The power of negative thinking

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So much for the “little engine that could!”Give me an opportunity to obsess about some problem and I can guarantee you that not much will get done. First, I won’t be able to get a good night’s sleep, and then in my grogginess the following day, it will be suitably difficult to focus on any...


Apr 04, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Getting started …. AGAIN

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If looking for a job the first time wasn’t hard enough, going at it a second time after only a short break can be in some respects even harder.Sure, bringing your resume up to date isn’t all that difficult. There is the issue of how to deal with a short period of employment, but once you h...


Apr 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You can’t direct the wind

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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 22, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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

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...


Jul 30, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Taking your temperature too frequently

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I don’t know if any of you feel as I do, but when I have a cold or the flu, it is at once annoying and thoughtful that those who care about us are constantly checking up on us. Thank goodness I’m not sick very often, but when I am I prefer to be left alone during “the cure.” Human beings v...


Aug 26, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Giving up as a concept

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One of the more interesting ideas floating around these days is giving up. I can’t say I am an expert on this topic, other than to say that I have heard about it at length from others. Not that they have actually bought into the idea; just that they were talking about it. As you all know, ...


Aug 28, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Gump happens

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If only each of us had a crystal ball (highly polished of course) that we could call upon over the course of our lives. The problem is that we don’t. I once heard a very nice presentation on how to get a good start in a new job. Parachuting in at the top is always difficult, and the speake...


Sep 23, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Eating elephants

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Unless you buy your mustard in 55-gallon drums, and have some very sharp knives, eating an entire elephant can be a formidable task, not unlike the task facing you at the beginning of a job search. There are so many things to do and all of them appear to be urgent. In addition, they all ap...


Sep 09, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

So much to do, so little time

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So, you’ve started a new job. Congratulations. Now you only have to survive the first 90 days and then the first year. After that, your tenure will be more related to the business than to personalities. The first thing I would suggest you do is get a copy of John Lucht’s book “Insights for...


Sep 29, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Self-improvement

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Seeing difficult times as times of opportunity I suppose is a skill in and of itself. It is far too easy to see a job search as full of trials and tribulations. Of course, it is a difficult time, but it is also a time when if you are going to go through a change, it is a good time to sit a...


Oct 02, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

One device-many uses

One device-many uses Cover Image

In 1969 I was drafted into the U.S. Army. It was of course a difficult time. But, my approach to life has always been to see the humor in every situation, and I must say the Army gave me many opportunities. One of the most amazing things I was given during basic training was a little devic...


Oct 13, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Knowing you’re not alone

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They say that misery loves company. I hope all of you know that this has never been what The FENG was all about. While it is true that most of us are in that vast and over crowded arena called “middle age” and that the focus of our organization is job search related, what we share as an or...


Oct 14, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration

Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration Cover Image

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...


Oct 23, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The wealth of talent

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I have to tell you that I come away from most meetings of The FENG considerably impressed with the wealth of talent in the room. Perhaps it is just me, but the experience that most of our members bring to the party is truly amazing. The only problem that our members actually face is market...


Oct 15, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Did you have a bad day?

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Let’s face it, sooner or later you are bound to have a bad day. The odds of having 365 perfect days in a row just aren’t high. It’s sort of a reverse thing to the odds of your winning the lottery. Sure, someone wins it every day, but it never seems to be me. (I guess it would help if I bou...


Nov 11, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you get out much?

Do you get out much? Cover Image

The second Wednesday in November we will be having another meeting of The FENG’s Westport chapter. I tell you this not so that you will attend. Goodness knows, it is probably a little far for most of you. (But if your travels bring you to Westport on the evening of one of our meetings, ple...


Oct 28, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Have a magical day

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For those of you who have been there, I’m sure you recognize the Disney way of concluding a conversation. It is kind of cute, don’t you think? And, in the context of Disney, it sets you up for what you should be experiencing. The more common phrase in the United States, of course, is “Have...


Nov 12, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Move to where?

Move to where? Cover Image

In 1991 when I was last out of work I was at a point in my life where I didn’t want to move. Although born in Chicago and raised in northern Indiana, I had lived in Connecticut for almost 20 years and I liked it here. My wife’s parents lived nearby and I had a daughter and son in high scho...


Nov 19, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Dream a little dream

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Up until the age of 46 I didn’t spend a single day unemployed. From the time I got out of the Army in 1971 until 1991 I only changed jobs twice. It doesn’t give you a lot of time to think about your career or to consider that you might be doing other things. During the two years I was out ...


Nov 13, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A delicate subject

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I know there are some members who have been “in the hunt” a long time and may feel that they are getting “a little long in the tooth.” I can understand the problem since I was out of work for almost two full years – 1991-1992. Tradition has it that if you are still at work, your most...


Dec 22, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When your cup runneth over

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From time to time I have gotten messages from members who either had multiple offers outstanding or wanted me to discuss what to do when you are so blessed. Or, is it cursed? (I don’t know about you, but I hate having too many choices.) Of course, when faced with the possibility of multipl...


Jan 06, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG