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 06, 2022

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...

Nov 01, 2021

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 18, 2022

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 hav...

Feb 06, 2020

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 t...

Feb 05, 2020

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 t...

Feb 16, 2020

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 several years ago. (I think 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 Butto...

Feb 12, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Kutsher’s convalescent home

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When my wife and I were first married, we had occasion to go to book a several day vacation at Kutsher’s Hotel and Country Club. I’m not even sure we had children at the time, it was that long ago. For those of you not familiar with the Borscht Belt of grand resorts in the Catskill Mountai...

Mar 15, 2020

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” quest...

Feb 25, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Picking the pennies up off the floor

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I am often asked how one should budget one’s time when conducting a job search. The easy answer is that it depends. I would suggest to you that the primary element of your search is, of course, networking, networking and more networking. The reason I say this is, it works best. That said, ...

Mar 17, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Home is where the heart is

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As many of you know, in 1991 and 1992, I was unemployed. (Yes, two long years!) Hard to say exactly why it took so long to find another job, but suffice to say that it was a recession and after 9 years in the Advertising business (which was in the dumper) and no recent experience in Publis...

Mar 25, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The golden rule

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If there is any complaint I hear more than any other, it is that those we send messages to about jobs opportunities are not responsive. Sometimes even when a company or recruiter has taken the time to interview one of our members, weeks and weeks later all that is heard is silence. If this...

Mar 22, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Just in time budgeting

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One of the many concepts I learned when I worked for a large corporation (that will go nameless) was “just in time budgeting.” When I worked for this firm I thought it was a bad idea, but as life has gone by, I have come to appreciate some of its finer qualities and applicability. You see,...

Apr 15, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No one is out of work forever

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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 al...

Jun 02, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A time of renewal

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Although everyone thinks that spring is a time of renewal, actually (just like networking) any point in time and any excuse will do. For those who are in their 40’s and 50’s, periods of unemployment early in our career have probably been non-existent. The experience of being unemployed can...

Jun 29, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Zen and the art of job search

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I have never actually read any of the books that begin with the title I selected for this editorial, but I think I know what they were all about. Okay, maybe I don’t. Still, the thought comes to mind upon reading one of the responses I received recently that there is one aspect of your req...

Jun 21, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The golden rule – revisited

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As you all know, I get a lot of email. Most of it is actually pretty routine. There are the inevitable members asking me to reset their password for our website or to have their email address changed. Each week I also get a few good news announcements. (I always enjoy being the first to kn...

Jul 15, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A little breathing room

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I have often been heard to say, “Cash is a four letter word.” It is for this reason that taking a sound approach to your job search REQUIRES that you have your financial house in order. There is nothing that is more distracting than to be concerned about your finances during a search. With...

Jul 16, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It’s always better to be working

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When I was growing up, my father was in the construction business. Being a plumbing contractor or a consultant or even a job seeker these days isn’t all that different with respect to finding what I call “work opportunities.” I sense from talking to many members that there are those among ...

Jul 30, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t go it alone

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Job search is in many ways a unique experience. In contrast to the world of work where we have had folks reporting to us and have had folks that we reported to, the world of job search can tend to be a lonely place. Pre-Covid-19, outplacement facilities with their rabbit warren of cubicles...

Aug 02, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Life is a journey

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I have often noted to my friends who aren’t into boating that the difference between a power boater and a sail boater is that power boaters usually use their boats to go somewhere, whereas sail boaters are already there once they step onto their boat. In our goal driven, management by obje...

Aug 30, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG