11 Mar Help wanted: CIOs need not apply?
The recession is turning out to be a career-booster for some folks within IT management ranks, but a dream-buster for a lot of CIOs looking for new jobs.
As companies are consolidating and downsizing in this rotten economy, there’s a “huge supply of really good people hitting the streets looking for new jobs, including CIOs, CTO, VPs of infrastructure and other senior level IT executives,” says Beverly Lieberman, president of Halbrecht Lieberman Associates, an executive recruitment firm specializing in IT careers. And as you might expect these days, not all of those IT managers and executives are hitting the street voluntarily, she says.
Lieberman’s company is based just outside of New York City, in Westport, Conn., but her business places talent nationally. She’s got a broad view into what’s been going on in the senior IT management ranks, and she says it isn’t pretty. In her 20 years doing executive searches, Lieberman says this is the softest market she’s seen. There are more newly out-of-work CIOs, including business unit CIOs and other senior-level IT executives, these days than employers looking to hire, she says.
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