Corporations are reptilian

Human Interactions

Corporations are reptilian Cover Image

I hope no one will be offended by the thought that corporations are reptilian. All I mean to imply by this statement is that although corporations appear to have human elements, they actually have no feelings.We have all met and in fact we may individually have been dedicated employees, bu...

Jun 01, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Changing industries Cover Image

More often than not, members of our networking group prefer to change industries when they change jobs.I have to agree that changing industries isn’t such a bad idea. In fact, the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills we have learned to a totally new situation is an attractive conc...

May 31, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It must make sense (to them)

Human Interactions Networking

It must make sense (to them) Cover Image

When I was in my mid 30’s, I had the great honor of being treasurer of my congregation, a job I held for 4 full years.It is probably true that I lean towards all-consuming jobs. Or, perhaps I just try to do a good job even when I am not getting paid. Nonetheless, I discovered a lot about h...

May 30, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Paint on a smile Cover Image

During the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, a great opportunity will be presenting itself to you in the form of gatherings of those who know you (and presumably love you).In order to enjoy the greatest benefit, you need to paint on a smile. I don’t care if you have been out of work 3...

May 25, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you know who I am?

Human Interactions

Do you know who I am? Cover Image

There is an extended joke I heard a while back about a man who experienced a flight cancellation. As a matter of fact, he was not alone. The line was long and as the minutes turned to an hour, he was getting angrier and angrier.When he finally got to the head of the line he demanded to be ...

May 24, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Help, I’m trapped in a nut shell! Cover Image

There is no greater challenge in this world than summing yourself up in 90 seconds or writing a proper summary for your resume.As many of you know, I was CFO of an advertising agency in the 1980’s. Initially, I used to wonder why the creative folks got paid so well. As I got more and more ...

May 23, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Everything is a story about you

Resume Writing

Everything is a story about you Cover Image

I always find it interesting what people say about themselves.Those who deal in hiring decisions have so many hidden tools in their arsenal. I suppose the obvious manifestations of who you are come across in the body of your resume and, of course, in your 90-second announcement. What those...

May 22, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Say what? Cover Image

I used to be very good at multi-tasking. Now that I have gotten older, I am not as good at it.I have a lot to do every day, so when someone writes or calls I find it very helpful if they take a moment at the beginning of their communication to give me some hint how I might be most helpful ...

May 21, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Asking for and accepting help Cover Image

In our male dominated society called The FENG, one of the biggest challenges I face on a daily basis is getting members to ask for and accept help.I am sure we all know that traditionally guys don’t ask for directions at the gas station. It is much better to drive around and around totally...

May 18, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No one is out of work forever

Being Out of Work

No one is out of work forever Cover Image

One of the pearls of wisdom I heard from a friend of mine in 1991 was that no one is out of work forever, it just seems that way.When you are employed in a W-2 job, weekends and evenings are hopefully your time to relax. Snow days, holidays are also to be anticipated and enjoyed. After all...

May 17, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Can you spel?


Can you spel? Cover Image

Some of the notes that I get from our many learned members fill me with dismay. I often wonder, do they send notes with spelling and grammatical errors just to me, or do they provide this special service to everyone in the world?I do get a chuckle over some of them, but by and large I get ...

May 16, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What was your name again?


What was your name again? Cover Image

We do live in a wonderful time. We have Google, LinkedIn, and every firm that is actually in business has a website.I am always a little disappointed when someone reaches out to me and I realize they haven’t actually looked me up. Just exactly how much time would it take? If you type Matt ...

May 15, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Outgoing signatures (yes, again)


Outgoing signatures (yes, again) Cover Image

Of course it would be an understatement to tell you that I believe in the value of a FULL outgoing signature. In much the same way that I am a Fanatic FENG’er, I am also a fanatic when it comes to the substance and format of outgoing signatures. (Persnickety is another word.)I try not to b...

May 14, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

An over reliance on job leads

Evolving Job Market Networking

An over reliance on job leads Cover Image

Part of the lecture I deliver to new members who call me is that The FENG is a networking group, not a job listing service. I then add that they shouldn’t allow the fact that we are publishing lots of job leads each month confuse them about our true purpose.In the beginning (when God creat...

May 11, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you good for nothing?

Standing Out From the Crowd

Are you good for nothing? Cover Image

One of the many things I am always surprised about is the degree to which most members of The FENG generalize their very specific talents.I assume that this approach is their attempt to broaden their background and make it appear more appealing to a larger audience. While it is always requ...

May 10, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling from your own wagon

Standing Out From the Crowd

Selling from your own wagon Cover Image

Although we are frequently willing to accept lower salaries and/or lesser responsibilities, the greater challenge is convincing the world at large of our willingness and overcoming their resistance.What we see as age discrimination, they see as just plain common sense in screening candidat...

May 09, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Asking for specifics


Asking for specifics Cover Image

One of the worst things that anyone networking can do is to ask if you know of any jobs for them. I can assure you that the most likely answer will be something to the effect that two weeks ago they came across something that was right for you, but they can’t remember who it was they heard...

May 08, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you over qualified? Cover Image

I’m sure tonight’s topic will generate a lot of comments. Those of you who would like to join in on this discussion are invited to send your comments to [email protected] short answer to the question of the moment is: I hope so! If you weren’t, I’m not really sure how you were added to...

May 07, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A cut in pay Cover Image

Probably one of the most upsetting and disappointing aspects of searching for a new job when you are “well experienced” is the need to consider positions for which the compensation is considerably less than your last job.I suppose it is part of our mind set as accountants that we tend to v...

May 04, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The power of networking


The power of networking Cover Image

For those of you who have been spending any significant time surfing the job boards may I suggest you stop and turn that energy to networking?I had the great pleasure of speaking with an old friend of mine some time ago (yes, most of my friends are old, but this one is actually just a litt...

May 03, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Precision in your communications


Precision in your communications Cover Image

Perhaps it all started with the telegraph. (Hey, they were charging by the word.) Or, was it the CB radio? Somewhere along the line we have all come to believe that brevity, even when not entirely correct, is somehow okay.Today’s communication formats such as the various smart phone tools ...

May 02, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG