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 ...

Oct 02, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG


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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 an...

Oct 05, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

One device-many uses

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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 device ...

Oct 16, 2022

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 org...

Oct 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The wealth of talent

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I have to tell you that I come away from most conversations with members of The FENG considerably impressed with the wealth of talent in our organization. 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 member...

Oct 18, 2022

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 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you get out much?

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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

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 13, 2022

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 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Move to where?

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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 schoo...

Nov 21, 2022

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 o...

Nov 15, 2022

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 recent ...

Dec 26, 2022

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 multiple...

Jan 03, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hang on tight

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I often receive messages in which members comment about how job search puts you on an emotional roller coaster and I thought I would address this issue in tonight’s editorial.I am not a professional psychologist, but having been out of work myself for two very long years back in 1991 and 1...

Jan 11, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Walter Mitty and other matters

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Walter Mitty was an interesting guy. Although he did one thing in his real life, he had the opportunity to do lots of exciting things in his imaginary life.As we advance in our careers, I think all of us want the opportunity to do new and different things. It is only normal to want to chan...

Jan 08, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is the glass half full?

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We are probably all aware and have been known to ponder the enigma of: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”As good accountants, we have also probably pondered whether the glass was half full or half empty. If only “they” had a good accounting procedure, I am sure we would know. We w...

Jan 17, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Guns blazing

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Have you ever had the feeling that the world was against you? How can I tell you this? It is.To be a member of our august body you need to have at least 20 years of work experience. You also need to have held a senior level title and earned at least $120k per year. Most of our members have...

Feb 02, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Acquiring knowledge

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One of the things you learn pretty quickly in sailing is that “Mighty Mouse” is not going to come to your rescue if you get into trouble. Sure, there is an “AAA” type of service for boats, but the risks out on the water and the timelines for help getting to you are always significant.In th...

Feb 01, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maintaining a positive attitude

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Having a positive attitude at ALL times is the most important thing you can do in life. And, not just when you are job searching.But is it really possible to maintain a positive attitude ALL the time? Well, I suppose not, but it never hurts to try.If you are having trouble from time to tim...

Feb 12, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The easy button

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Staples, the office supply company, had an “Easy Button” that they sold in their stores many years ago. (Not sure they still carry it.) I worked on an assignment for Staples a few years ago and although we didn’t place anyone with them, their Human Resources contact sent me an Easy Button ...

Feb 08, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Who am I anyway?

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Since 1991 (when I was out of work for the first time in my career), I can’t begin to even estimate how many 90-second announcements I have heard. I also can’t tell you how many I have given. It is an interesting process to be sure.When I was in the Army back in 1969, the “Who am I” questi...

Feb 21, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG