10 LinkedIn Groups For Finance Professionals

10 LinkedIn Groups For Finance Professionals

Once you get used to it, social media is a great tool for recruiters and job seekers alike.  From a work perspective, I really like and favour Linked-In, and have been an avid user of the site for years now.

Groups on Linked-In have started to take off too, more so since many decided to go down the ‘open group’ format.  This has certainly allowed more interaction and discussion than ever before, so I can only see the number of groups getting larger every year.

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Linked-In is often described as the professional person’s Facebook, and whilst total groups now exceed 650,000 worldwide, it is a result of this success that it is also proving more difficult to sift the wheat from the chaff.  For Finance Professionals, there are a whole host of groups which you can join.  Some have 100,000+ members and so are global in reach, some are just for UK participants, others operate in a specific niche such as SOX, there are CFO-only groups, and then closed & open groups – the list goes on.

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I am a member of a whole range of groups, as it allows me to keep up to date with current topics in the Accounting field, and I can engage with people in the profession who may at some point require the services of McGinnis Loy.  For anyone interested in joining more groups specific to Accounting, I highlight a number of them below which I think would be a good starting point for you, and from there you can decide which are going to be right for you:

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10 Linked-In Groups For Finance Professionals

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Finance Club – This group has to go in the list, simply because it is one of the biggest Finance/Accounting groups on Linked-In (130,000+ members) and full of discussion and debate across a wide range of topics

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Finance Plus – An open group which again is full of varied topics, mainly centred around Banking, Financial Services, Private Equity & Venture Capital

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CFO Network – Contains many discussions on technical accounting issues and how critical finance is to a business.  People in here are happy to share their research and studies on particular topics from e-invoicing to hedging strategies.

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Finance and Accounting: Networking, Forum and Jobs – Again, a good group for interaction, but it does seem to be more heavily slanted to jobs than discussions on current accounting issues and topics

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SuperCFO – I like this group as it is smaller than many of the others, so your voice doesn’t get lost within the discussion stream, and has a community feel about it.  Great conversations from Senior Finance Professionals about their roles, business challenges and a lot of free advice

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Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – CIMA – Self explanatory, the official CIMA group on Linked-In for members globally who can connect with other CIMA member’s to discuss and debate finance topics that interest them

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Accountancy Age – A group that is more UK focused (so good for me) and a place where many of the articles from the magazine are put online and debated.  A good breadth of stories which focus on current UK accounting issues

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UK Accountancy & Finance – For Qualified Accountants anywhere within the UK to debate and discuss topics of interest with peers within the same profession

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ICAEW Finance & Management Faculty – A members only group with topical discussions and good interaction amongst the community.  Advice is freely available from other  members, and current discussions include the reverse VAT regime, cheap capital, risk management and the Bribery Act

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Thames Valley ACA Accountants – My own group here on Linked-In to give ACA Accountants across London and the Thames Valley an opportunity to engage with each other.  It is a members-only group for part-qualified and qualified ACAs, and has discussions on many current accounting topics, including a range of Finance jobs from McGinnis Loy

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I will continue to add to this list should I come across others which I think will be of interest.  It would be good to hear of your experiences of Linked-in groups too – which ones you like, which ones you participate in and what you get out of them.  Leave me a message in the comment section below, and I will take a look at them too.

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Best wishes

Leslie Fearn

Leslie has over 15 years Recruitment experience helping blue-chip corporates to SME businesses recruit for their Finance teams.  As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy, a Specialist HR and Finance Recruiter across the Thames Valley and London, he is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today.  Follow his helpful tweets on Twitter: @McGinnisLoy

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