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Age issue?

By cab ·
Curious on feedback from others, either looking for an IT manager to CIO level position, or perhaps those in a position to hire at that level. I don't quite understand all the factors, but suddenly age seems to be a (negative) factor. What I don't understand is, if you have a recent track record of delivering and keeping up with the times, what does age mean? The average tenure of a CIO is less than 3 years, I understand, so if you are a highly capable 59 year old, the age factor would seem insignificant.
Would like observations from others; that I am wrong, how to work around it, etc. etc.

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by CG IT In reply to Age issue?

$$ mooola greenbacks plain and simple.

Biggest expense a company has is its payroll. With that, a 59 year old with 30 years experience requires a far larger salary than someone with 5 years exprience and in the 25 to 32 year old age bracket. They simply cost less. Thats why companies like to hire young college grads [and now adays retirees e.g costco's price base is less cuz of low payroll costs]. .

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by CG IT In reply to

thats what I do. I'm a 49 year old IT admin and been with this west coast company for about 20 years. Three of us old timers put the entire thing together so we know it like the back of our hand and our boss knows this. We make him look good. but if they hire some kids whos gonna try and show off, we let them hang themselves. The latest youngster to come through our shop tried to show everyone their smarts in security by reconfiguring the access router. ha ha....10 branch offices lost WAN links. We let him make 3 mistakes and our boss booted him. We did keep on girl who showed that even with a college grad in IT that she didn't now anything about our setup and wanted to learn. Good employee. She don't muck things up and wants to learn. Scary employee to cuz shes sharp and could easily replace one of us in the next couple of years once she knows the network.

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by cab In reply to Age issue?

No argument on your logic, and I'm sure that is part of it. Hard to believe a large corporation who depends on the IT organization for so much would lean towards the low-cost, limited experience person to lead an expensive and complex organization. Maybe I should just take it easy for a while, wait for the youngster to make the mistakes I would have made 25 years ago, and then offer to fix the mess?

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by abardai In reply to Age issue?

The potential employer ASSUMES that because one has 20+ years of experience in IT, he/she expects to be handsomely paid.

How does you state in the cover letter that you are seeking altered responsibilities and, therefore, are willing to work for less dineros -- other than to say "salary is negotiable?"

In am such a person, and want to travel down a new IT path -- into adult training. I have some experience in that field as well, and am adult education ceritificate. But can't seem to get the attention of potential employers. I venture a guess that it is so because of (1) experience, and (2) age.

Also, with age comes family, so relocation is not always as easy as it might be for a a recent grad, with no family responsibilities yet. Once again, you can only state "willing to relocate" and hope that the offer will be too good to refuse.

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