Computers are here to stay

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I sometimes get the feeling from the format of emails I get and the strange formatting of resumes I see that there are those who believe computers are just a passing phase in our society. I don’t know how to break this to those of you who have been reluctant to “get with the program,” one ...


Jul 24, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Saturday Night Live!

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I have been known to get seriously silly at times. (I know this will come as a great shock to all of you.)Back in the old days when I was able to stay up late, Saturday Night Live had an ongoing skit about an individual named Pat. Over the course of the seasons or season it was on (as I in...


Jan 03, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Please, give me a hint

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Every once in a while I get an assignment for The FECG that draws more than its fair share of attention. I think our all time high a few years ago was an assignment that drew 225 responses. However, even when you get an assignment that draws more than say 40 responses, it can get a little ...


Nov 14, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why bother saying thank you?

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For those of you who are sailing fans and/or history buffs and saw the movie Master and Commander: The Far Side of The World, there was a scene where Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany were having a heated argument about the merits of flogging. The comment made by the captain was that the good...


Dec 19, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

There’s honestly no excuse

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There was a time, I suppose, when it was really hard to get back to people. Let’s say someone sent you a smoke signal. I guess you would first have to build a fire, and a smoky one at that. If they sent you a message towards the end of the day, would you really have enough time to respond?...


Jan 03, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

E I E I O

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I suppose I could be wrong about all of this, but I find the use of “, MBA” as part of your name to be a bad idea. Yes, I know that not everyone has an MBA, but in my opinion unless you are a CPA or a Ph.D., you need to exercise a little caution in the initials you place after your name. M...


Jan 21, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Save the Nauga

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I assume that most of you are unaware that in addition to being Chairman of The FENG, I am also president of the Save The Nauga Society. I have been actively involved in trying to save the nauga from extinction for many years. While naugas existed in most parts of the world in large number...


Jan 17, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The sploosh syndrome

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Life onboard a boat, whether sail or power, is in many respects different than life on dry land. I was watching Ax Men on the History Channel a few years ago and the crew dropped a bolt on the ground from one of their pieces of equipment for which they didn’t have a replacement. Despite th...


Feb 28, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Proper uses of boilerplate

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One from column A and one from column B. Sure makes it easy, doesn’t it? Much as our electronic world makes life simple, it also makes it more complicated in certain ways due to the opportunity to be lazy or inattentive to details. Just as there are only a few themes for good writing (man ...


May 13, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When in doubt, throw it out

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I don’t know if your incoming snail mail is anything like ours, but we sure get a ton of unsolicited mail. The procedure we follow in our house is to pile the mail up and pull over a large garbage pail. The rule is, “when in doubt, throw it out.” Hard to believe how much junk mail we get o...


Mar 15, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

All I know about you is in front of me

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To quote George Bernard Shaw: “The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” With respect to our power to communicate, we live in a remarkable period of time. I normally respond to 50-100 unique emails every day. I have been doing this for many years and ye...


Jul 09, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When the going gets tough, the tough get silly

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Tomorrow I will begin processing a rather large batch of new members. It is actually a two week batch as I was on vacation the past two weeks. I realize that new members are not totally indicative of how everyone is doing their resume, but I have to tell you that their resumes aren’t all t...


Jul 12, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A firm belief in the Tooth Fairy

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I hope I will not sound like I am in a bad mood or anything, but I have to tell you that the bulk of the messages I get from members need a lot of work to make them appear as proper business correspondence. I wish I could believe this is only how you write when you are corresponding with y...


Aug 27, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Making your emails look professional

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I don’t know if you will agree, but I’m almost convinced that email is going to stick around for a while as a business tool. This being the case, I would like to make the bold suggestion to all of you who write emails (and hopefully that is everyone in The FENG) that you “get with the prog...


Aug 21, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Always do your best work

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I have never quite understood why the emails I get are so sloppy. I fully realize and accept that most people don’t type 90 words a minute like I do. Still, even if you only hunt and peck, it is my honest advice to you that you make an effort to spell words correctly and to check your sent...


Sep 06, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

After all we have meant to each other

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A few times a week I get a note from one of our members asking me to stop the newsletter. Although sometimes I do get an explanation of sorts, most times I don’t. All I get is the subject: Unsubscribe.Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but I am a little offended that someone who has been rece...


Sep 19, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Abbreviations

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I guess the desire to shorten just about everything is part of human nature. I once worked with a guy named Harry and the boss insisted on calling him Har. I suppose he could have called him H, but maybe that was TOO short.When I was in college, everyone was talking about the ATGSB. For th...


Oct 31, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Best supporting actor

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I once wrote an editorial I called: Your resume stands aloneIf I must say so myself, it was one of my better missives. It highlighted the simple fact that unless your resume sings your praises properly, you honestly don’t stand a chance. A resume needs to be complete, as in no missing jobs...


Sep 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Living in an iPhone and Twitter world

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Many of the inventions of the modern world are either the best things or the worst things to ever happen to us.It is a true fact (as opposed to a false fact) that we are now able to do a lot more communicating with each other than ever before. Personally, I stand amazed that I send out our...


Dec 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Keeping it personal

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I am always mildly amused at this time of year by most of the holiday cards and holiday emails I receive.My personal favorite in the mass emailing category was one I received a few years ago that was addressed to me not by name but began instead “My Dearest Friend.” No, I am not kidding. I...


Dec 16, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The failure to communicate

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The story I hear more often than not is how perfect someone was for a particular posting and their amazement that they didn’t get a call.Of course, there are a lot of possible reasons why someone doesn’t get a response. It could be they applied too late. It could be that there were require...


Dec 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG