EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

I don’t know if all of you are familiar with the concept of a New York minute, but for all intents and purposes it is generally accepted to be a micro second. For your further edification, a Google search turned up the following:

New York Minute: A New York minute is an instant. Or as Johnny Carson once said, it’s the interval between a Manhattan traffic light changing to green and the guy behind you honking his car horn.

It appears to have originated in Texas around 1967. It is a reference to the frenzied and hectic pace of New Yorkers’ lives. A New Yorker does in an instant what a Texan would take a minute to do.

The term has a mildly derogatory meaning to it; although New Yorkers are probably proud of the characteristic and would forgive you for using this term.

Having grown up in the Midwest and now having lived in Connecticut over 45 years, I can tell you that all of the above is true.

What I would like all of our members to do is adopt the philosophy of the New York minute to their urge to use The FENG’s Member Directory Search feature.

I was on the phone with one of our members recently and was delighted to hear that he had become aware of a published job opportunity. Not only was it a great fit for his background, but he knew the name of the company!

Friends, life doesn’t get much better. Yes, answer the ad, and then wait a full New York minute before reaching for your computer and using our Member Directory Search feature which contains the ENTIRE membership of The FENG. If we don’t have at least one member who has worked at that firm recently, I will fall over from the shock. (If this turns out to be the case, let me know and I will get busy and recruit a few new members because I apparently have not been able to achieve total world domination for you YET. I will continue working on it.)

Your odds of getting your resume pulled when responding to any published job posting is close to zero. However, your odds of getting your paperwork in front of a hiring manager (now that you know the name of the company) can be close to certainty if you are only willing to use the good offices of one of your fellow members of this august body.

There has to be SOMEONE who has recently worked there or who is there now. And I can bet you that they would like any excuse to network with an old friend or two by using your candidacy as their approach.

Friends, it is one of the all-time great “win wins.”

Enjoy the benefit of our remarkable organization and “reach out and touch someone.” Just don’t wait until it’s too late. The delay of more than a New York minute will cause you to lose your competitive advantage. Please don’t hesitate.

In Star Wars, The FENG membership directory would be considered either a light sword or “The Force.”

Regards, Matt

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