Dave Arnold, president of Arnold Partners LLC, a CFO search firm, tells GoodCall®, “Even with what was considered ‘blue collar’ jobs where people are working with their hands, the need for technical know-how is a must.” Arnold says these workers must now know how to read and comprehend technical manuals and navigate complex software programs.” As positions become more sophisticated, he says undergraduate degrees are popular because regardless of major, they equip students to solve problems.
“The corollary to this is the need – or competitive reality – for advanced degrees for executive level roles: Most people in the C-suite now have some type of graduate degree, and for many executives, it was earned at a top business school,” Arnold explains.
Dave Arnold weighs in on corporate culture in the GOODCALL article, "In 2017, Employees Will Be Easy to Lose and Hard to Hire," February 8, 2017.
"A commitment to providing opportunities for advancement and a focus on employee well-being are elements of a positive corporate culture. Dave Arnold, president of Arnold Partners, LLC, and an executive search consultant, believes that job candidates must do their homework to ensure that they are working with companies that share their values.
“Without a good cultural match between a potential employee and the company, a short tenure is almost guaranteed,” Arnold tells GoodCall®. “Companies who really have a true culture that is carried out from top to bottom are much more successful at hiring like-minded people to join them, which reduces turnover.”
“You have to be aware of what’s happening broadly, no matter where you are in the food chain,” said David Arnold, president of Arnold Partners, an executive search firm that works with tech companies. “I think you have to read and understand how the technology landscape at a macro level is changing, and then you need to drill down and think what does that mean for your personal career.”
"It'll definitely turn some heads," said David Arnold, president of Arnold Partners, a Los Gatos, Calif., executive search firm. He said he placed three Wall Street CFOs in the same roles at tech companies just last year. "There's something going on."
Dave Arnold's expert opinion on “Moving from CFO to finance leader” is featured in HEALTHCARE FINANCE NEWS, Oct. 22, 2014.
“On the one hand my clients are looking for very operationally-oriented CFOs,” says Arnold, principal of Arnold Partners. “That means they are looking for a financial leader that can provide guidance and direction for the entire organization. They are not a backroom accountant. They are not merely a Wall Street-facing investor relations person. They are really integrated into the organization. They are leading by example, and they are leading by providing services to the business.”