EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration

You might wonder what natural laws have to do with job search, but there is honestly a strong connection.

The “mass” in this formula is you and your many talents not currently being applied to accounting and finance matters. The “acceleration” is a measure of how active you are in your job search. Are you actively networking, or have you given up? If you aren’t “fighting the good fight” the measured acceleration is obviously low.

If you were untalented but working hard at finding a job, there would be more “force” being applied than if you were extremely talented and doing nothing.

It has come to my attention that despite the recession having officially ended several years ago, many of you are still available for what I call “work opportunities.” As you get long in the tooth with respect to your search, it is very easy to get discouraged and come to believe that nothing you are doing is having any effect. The phrase I would suggest to you is “Not yet.”

Networking, despite its many benefits and despite the fact that nothing else ACTUALLY works, is a long drawn out process with no clear end in sight, UNTIL, one day, surprise, you find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and are back at work.

Allowing yourself the luxury of being discouraged lowers your acceleration and mathematically your force out in the marketplace. It IS a bad economy and traditional sources of jobs such as search firms and job boards are not all that helpful these days because there are so many folks looking for work and so few published jobs.

That said, networking always works, eventually. But, being patient is not the same thing as sitting back waiting for something to happen. You have to make it happen.

Let me ask you a few simple questions. Have you been to our website and used our Member Directory Search feature to track down ALL of your old friends? You know the ones. On their way out the door many years ago (before the Internet) they said they would call you when they got to their new job. Well, we have a tool you can use to track them down. (By the way, you are allowed to make them feel guilty for not tracking YOU down.)

Only people who know you, know of you, or know someone you know are likely to help you. These very smart individuals understand your background, the “work” education you have received by being employed by the same firms they have been employed by and therefore, they know who to send you to.

If you can’t remember their names, look up all of your former employers in our database and check out the listings of EVERYONE who worked there. You will find your memory will be triggered if you see their names. If no one seems familiar, contact them anyway! I am almost certain that you will know some folks in common.

If you want to find non-financial folks, the best resource is LinkedIn. I hear stories all the time of folks being found by old friends using LinkedIn.

I’ll appeal to your inner accountant. All of these tools are free. You already have a computer with an Internet connection.

Maximize the force being applied to your job search. You can’t change the “mass.” However, you are in complete control of the acceleration.

Go to it and have at it. There honestly is no other way.

Regards, Matt

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