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Jan Nickerson

Jan Nickerson

Senior Outplacement Consultant

Jan has a long tenure at Find Great People and has served in many positions including: Senior Outplacement Consultant, supporting mid to senior executives in transition; Executive Search Consultant for 14 years, focused on financial and senior executives in consumer industries nationwide; and as an advocate for using technology, from training FGP’s new hires in using technology, to showing outplacement candidates how to use online resources to connect with former colleagues and prospective hiring managers.

The author of Helping Your Dream Job Find You, Jan has developed several job search practices, including Wow Criteria, helping thousands in transition to identify and attract career opportunities of interest.  She was recognized with the “Great Person of the Year” award at FGP.

Throughout her 30+ year career, Jan has gained invaluable experience having served as a CFO, Controller, VP of Finance, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chief Innovation Officer, Founder of an organization transformation consulting practice, Creativity Consultant, Inventor of a community-based game, and three times an executive in transition.    A Cornell MBA and a former Big 5 CPA, Jan started her career at Arthur Andersen, progressed to high tech financial management and ultimately Chief Financial Officer at an electronic banking subsidiary of Chase Bank. She then worked at the Girl Scouts of America as CFO for the Boston chapter of 40,000 members.  Jan also served on the Board of Directors of a private equity management firm that acquired and transformed sleepy manufacturing businesses into high-performing enterprises.

Fun Facts:

What do you love to do outside of work?
Outside of work, I love creating with yarn. I have designed and crocheted over 130 afghans. I am currently challenging myself with more advanced knitting projects. Whatever the project, I love impressionistic color blends in super soft yarn. I would love to get back to creating beauty with watercolor and stained glass – I am especially proud of creating in stained glass a triptych of a thistle overlooking mountain ridges, framed in wormy chestnut.

What’s your favorite travel destination, or where would you like to go?
I would like to tour all the hamlets and regions of my ancestors, throughout the East Coast, Southeast and Midwest, and in England, Scotland and Ireland.

If you could have any other fantasy career, what would it be and why?
Enabling people to understand, value, and appreciate themselves and others, not just in their lives but throughout the world.

What is your personal life motto?
My favorite word is both. Preferring not to have to choose, I look for ways to get everything, whether that is for a candidate, a client, my family or myself.