The Energizer bunny

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Probably one of the hardest things to do during a job search is keeping yourself energized. If you are conducting your job search from home, it can be even more difficult. The thing to recognize is that conducting a job search is in some respects painful for us financial types. We don’t ge...


Apr 28, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Getting value from chapter meetings

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As I am sure you know, Bruce Lynn and I run a chapter meeting here in Connecticut every month. Marty Latman runs two each month in New Jersey. I am always a little disappointed at the number of people who aren’t properly prepared. I am not criticizing the quality of 90-second announcements...


May 21, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you have enough friends?

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If there is anything those of you who have ever been engaged in a job search have learned is that NO ONE ever has enough friends. Although I count all 38,000+ of you as friends of mine, I still continue every day to try to make a few new friends. It is almost sad in a way that networking b...


Aug 05, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The futility of planning

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Over the past few months I have completed several projects on or for my sailboat. My father was a plumbing and general contractor, and having worked for him from the time I was 13 until I graduated from college, I am pretty handy with tools. I also had a lot of very old cars, and not being...


Jul 28, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

How are you doing?

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One of the hardest things to do during a job search or even during a difficult time at work is keeping yourself energized and positive. Here again is another example of how our basic honesty as financial folks gets in the way of our success. If you ask a financial guy how he is doing, you ...


Aug 06, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hanging onto the pain

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I don’t know if any of you remember the movie Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, but Raymond had a method for dealing with his pain. He kept a journal. Anytime someone hurt him, he wrote it down in his book. I don’t remember if he ever referred to his book or reread it for entert...


Aug 08, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me Ishmael

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Thus begins Moby Dick. Of course, I am more likely to say: “You can call me anything you like as long as it’s not late for dinner.” I have always believed that what YOU call yourself and what you want others to call you is one of the most important pieces of information you can know about ...


Aug 07, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The truth about jelly beans

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Many years ago a college professor of mine related a story about one of his students who wrote a research paper about an experiment she conducted with an elderly stroke victim at a convalescent home near the campus. The basic premise of the experiment was that whenever the patient in quest...


Sep 15, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The out-of-town job offer

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It sure is romantic to think about a job offer out of town with a full relocation package as a way to start over again. And, in many ways and for some people, it just may be your ticket to a life of sheer happiness for you and your family. However, for most people I have known over the yea...


Sep 17, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The fine art of commiseration

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It is, unfortunately, far too easy to fall into the trap of having a negative conversation with other members. While it is very important to have empathy for others, to get into extended discussions on the state of the world and how everything is hopeless benefits no one. The world is what...


Sep 16, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A wealth of information

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The first time I show someone a navigational chart their eyes usually glass over. There are so many detailed pieces of information and so many strange colors and symbols. It can be more than a little overwhelming. Most folks purchase charts in bound books covering specific geographic areas...


Sep 18, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Projecting a winning attitude

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If there is anything that typically jumps out at me when we have our meetings here in Connecticut, it is the need for us financial folks to be completely honest, even in our assessments of ourselves. However, interviews and 90 second announcements are no time for an extensive evaluation of...


Sep 19, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Who are you and why are you writing?

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I continue to be amazed and astounded how many emails I get every day that aren’t signed and/or that make only vague references to what they are about. “Thank you for adding Joe to our membership” isn’t really all that helpful unless I know who you are and who Joe is. I am fortunate in tha...


Oct 09, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Old friends and your job search

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One of the greatest disappointments you may discover during your job search is that old friends don’t call you back. When I began my job search back in 1991 and in the years since, I have often struggled to explain this syndrome to my many friends. My purpose is not to make excuses for any...


Nov 05, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Boo!

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It has been said that everything you really need to know, you learned in kindergarten. Several years ago, I had the great pleasure of going trick or treating with my grandson. It is one of those things you obviously can’t do at my age unless you have grandchildren living nearby, and I am s...


Nov 04, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

They’re a pack of liars

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There are an awful lot of people in this world who lie from time to time, some more frequently than others. And, not all of them are politicians. Others may have a different definition, but having an accounting background, I believe that anything that is said that isn’t the WHOLE truth is ...


Nov 06, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Common courtesy

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There are some who would argue that in this day and age of email, texting and Tweeting, the world has become a more impersonal place than in those halcyon days of yesteryear. Please say it isn’t so. In this electronic age, it has become SO easy to be personal, that I can’t for the life of ...


Nov 14, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The quest for eternal truths

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“Must have industry experience” often appears on position descriptions in this newsletter as well as ones one might see in the newspaper or on the various job boards that exist in the nether world of the Internet. The question is whether to respond or not to respond when the requirement is...


Nov 07, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Rules of engagement

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At most meetings of The FENG here in Westport I take a few minutes during my introduction to explain the best approach to contacting other members of our now vast organization. The best approach to contacting just about anyone, including other members, is to first send a letter of introduc...


Dec 04, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The too hard pile

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Everyone has a “too hard pile.” (Even I have one!) It’s all that work that sits in a pile by your desk and you never seem to get to it. I suppose there ought to be a law or something that would prevent us from leaving things in the “too hard” pile for very long. Of course, many of us...


Dec 09, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Welcome to 2020!

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One of my observations is that everyone seems to be shutting down earlier and earlier around holiday periods, and returning later and later. Last week was especially quiet. Well, we’re going to be off to a flying start tomorrow. My advice is wait until Tuesday to call anyone for networking...


Jan 05, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG