finance Candidates

As we, sourcing professionals, continue to improve upon our research and sourcing skills, it’s important to understand that specific industries require different sourcing skills and therefore, utilizing certain tools are of the utmost significance. When searching for financial services and accounting candidates, there are a few tools that help uncover more about the candidate as well as finding lists of candidates such as MBA alumni. By tapping into these lists, we discover a lot about the search.

For example, if recruiting for registered financial candidates such as financial advisors with a Series 7 license, there are ways to check their background by simply going to FINRA to make sure your candidate doesn’t have any negative issues aligned to their licenses or any ethical problems. Checking with FINRA is as important as going on social media to check if your candidate has enough emotional intelligence not to post any racist, sexist or disparaging opinions online.

In the United States, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a self-regulatory organization. FINRA is the successor to the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD) who enforces arbitration in the New York Stock Exchange. It’s important to be clear about any issues that are required to work within the licensed financial services industry.

  1. Before setting up a prescreen, it is recommended to vet your candidate first by checking out http://www.finra.org

If you need to find candidates who have their MBA, there are ways to find lists of these candidates online.

  1. You can Google something like, “list of MBA graduates at Harvard Business School” with the following result of finding alumni who received alumni achievement awards that you might be able to hire:

In addition to using Google to find lists of MBA alumni, you can also do a searching using distinct Boolean commands, such as inurl: and intitle:.

  1. Typing keywords in the URL such as: “inurl:mba alumni list” yields the following result allowing you to view lists of particular business schools such as below:

Once you log in with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google password, you can see the MBA alumni who graduated from the University of Richmond for example. The same action can be taken to uncover many other schools too if you do this broad search.

You can also find financial candidates on professional organizations, and if you don’t want to join them, you can find them on LinkedIn and join their group, saving your company money. Keep in mind, when joining financial groups, it’s so important to maintain diversity and inclusion in your work because it is paramount in sourcing all candidates especially those in such a homogenized industry as financial services and accounting.

  1. Some of the following financial organizations usually have lists of strong candidates such as:

AFP (Association of Financial Professionals)

CFP (Certified Financial Planner)

NABA (National Association of Black Accountants)

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NSHMBA (National Society of Hispanic MBAs)

Society of Financial Services Professionals (FSP)

There is so much more to do when sourcing financial services and accounting candidates. I have only scratched the surface to help financial sourcing professionals start finding lists of candidates with using FINRA and MBA records just to name a few.


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Nicole Nespeca is a contributing writer for Yahoo Careers, the former editor of the Aon Careers Blog and writer of the career advice blog, “Fall Down Seven, Get Up Eight” on nicolenespeca.blogspot.com.  Prior to working in recruitment, Nicole worked in television news at CNBC and Fox.  She has worked in sourcing and recruitment management for 16 years in both the United States and Japan.  Conversant in Japanese and Spanish, Nicole is an SME in global and bilingual sourcing.  Currently, she specializes in Sourcing Leadership-Talent Acquisition at MSC.  Although a graduate of the University of Michigan and from Michigan, she loves living in Charlotte, NC with her daughter and husband.


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