As a professional IT Resume Writer, a significant part of my job is keeping my finger on the pulse of technology - and technology hiring - trends. That's why I found this article on ZDNet to be extremely valuable.

In Tech jobs: "CIOs look safe, IT managers face chop, chief digital officer is the next big thing" Toby Wolpe gives an excellent summary of some of the major trends facing IT executives over the coming couple of years.

And as the old joke has it, there's good news. And there's bad news.

Part of the good news is the explosive growth in hiring of Chief Digital Officers and Chief Data Officers.

This new role is gaining a lot of attention, and is a major growth area at the top of the technology pyramid. But this growth won't, according to Mr. Wolpe, be at the expense of the CIO.

Which leads to the bad news news.

Mr. Wolpe writes that, "In fact, it is IT middle management who look more likely to lose out... 'Overall, it's a progressive move towards more technology-driven leadership in total,' said Mark Raskino, vice president and Gartner fellow. 'But if you don't have CIO as a title — if you were always wondering why they wouldn't make you CIO because they weren't recognising you as a senior leader — those are the people who are more at risk,' he said."

One key point is that innovation is becoming increasingly critical across technology organizations - and that those IT leaders one tier below, IT Directors and IT Managers may become fewer in the coming months and years.

What does this mean for your career as an IT Executive?

  1. If you've felt stuck in the IT Manager or IT Director role for more than a year or two, this might be a good time to look at breaking into the top tier of IT leadership. But to do that, you need to gain - and demonstrate - skills beyond managing the data center.
  2. If your current position is leaving you feeling stuck, as though you can't expand your skills, learn new things - in short, if you feel that you can do your job in your sleep - this may be a good time to break out. If Mr. Wolpe is correct, that may become increasingly difficult in the future.
  3. If you are a CIO, I wouldn't take Mr. Wolpe's prediction of stability as a key to job longevity. As with the IT Manager and IT Director roles, this may well be the time to expand your skills, to help ensure greater career stability and longevity.
  4. Be certain that your IT Manager Resume, IT Director Resume, or CIO Resume clearly highlights innovation. Dig deeper to find the really innovative, unique initiatives that you've led to prove that you have deliver value than simply being a back office manager.
  5. Focus your IT executive resume on your vision - both for the growth of IT and for broader business strategy - and not just on your technical chops.

On the whole, I find that the trends Mr. Wolpe discusses are very positive - especially for upper echelon IT executives. But there is a warning there, also - that this may well be the time to take the next step you've been thinking about for awhile.

If you'd like to discuss how I can help you take that next step, please contact me.