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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Question: I’m the CFO of an owner-managed cosmetics manufacturer here in Mississauga. I’ve been here for over nine years and I’m wondering if I should start looking at the market. It’s not that I’m unhappy; I like my boss, the work’s interesting and everything’s humming along pretty smoothly.

My concern is that if I stay too much longer that it may be difficult to find another job if and when I need to make a move (I’ve heard that if you stay too long in one place that you’re less marketable).…

The Blind Side

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Question: I’m the CFO of a $100mm automotive services company and I recently had to go to the market to find a contractor to fill in for my Director of Finance who’s going on maternity leave. Our company has been growing very rapidly so I really needed someone who could get up to speed right away and pitch in on all the various new initiatives we’ve got going on.

I interviewed a few candidates, found one that I really liked and before I made him an offer, I stressed that this was a twelve month (and possibly longer) contract and I needed someone who could commit to that length of assignment.…

The 70/30 Rule

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Question:  I’m the CFO of a $50mm Tier 2 auto parts manufacturer. I’ve recently had to go to the market to recruit a Controller. I’ve looked at a number of candidates and there’s been one person in the process that I’m especially keen on because she would be an excellent fit for us personality wise. That being said, she’s not a perfect candidate. She’s got a lot of what I’m looking for – she comes out of a manufacturing environment and generally speaking she has a well-rounded background.…