Fog sandwiches

Being Out of Work

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Although by and large, the one thing we make more often than anything else for dinner on our boat is reservations, there are times when the fog giant descends upon us and if there is nothing else to eat, we make fog sandwiches.To make fog sandwiches, of course, you need fog. To this one sh...

Jul 18, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Curb your enthusiasm-NOT

Human Interactions

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There is a memorable scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in which Paul Newman is challenged for control of the Hole in the Wall Gang. They agree that the best way to settle their disagreement is with a knife fight. Paul suggests that before they get started that they should decide ...

Jul 17, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What is your theme song?

Standing Out From the Crowd

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Over the years, I used to keep only a handful of CD’s in my car and I played them over and over again. I supposed I shouldn’t admit this to a wide audience, but one of my favorite music categories is sea shanties. (It goes along with my hobby of sailing). When I had cassette tapes, I actua...

Jul 16, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Meeting the RIGHT folks

Networking New Friends

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Being successful at getting meetings with potential decision makers who don’t have a job right now, but who might make one for you after they meet you, is why networking is the most successful approach to finding a job. Frankly, this is how most business is really done at our level.If you ...

Jul 15, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When the going gets tough, the tough get silly

Resume Writing

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Last week I processed a batch of new members. It was actually a three week batch as I was on vacation for two weeks.I realize that new members are not totally indicative of how everyone is doing their resume, but I have to tell you that their resumes aren’t all that different from the ones...

Jul 14, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do all new jobs disappoint?

Evolving Job Market

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One of the comments I have heard from time to time is that the new job that someone just found isn’t as exciting as the one they lost. It seems at times that most of our members find themselves in a downward spiral as they change jobs. The companies are smaller and often the pay packages a...

Jul 11, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hard on the wind

Being Out of Work

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Since not all of the members of The FENG are sailors, I really need to start this editorial with the idea that you can’t sail directly into the eye of the wind. In fact, you generally have to be about 45 degrees off the wind to make any headway. However, this is only a real nuisance at tho...

Jul 10, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

All I know about you is in front of me


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To quote George Bernard Shaw: “The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”With respect to our power to communicate, we live in a remarkable period of time. I normally respond to 50-100 unique emails every day. I have been doing this for many years and yet...

Jul 09, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No right answers

Resume Writing

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In my continuing “joys of sailing” series, I thought I would talk about docks around Long Island Sound. Although one can drag anchor, one rarely drags dock. (A little sailing joke for you.)Sure, it is a rather arcane topic, but hopefully it is one that you can use to amaze and astound your...

Jul 08, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Human Interaction

Human Interactions

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Since we have so many new members each year, I thought I would write something tonight about the mission of The FENG and how we accomplish our objectives for one another.Sailors are a naturally friendly lot. (Yes, another sailing analogy!) As one of the other couples my wife and I met at a...

Jul 07, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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It has only been since about the time of the American Revolution that sailors have had the technology available to find their exact location on the face of the earth. Although determining your latitude was possible (those are the lines that run around the middle of the earth like the equat...

Jul 02, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A sharp pencil

Resume Writing

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There is no more powerful tool than a sharp pencil. (The only equally powerful tool is The FENG’s Member Directory Search feature.)I long ago declared war on unnecessary words. Why? Because they are unnecessary. Duh!The normal space allotment for a resume is two pages. Okay, if you have to...

Jul 01, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why bother saying thank you?

Correspondence Human Interactions

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For those of you who are sailing fans and/or history buffs and saw the movie Master & Commander: The Far Side of The World, there was a scene where Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany were having a heated argument about the merits of flogging. The comment made by the captain was that the go...

Jun 30, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Taking a step back

Being Out of Work

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Let’s be honest, even though the unemployment figures suggest a strong job market, things are still challenging for members of our “well experienced” membership. This always being the case, many of our members consider opportunities that are well below their previous levels of responsibili...

Jun 27, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Have you ever wondered who is that guy/gal in the mirror? I’m sure we all stare at that familiar face from time to time, but the real question is who are you and what do you do best?You would think that if you just took a few minutes and read your own resume, you could solve this one, but ...

Jun 26, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The luxury of discouragement

Being Out of Work

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I suppose that feeling sorry for yourself feels pretty good. The problem is that it doesn’t do you any good and doesn’t benefit you in any way, shape or form.In this era of long job searches, it is easy to fall into this pattern of self abuse. Frankly, I don’t encourage it.While the light ...

Jun 25, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I am frequently disappointed by the lack of attention to detail by the many members who write to me. There are so many things that are easy to do, that no one seems to do.Let me start with my primary concern – the lack of outgoing signatures. Incredibly, some emails I get aren’t even signe...

Jun 24, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Fewer close friends?

Human Interactions

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There was mention in an article several years ago in The Wall Street Journal that Americans have fewer close friends. Intrigued at the time, I “Googled” and found a few press reports about the article.According to an article in American Sociological Review, in 1985, the average American ha...

Jun 23, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reading, an important skill

Job Leads & Job Boards

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I think that anyone conducting a job search would agree that to be really effective and have any chance, one must know how to read.Like anything else, reading skills exist at many levels. The purpose of tonight’s editorial is to clarify the nature of the job leads in our evening newsletter...

Jun 20, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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There are several folks who claim credit for it, but one of the things I have been heard to say from time to time that I didn’t make up is that “90% of life is just showing up.” (Okay, perhaps it is only 89%. Whatever!)As we begin the months of the so-called summer doldrums, I would ask al...

Jun 19, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Unsolicited advice

Human Interactions

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It is a sad fact that most men don’t appreciate getting unsolicited advice. That said, there are even those among us who reject advice they have asked for out of hand and in a dismissive way.The giving and receiving of advice is always a delicate balance. Even though probably 75% of my mai...

Jun 18, 2024

By Matt Bud, The FENG