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Where does a CFO look for jobs these days?

I am actively looking for another CFO job.  I am still presently working as a CFO but it is time for a change.  I have not been in the job market for 7 years.  Do most CFO open positions go thru recuiting firms?  How else do you find out about job openings confidentially without going thru a recuiter.  Any advice will be helpful.

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Mark Sphar
Title: Chief Accounting Officer
Company: Veracity Payment Solutions
(Chief Accounting Officer, Veracity Payment Solutions) |

Networking, networking, networking. Be as involved as possible in local/regional/national networking groups. Plan on having breakfast 1-2 days per week with people in those groups. You would be amazed at the opportunities that surface. Many you won't likely be interested in, but you may find some that peak your interest. You will also be able to match people networking through you for new roles as well. Best of luck.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

Network at functions where hiring managers (i.e., CEO's) attend.

Go to industry functions as opposed to generic business type events, because you'll get more focused people. Exceptions are fund raisers.

Oh, don't ever stop - you never know when you are back in that situation again...

Steve Corda
Title: Controller
Company: Midwest Equity Mortgage
(Controller, Midwest Equity Mortgage) |

I was out of work two years ago and some of my best leads for a CFO position was through my kids' baseball and soccer teams. Every parent on the team sent me some type of lead. Second, health clubs. Lots of executives work out so it is an easy way to network. Third, get involved in charities. I'm on the board for a local charity and received a lot of help from fellow board members.

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Cindy Kraft
Title: CFO Coach
Company: Executive Essentials
(CFO Coach, Executive Essentials) |

Recruiters represent about 10% of the available job market.

Networking - not playing the posted position game - is an effective strategy. Great leads often come through third parties who work with service companies.

Increased visibility is a necessity today. Most of my clients get their new opportunities directly through a complete and compelling profile on Linkedin that attracts recruiters.

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