The consummate professional

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The title of this editorial is actually: “The consummate professional in an electronic world,” but I thought that was a little long.As senior financial professionals, we tend to stay in our jobs a long time. Up until I was 46, I only had 3 jobs. Who you are and what you are tends to be kno...


Jan 12, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Some amazing things

Some amazing things Cover Image

Should I ever retire to do stand up comedy, I can assure you that I have more than enough material to keep any audience in stitches for hours.As Chairman of The FENG for the past 26 years, I have to tell you that I always thought that things would improve, but now I know (sadly) that they ...


Feb 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

How very incomplete of you

How very incomplete of you Cover Image

I don’t know about you, but the people who write to me and the people I call (when they’re not there) frequently drive me crazy.Let me start you off with the idea that I am a big fan of FULL outgoing signatures. A full outgoing signature includes your “greeting to use,” your physical addre...


Apr 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Before you hit send, think

Before you hit send, think Cover Image

One of those things about being on a boat that isn’t well understood by those of you who spend most of your time on dry land is what I call the sploosh syndrome. As a backyard mechanic, I have dropped nuts and bolts on the ground from time to time while working on my car, and though they m...


Mar 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The curse of the cover letter

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To tell you the truth, I almost never read cover letters first. Perhaps you remember the joke about the doctor who told his patient to take a warm bath and 4 aspirin. When he called the next day, the patient informed him that he could barely get the warm bath down. It is much the same case...


Jul 14, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

I’m smiling on the inside

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I’m sure all of you have been to weddings and other kinds of gatherings where the host for the event has the need to say a few words. Not being great public speakers, these opportunities can be very painful or at times very funny, even when the host doesn’t intend for them to be. One of my...


Jun 12, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating actionable communication

Creating actionable communication Cover Image

As you all can probably imagine, I get a lot of email and phone calls every day. A previous editorial of mine titled “Say what?” focused on the content of your message. Tonight’s editorial is a little more on the mechanical side and touches on providing sufficient information to the person...


Jul 15, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Kidnap notes

Kidnap notes Cover Image

Sad to say, the typical email cover notes I see bear a strong resemblance to classic kidnap notes. You know the ones I mean. Randomly selected letters and words cut from magazines and newspapers and pasted together on a piece of paper to communicate a demand for money. Perhaps this is a li...


Jul 25, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The importance of responding to messages

The importance of responding to messages Cover Image

I guess there has indeed been a total breakdown of law and order. Not only are many people ignoring their email, they are also apparently ignoring their phone calls. I don’t often make cold calls to support our consulting practice. Most of our clients in The FECG are actually members. And,...


Oct 01, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

I’ve got you covered

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I am fast coming to the conclusion that most people don’t understand the purpose of a cover letter. Either that or I am greatly confused.My little window on the world is The FECG, the consulting practice that I share with Bruce Lynn. With any luck, a few times a month, alumni members of Th...


Jan 23, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Square pegs and round holes

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When we review candidates for assignments being handled by The FECG, we try to do our dead level best to “push the envelope” on your behalf and try to find some way to visualize your credentials as fitting the assignment currently in hand. After all, you responded. It could be you are righ...


Apr 12, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now? Cover Image

One of my favorite commercials of all time was Verizon’s cell phone commercial. I actually didn’t like it, but because it is so well known I use it as a point of humor when talking to those I call and who call me when their cell phone connection fades in and out. Honestly folks, if you hav...


Oct 22, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Demonstrating attention to detail

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The world today is filled with more opportunities to communicate than ever before. From email at your desk station to email by smart phone, to texting, to telephone calls. Every time you reach out and touch someone, all they know about you is what you send them. As one of my friends used t...


Oct 17, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you want to be found?

Do you want to be found? Cover Image

I never cease to be amazed at the extremes job seekers go to hide. It is almost as if they would prefer NOT being selected for a job interview. Call me silly, but I make every attempt to make it easy for others to contact me. I know it isn’t the default, but I have even been known to use a...


Oct 30, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Attached is the file

Attached is the file Cover Image

Many of us pride ourselves on being brief. Being a financial person in part is defined as being factual and to the point. Any member of our profession who had a tendency to rattle on would be viewed as a little odd, don’t you think? Many of you may be aware of Calvin Coolidge and his reput...


Oct 29, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating actionable messages

Creating actionable messages Cover Image

I’m a pretty organized guy. If I weren’t, it would be impossible to get all the things done in a day that I try to accomplish. (Sometimes I have even gotten all my email up to date!) Still, a few times a day I get an email from someone with incomplete information. A few years ago I wrote t...


Nov 18, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

To Whom It May Concern

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One of the more amusing aspects of this time of year is the effort some people make to reach out to those in their address book with holiday greetings of some kind. In years past, this took the form of Hallmark cards, all very colorful, that I opened and put on the fireplace mantel and/or ...


Dec 12, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Local candidates only

Local candidates only Cover Image

I know how disheartening it can be to get to the bottom of a job posting and see those deathless words: “Local candidates only.” Still, the facts are that there are always lots of qualified folks applying for any great job, and at least in major metropolitan areas there is no need for a co...


Dec 08, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The burden of communication

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I often hear members complain about people not reading their resume carefully enough. The subject usually comes up when members have been rejected for a job or haven’t gotten a response for a job they were convinced represented a fit. Alas, the sad truth is that WE bear the burden of prope...


Feb 04, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The importance of being personal

The importance of being personal Cover Image

I don’t know about you, but I can almost always tell when I get a thinly disguised personal mailing that is actually a mass mailing of some kind. On the one hand, I am glad you are communicating with a lot of folks because you need to do that. But, there is a big difference between doing a...


Feb 03, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Facilitating communication

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I don’t know how many of you go for humorous movies. There aren’t too many good ones, but when there is a good one, the part I enjoy the most is “the running gag.” In the movie Airplane, for example, Lloyd Bridges playing the part of McCroskey starts by saying: “Looks like I picked the wro...


Feb 18, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG