I will work for food

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Although the job market appears to be getting better, it is still a sad fact of life these days that most of our members face the prospect of a salary lower than they previously enjoyed.From our perspective as financial folks we struggle with the burden of our hard won escalations in salar...


Aug 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Who is your customer, what is your product?

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If I had to put my finger on the one issue that confuses senior financial professionals it is the subject above. Who is the customer for your services, and what is your product?When I have chatted with or had email exchanges with members who were going through outplacement, the bad advice ...


Aug 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Playing to an empty house

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I have often wondered how actors polish their performances before the first show. With only the director and the producer in the audience it just can't be the same. Sure, you are up there on stage and perhaps even in full costume, but there is no audience clapping or talking to each other ...


Jun 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A career in marketing

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Just as they should require finance and accounting courses for the members of the other professions in this world, they probably should require more marketing classes for the members of our profession.The question we are always trying to address, whether we are looking for work or currentl...


Jun 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do the “experts” know anything?

Do the “experts” know anything? Cover Image

I have observed over my life that most of the people identified as experts are wrong a very high percentage of the time. In much the same way that a clock that has stopped is right twice a day, some acknowledged experts are identified by the media as genius only because they inadvertently ...


Feb 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Talking on the phone

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Most of us in the financial community find talking on the telephone to be one of the more challenging things we do.I believe the primary reason is that most of our work is accomplished in written form. When we do present our work to the boss or to our peers, it is usually done face to face...


Dec 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Presenting your credentials

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Job search is a draining and discouraging process at times. (Or, is that most of the time?) Well, maybe not, unless you make it so.The truth is that most of us financial types stay in jobs a lot longer than those in other disciplines like marketing or sales. In addition, most of the work w...


Dec 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating value from a negative

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The story goes that my grandmother had a marble statue. When it came time to break up housekeeping she decided that this was something she would sell. She thought it would be a good idea to clean it up a bit, but in the process managed to knock off one of the fingers on the hand of the mai...


Mar 08, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What are your sizzle points?

What are your sizzle points? Cover Image

Very few among us are professional sales folks. It is for this reason that some of the more subtle elements of interviewing can easily go by us. When you decide to make a purchase you often have to justify it to others. When you do, you will find yourself repeating things the salesperson t...


May 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG