How are you doing? Cover Image

One of the hardest things to do during a job search or even during a difficult time at work is keeping yourself energized and positive. Here again is another example of how our basic honesty as financial folks gets in the way of our success.If you ask a financial guy how he is doing, you t...

Aug 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Unasked questions


Unasked questions Cover Image

People rarely ask or even want to know why the sky is blue or why the sun comes up in the east and not the west. And, when you are sitting in an interview, these are not questions you need to have answers for.The difficult thing to determine when the rubber finally meets the road is what n...

Aug 08, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you have enough friends?

Networking New Friends Old Friends

Do you have enough friends? Cover Image

If there is anything those of you who have ever been engaged in a job search have learned is that NO ONE ever has enough friends.Although I count all 35,000 of you as friends of mine, I still continue every day to try to make a few new friends.It is almost sad in a way that networking beca...

Aug 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Passive job searching Cover Image

I know it may sound strange coming from someone publishing hundreds of pages of job leads a month, but job leads are overrated.If you are over the age of 40 and all you are doing is answering job leads in our newsletter or from any of the well respected jobs sites, you may as well be writi...

Aug 04, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Handling negotiations

Human Interactions

Handling negotiations Cover Image

There is nothing harder than handling a negotiation that involves your own personal finances.We have all been through tough negotiations that stood to benefit the firms for which we have worked, but nothing can create more stress than when the negotiations involve our own salary or severan...

Aug 03, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Have I reached the party to whom I’m speaking?

Being Out of Work

Have I reached the party to whom I’m speaking? Cover Image

Many years ago Lily Tomlin had a skit on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In where she played Ernestine, the telephone operator. This was one of her great gag lines.In much the same way, those of us who make a lot of phone calls are in the same pickle.I’m not sure if people just never call their p...

Aug 01, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The responsibilities of sponsors

Human Interactions

The responsibilities of sponsors Cover Image

As I hope all of you know, The FENG is not a fee for service. Our most important “folkway” is that in order to be accepted as a new member, you either need to have a sponsor, or you need to find one.As Chairman since 1996, I take the time each and every week to review new member applicants...

Jul 31, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The futility of planning

Being Out of Work Networking

The futility of planning Cover Image

Over the past few months I have completed several projects on or for my sailboat.My father was a plumbing and general contractor. Having worked for him from the time I was 13 until I graduated from college, I am pretty handy with tools. I also had a lot of very old cars, and not being inde...

Jul 28, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Kidnap notes


Kidnap notes Cover Image

Sad to say, the typical email cover notes I see bear a strong resemblance to classic kidnap notes.You know the ones I mean. Randomly selected letters and words cut from magazines and newspapers and pasted together on a piece of paper to communicate a demand for money.Perhaps this is a litt...

Jul 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Taking in each other’s laundry

Networking New Friends Old Friends

Taking in each other’s laundry Cover Image

Networking is what The FENG is all about. And, it has a lot of not so obvious twists and turns, one of which I am going to go over tonight.I hope all of you are becoming pros at using our Member Directory Search feature and calling up other members. I hope that those members you are contac...

Jul 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Allowing others to wear us down


Allowing others to wear us down Cover Image

I had lunch a long time ago with one of our members. I always enjoy meeting and talking to the members of our august body because I am reminded of issues that I have discussed before that bear repeating. And, when I discuss them again, it is usually with a different twist because I continu...

Jul 25, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You can’t direct the wind

Being Out of Work

You can’t direct the wind Cover Image

I have given much thought over the years to how sailing is a lot like life. In dreamy meditation at the wheel of our sailboat, I have often thought about the unseen and uncontrollable forces affecting our progress and how through the skills I have acquired at her helm I have been able to m...

Jul 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No one has enough friends

New Friends Old Friends

No one has enough friends Cover Image

For those of you who are new to the networking process or who claim to not be very good at it, please know that even I am still learning.Friends are always in short supply, especially when it comes to managing your career. But, unlike all the consumer goods available just by taking out you...

Jul 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A compelling summary Cover Image

There is no more important space on your resume than that first section after your name. Alas, I rarely see it used to good effect.Although cover letters allow you to “cover” matters perhaps not easily “covered” in your resume, more often than not your cover letter isn’t sent to the decisi...

Jul 20, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Point of reference


Point of reference Cover Image

When you actually get into the finals for a significant “work opportunity,” you don’t want to muff it. (Just so you know, work opportunities used to be called jobs, but that implies they will last a long time, and we know they don’t.)Anyway, one of the rituals or hoops that many firms make...

Jul 19, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A sharp focus Cover Image

A jack of all trades, a master of none.In the world of CFO’s, Controllers and Treasurers, the primary skill sets of members of The FENG, it is certainly true that we can probably do anything. Still, at this stage of our careers the likelihood of anyone considering us to do “anything” is re...

Jul 18, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating actionable communication


Creating actionable communication Cover Image

As you all can probably imagine, I get a lot of email and phone calls every day.A previous editorial of mine titled “Say what?” focused on the content of your message. Tonight’s editorial is a little more on the mechanical side and touches on providing sufficient information to the person ...

Jul 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The curse of the cover letter


The curse of the cover letter Cover Image

To tell you the truth, I almost never read cover letters first. Perhaps you remember the joke about the doctor who told his patient to take a warm bath and 4 aspirin. When he called the next day, the patient informed him that he could barely get the warm bath down.It is much the same case ...

Jul 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maybe they won’t ask


Maybe they won’t ask Cover Image

I know it is hard to believe, but some of us good natured and hard-working financial folks actually leave companies under conditions that leave us with the possibility of less than glowing references. Perhaps we were misunderstood, or in some cases, we just got a new boss. It is also possi...

Jul 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The sounds of silence Cover Image

There was an article in the New York Times several years ago about how employers and recruiters no longer seem to get back to job seekers, even when they have been serious candidates for particular opportunities. Things haven’t gotten much better over the years.As easy as it is to click re...

Jul 12, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your many hidden talents

Standing Out From the Crowd

Your many hidden talents Cover Image

The subject of tonight’s editorial is “Your many hidden talents and the ones you are developing.”I talked to one of our active members recently and the thought occurred to me that all of you are probably developing skills and not even aware of it! Life does have a way of sneaking up on you...

Jul 11, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG