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What makes a great CFO – a headhunter’s perspective.

Stacey Nicholl wrote a blog entry on LinkedIn showcasing the skills that make a CFO great.

I don't disagree with her. She is correct.

However, I find that a "standard" resume doesn't convey this info, and that's what everyone wants.

What do you think?


Anonymous User
Title: CFO
Company: Local Government Agency
(CFO, Local Government Agency) |

I think people who sport "500+ connections" on their Linkedin profile while writing an advice article for a position well above their pay grade, are to be taken with a grain of salt. Especially when they appear so youthful and apparently have about ten years of post college experience coming off a science degree and now have are into selling us their service.

I can show you a similar person on Linkedin with whom I'm actually very familiar. He's left a trail of lawsuits, arrests and agency liabilities everywhere he's been. He's never stayed for more than a year either. It's all a matter of public record and easily checked by simple Google searches.

And yet, agencies keep hiring him at the CEO/GM level. Obviously, they don't have internet access everywhere.

When did employment qualifications devolve into a high school popularity contest on Linkedin?

Topic Expert
Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
LinkedIn Profile
(President & CFO, |

I don't believe that just because you are young you are automatically wrong or because your seasoned your are automatically right.

Every argument/statement of advice should be taken on its merits.

However, (you knew their would be a "but"), as they say in journalism/writing school - one should write about what they know....

Steve Sheridan
Title: Associate
Company: Dean Lewis Associates
(Associate, Dean Lewis Associates) |

I think you could put together a "standard" resume to show the types of qualities she mentioned in the article. Teamwork with executives and introducing new ideas both can be shown as accomplishments if you've actually done them and had measurable success.


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