These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former General Managers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Former Jobs, Rankings - 8 months ago
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It’s tough to be a general manager nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a general manager isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become general managers in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many general managers no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former general managers to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former general managers:

  1. Manager
  2. Store Manager
  3. Operations Manager
  4. Assistant Manager
  5. Owner
  6. Vice President
  7. Sales Manager
  8. Operations Director
  9. Project Manager
  10. Sales Representative

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a general manager would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former general managers to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former general managers:

  1. Operations Director
  2. Director Of Sales
  3. Chief Operating Officer
  4. Chief Executive Officer
  5. Business Developer
  6. President Of Operations
  7. Principal
  8. Executive Chef
  9. Managing Director
  10. Managing Partner

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former General Managers

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed general manager under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a general manager, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former general managers.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former General Managers

Job Title Rank %
Manager 1 2.41%
Store Manager 2 2.31%
Operations Manager 3 2.1%
Assistant Manager 4 1.64%
Owner 5 1.21%
Vice President 6 1.17%
Sales Manager 7 1.12%
Operations Director 8 1.07%
Project Manager 9 0.9%
Sales Representative 10 0.85%
Consultant 11 0.85%
District Manager 12 0.81%
Owner/Operator 13 0.78%
Customer Service Representative 14 0.74%
Assistant General Manager 15 0.72%
Sales Associate 16 0.71%
President 17 0.69%
Office Manager 18 0.69%
Account Executive 19 0.63%
Account Manager 20 0.54%
Director 21 0.47%
Administrative Assistant 22 0.47%
Director Of Sales 23 0.45%
Chief Operating Officer 24 0.44%
Service Manager 25 0.43%
Chief Executive Officer 26 0.43%
Business Developer 27 0.42%
President Of Operations 28 0.42%
Server 29 0.42%
Supervisor 30 0.39%
Regional Manager 31 0.38%
Sales Consultant 32 0.37%
Assistant Store Manager 33 0.37%
Property Manager 34 0.36%
Area Manager 35 0.35%
Principal 36 0.35%
Owner/Manager 37 0.34%
Executive Chef 38 0.34%
Plant Manager 39 0.34%
Business Development Manager 40 0.33%
Program Manager 41 0.32%
Managing Director 42 0.32%
General Sales Manager 43 0.3%
Team Leader 44 0.29%
Restaurant Manager 45 0.29%
Managing Partner 46 0.29%
Executive Director 47 0.29%
Senior Project Manager 48 0.28%
Sales/Marketing 49 0.28%
President/Owner 50 0.28%
Branch Manager 51 0.28%
Production Manager 52 0.27%
Regional Sales Manager 53 0.26%
Director Of Food And Beverage 54 0.24%
Marketing Director 55 0.24%
Internship 56 0.23%
Vice President & General Manager 57 0.23%
Business Manager 58 0.22%
President/Chief Executive Officer 59 0.22%
Chief Finance Officer 60 0.22%
Territory Manager 61 0.22%
Kitchen Manager 62 0.21%
Training Manager 63 0.21%
Bartender 64 0.21%
Department Manager 65 0.2%
District Sales Manager 66 0.2%
Director Of Sales And Marketing 67 0.2%
Cashier 68 0.19%
Associate 69 0.19%
Marketing Manager 70 0.19%
Food And Beverage Manager 71 0.19%
Food Service Director 72 0.18%
Business Consultant 73 0.18%
Human Resources Manager 74 0.18%
Senior Manager 75 0.18%
Human Resources Coordinator 76 0.17%
Teacher 77 0.17%
Purchasing Manager 78 0.17%
Driver 79 0.17%
Finance Manager 80 0.17%
Controller 81 0.17%
Customer Service Manager 82 0.17%
Realtor 83 0.16%
Specialist 84 0.16%
Product Manager 85 0.16%
Vice President, Business Development 86 0.16%
Substitute Teacher 87 0.16%
General Manager Of Operations 88 0.16%
Facilities Manager 89 0.15%
Bartender Server 90 0.15%
Associate Manager 91 0.15%
Volunteer 92 0.15%
Buyer 93 0.15%
Warehouse Manager 94 0.15%
Partner 95 0.14%
Executive Assistant 96 0.14%
Security Officer 97 0.14%
Management Consultant 98 0.14%
Co-Owner 99 0.14%
Recruiter 100 0.14%

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