The proper placement of obstacles

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As we used to go around the table at our meeting here in Connecticut (pre-Covid-19), I was always surprised by the time devoted in 90 second announcements to where folks wouldn’t move and what kinds of jobs they wouldn’t take. I have always been of the philosophy that I will go anywhere to...


Sep 17, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reasons for inaction

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Labor Day has now passed and, unofficially the summer is basically over. There are, unfortunately, all kinds of events and holidays during the calendar year that can cause us to delay addressing our job search, and I thought I would use the “idea” of these dates as a prime example of the i...


Sep 08, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It’s always about people

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One of the most vexing problems potentially facing those who are active in their search is the decision to accept a job offer you don’t really think is right for you. The agonizing issue of turning down a job offer is only matched by the difficulty of getting one in the first place. Those ...


Sep 28, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The sounds of silence

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If losing your job wasn’t bad enough, the reluctance of business associates at your former company, as well as those who serviced your company as attorneys, accountants or recruiters to return your phone calls can be particularly disheartening. Actually, if you gave it some thought, you wo...


Sep 27, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Keeping your chin up

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There are lots of good reasons to keep you chin up. Of course, the most important reason is that it is easier to hit! Okay, I am just kidding with you. But seriously, some members have been active in their search for so long, that I fear many of them are beginning to believe things that ha...


Oct 06, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A lifeboat mentality

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Unfortunately for all of you, my wife bought me a book once when we were on vacation about the whale ship Essex. No need to go into all the details here, but the short story is that the ship was rammed by a whale and began to sink. Being a devoted sailor, I have certainly read other novels...


Oct 19, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The importance of alumni involvement

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There is no topic that comes up more frequently than how can we keep our alumni members deeply involved in the goings on of our organization. Among a small number of our members there is a desire to put their whole ugly job search thing behind them and move on with their lives. In some cas...


Oct 20, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No steps forward, two steps back

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One of the most difficult challenges in a career is being faced with taking a step or two back. Because we tend to stay with companies longer than most senior managers, the gains we make in our career in terms of compensation and responsibilities are hard won and painstaking achieved. So, ...


Oct 22, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Accepting help

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One of the less well recognized phobias in this world is the fear of accepting help from others. Perhaps it is primarily a guy thing and it explains why we never used to ask for directions at the gas station, but when it comes to job search it is another one of the many things that “...


Oct 27, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The art of being sensitive

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I’m sure there are those of you out there who remember a positively awful movie starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts called “The Mexican.” Some of you may have seen it and have been trying desperately to forget it. I don’t blame you. Anyway, there was this one scene in the movie where Juli...


Oct 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Developing a thick skin

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It has often been said that I am a sensitive guy. I don’t think anyone who does what I do as a volunteer could be characterized as anything different. Still, when it comes to job search, being sensitive probably isn’t a good thing. You know the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would hav...


Nov 05, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Starting over is never easy

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Although I constantly repeat our two mantras that all jobs are temporary and that one is never actually employed, only between searches, when this truth rears its ugly head I don’t know if anyone is really prepared. As the clock winds itself down on a current assignment, it is usually a st...


Nov 02, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Money is important

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When it comes to deciding if someone is a fit for a particular position, industry experience and candidates current locations are often the first criteria that employers consider when weeding out applicants. After these first two issues appear to be satisfactory, the next point of focus is...


Dec 02, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The captain can show no fear

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There was this very amusing comedy routine that I heard many years ago. During part of it, the comedian pointed out that when operating on a patient under local anesthetic, surgeons are not allowed to say “oops.” (I know what I mean when I say oops. What did he mean?) In much the same way,...


Dec 14, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Pitfalls and their avoidance

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The world of job search can be an uncharted place. I can’t think of any activity that is so specific to one’s background, while at the same time one that we generally don’t practice a whole lot until the crisis is upon us. Over most of our careers for us stable financial types, practicing ...


Dec 09, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Putting it behind you-NOT

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Since much of what we do in The FENG is about job search, I thought it might be appropriate to make a few suggestions to everyone about what to do when you do actually find a new job. I’ll be blunt. Job search is primarily filled with uncertainty, highs and lows and activities like making ...


Dec 21, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hanging on to unpleasantness

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I don’t know if you remember “Rain Man” with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, but there was one scene where Tom Cruise either hit or yelled at Dustin Hoffman and Dustin proceeded to write it down in a notebook he carried. He was very meticulous in noting the “offense” and the date and time. ...


Jan 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Doing useful things

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I hope tonight’s newsletter finds all of you in good health and good spirits. It is vitally important during this national crisis to not be “deer in the headlights.” There are things that all of us can do. Some for ourselves and some for others. As you all know, I spend several hours every...


Apr 06, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Two anchors or one?

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A long time ago I got into a discussion with another captain about the wisdom of setting two anchors. It may sound silly, since I am known on board my sailboat as Captain Safety, but I have never set two anchors. And, even though I have read a lot about it over the years, in most cases I d...


Oct 29, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maintaining your focus

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Life is made up of a lot of endless details. And, as financial people, the endless details are where we shine. I have said from time to time that eating an elephant is best done one bite at a time. (Mustard would probably also be a good idea.) Most tasks, no matter how enormous they may se...


Apr 27, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Give yourself a break

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Back in 1991-1992 I was unemployed. Yes, two full years. Honestly, cash was starting to get a little tight. But more importantly, although I had a lot of free time, it was hard to enjoy it. Money, and the prospect of more, tends to focus the “let’s have some fun” part of our brains, wherea...


Aug 13, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG