Best of 2006: Careers

Here's a primer for your next career move, whether that means stepping up to the CEO slot, taking on the finances of a smaller company, or even opening your own restaurant.

Maybe your resolutions for 2007 are more ambitious than the standard “eat less junk food” and “exercise more” goals. Have you considered “find a new job”?

Of course, just like scaling back on an M&M’s fetish, thinking about a job change is much easier than actually going ahead and doing it. We hope we’ve made the first step — and perhaps the second — easier for you by compiling the best of our career-oriented stories of 2006.

These tips and examples come from finance executives who have made major career changes, including John Chidsey, who moved from CFO to CEO of Burger King in April, and Susan Frasca, who told us earlier this year how she traded her job as a finance chief to that of a restaurant owner nine years ago. Perhaps this first batch of stories will get you thinking about a job switch — or even a new career altogether. And then take a look back at the biggest CFO job changes of 2006. Throughout the new year, you can follow all the latest moves in the careers section of our archive. And don’t forget to keep your eye on our Careers section for new job postings and job moves. Could you be next?

What’s Your Next Move?

Making the Short List for CEO

More finance chiefs are finding their way into the CEO slot, as Burger King’s John Chidsey recently did.

Hire Callings

Leaving a finance career doesn’t necessarily mean leaving finance.

Fresh Start

A break from CFO duties can be rejuvenating, but don’t stay away too long.

A Perfect Fit

The demand for finance talent may be soaring, but candidates refuse to settle for just any job.

Bigger Fish, Smaller Pond

Leaving a large company for the CFO spot at a smaller company can be a great move—as long as you do your homework.

Private Club

Opportunity is knocking for CFOs who have the skills that private-equity firms demand.

Hire Power

Even if you’re not looking for a job, a job may be looking for you.


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