Crystal Ball Projections for 2009
2009 is the year we all wish we had crystal balls to tell us what the year will bring. In this newsletter I offer to you my job related predictions for the year. Let us all hope that our new president and the economic stimulation packages fulfill their promises for growing the economy.
In addition to search, I have accepted a new role that continues my career development work started with the Getting to the Top programs. I am Associate Director of Alumni Career Services for UCLA Anderson School of Management, providing career resources for alumni.
Lastly, check out the upcoming Getting to the Top program on February 19, an article on “8 Ways to Make Yourself More Marketable”, and our new searches. Yes – we are still getting new and interesting searches! To a hopeful and prosperous New Year!
Kathryn Ullrich Associates, Inc. – Executive Recruiters
In This Issue
- Feature article: Crystal Ball Projections for 2009
- News – ANA IS THIS THE CORRECT ORDER?
- Current searches
- Upcoming events
Crystal Ball Projections for 2009
By Kathy Ullrich
Even as an optimist I foresee two quarters of the economy declining before we might begin to detect improvements. We see this already with daily announcements of major job losses at Yahoo, X, and even Microsoft who has never had a government-defined job loss (one where you have to report, beyond performance-related lay-offs.) However, despite the job losses, job seekers and businesses trying to remain afloat can find some sectors with a glimmer of growth and hope.
From an executive recruiter perspective, October and the first half of November was dismal. Companies suffered ‘deer in headlights’ paralysis, cancelling, freezing or stalling any decisions about hiring until they knew more about what the economy would bring. Many companies put off lay-off decisions until after the holidays, lay-offs we now see.
But there are pockets of hiring. The second half of November through to now, my phone has been ringing with potential new clients and searches. Companies may be slower to contract, interview (one client took two months to schedule the first phone interview,) and make hiring decisions, but they are still hiring for critical needs. Now look into my crystal ball for projections on the market.
Kathryn Ullrich Associates, Inc. has recently completed searches for Director of SEO/SEM for a major e-commerce company and CFO for a resort company.
Our current searches are in marketing, sales, engineering and consulting as follows:
- High potential client-facing Vice President for enterprise software company (Midwest)
- Director of Marketing for software company (East Bay)
- Inside Sales Manager for SaaS company (Silicon Valley)
- Embedded Linux Software Engineer (Southern California)
- Senior Engineer (Southern California)
- Manager for the leading global payments strategy consulting firm (Atlanta)
For more information, visit www.ullrichassociates.com. Kathryn Ullrich Associates, Inc. focuses on C-suite, VP and Director level hires across the functions of Product Marketing/Management, Marketing, Sales and Consulting for technology and services companies.
Mark your calendars for Getting to the Top career development events:
- October 28, 2008 – Getting to the Top – CEOs at the Top (Stanford Graduate School of Business)
- November 6, 2008 – Getting to the Top (SDForum at Varian Medical)
Southern California (UCLA Anderson School of Management):
- October 9, 2008 – Getting to the Top in Marketing
- November 13, 2008 – Getting to the Top – CEOs at the Top
For more details on these events as speakers are added, visit www.GettingToTheTop.com
For more information on Kathryn Ullrich Associates, Inc. and our executive recruiting services, please call 650-458-8775, email Kathrynu@ullrichassociates.com or visit