Carlton Lassiter began looking for a new job five months ago, after being passed over for a director of strategic planning position with his current employer. Lassiter, who asked CIO.com to use a pseudonym to keep his job search a secret from his employer, currently serves as an enterprise architect with an energy company. His long-term career goal is to become a CIO. He saw the director of strategic planning post as a stepping stone to a CIO position.
Lassiter says his co-workers were mystified when he was overlooked for the strategy job. They asked him why he didn't get it. He thought his résumé was largely to blame, along with his age: He's on the cusp of turning 32.
Lassiter believes he has what it takes to move from enterprise architect to a director- or executive-level position in IT. For one, in his current role, he works hand-in-hand with the CIO on matters of IT strategy. In addition, he built a multi-million dollar IT consulting company with global operations. The experience afforded him, among other things, the opportunity to build relationships with C-level executives across a variety of industries.