The darkest hour is before dawn

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The published job market isn’t ever as strong as we would like it to be. That said, with 34,000+ members, I would hope we could generate more job leads for our newsletter. A few suggestions follow below.If I may paraphrase Yogi Berra, our politicians have messed up right field so bad I don...

Oct 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Oops, I made a mistake!

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It sure is a disappointment to find out you aren’t perfect.I don’t know about you, but I have always enjoyed the fact that typically the spreadsheets of my life tick and tie. I guess it goes with the territory of being a senior financial executive. Most things in our lives are measurable o...

Oct 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Stopping the aging process

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The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about the steps people are taking these days at work to conceal their age. I understand where this comes from. Ageism, as with all forms of prejudice, comes from ignorance. Across all of the ways of earning a living, it is true that SOME work...

Nov 24, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Tilting at windmills

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From time to time, I have been accused of tilting at windmills. Actually, I am never offended when I hear this because in large part everything we do in The FENG has elements of it, and I’m proud of it. It has indeed been a long road developing The FENG. Most importantly, I haven’t had to ...

Dec 11, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you selling the right stuff?

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I don’t know how many of you are aware of it, but The FENG began its life as an organization of VERY senior financial professionals. In the beginning our original core group was over 50 and a few of those folks were even older. The idea was that senior financial professionals needed more h...

May 04, 2022

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 year...

Sep 20, 2022

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 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The clock is always ticking

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As accounting professionals we always remember to ask: “What is the deadline?” The problem is that when it comes to job search, a deadline is often not indicated. I am sensitive to this little quirk that is apparently hard wired in the minds of my many friends, and for this reason, job lea...

Feb 17, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Urban legends of job search

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In the 20+ years that I have been Chairman of The FENG, I have heard more nonsense about job search approaches than any of you would believe. Some of the most accepted practices such as leaving off graduation dates and the proverbial “to present,” even when you have been gone for several m...

Feb 02, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Just call me Superman

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Job descriptions, especially the ones that go on for pages and pages, have to make you smile. That said, with my many years of experience in the Advertising business, I am a big fan of long copy. Long copy sells. In the context of position descriptions posted in our newsletter I believe it...

Mar 12, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Goals and objectives

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My wife and I go cruising on our sailboat every summer for about two weeks. During that time it is a sound bet that there will be at least two full days where we won’t be able to get off the boat most of the day because it is raining too hard. Of course, I always have email to do. Sometime...

Apr 02, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Capitalizing on opportunities

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During this period of time when all there is going to be over the next few weeks is bad news, it is hard to think about a path forward. I’m sure there is one, but I don’t see it yet. Earlier today I got a call from a Demetria Clark. As we began our conversation, I think she picked up on th...

Apr 07, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Necessity-the mother of invention

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With each passing day, it has become clearer that face to face meetings of The FENG are not going to be happening any time soon. At the beginning of time itself, when The FENG consisted of only the Westport Chapter and was only about 50 members, some folks in Philadelphia got wind of the f...

Apr 14, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Humpty Dumpty and other matters

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As we begin another week with a significant percentage of the US economy shut down, I hope tonight’s newsletter finds you and yours in good health. In terms of everyone’s priorities, I would politely suggest that this be your primary focus. With respect to the economy, at this point in tim...

Apr 12, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Just keep going

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As we head into yet another week of lockdown, I hope that tonight’s editorial finds you and yours in good health and good spirits. If you and yours are at least in good health, I would be happy with that alone. I will admit that with each passing day it is getting harder and harder to reme...

Apr 16, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Learning new things

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I spent almost the entire day today learning how to host meetings on Zoom. In addition to my desk station, I had two laptops set up in my office so I could see what you will be seeing. I also roped my wife and son (who is also The FENG’s webmaster) into helping educate me on the ins and ou...

Apr 22, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your allotted time

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I do tend to rattle on. Some night I will tell you the FULL story about how I removed my own home heating oil tank from my property. (It is a long story with many fascinating twists and turns.) The problem is that most folks really don’t want to hear about it. And, even those who have inte...

Apr 23, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Doing what you CAN do

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There isn’t much I personally can do about the job market. I caught a few minutes of the evening news tonight, and as many as 20% of the work force in the USA is now unemployed. These are staggering numbers. Equally staggering is that almost 64,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. With h...

Apr 30, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Chat with Matt

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As all of you know, The FENG is going “all in” on Zoom. To prove my commitment to all of you and to our mission of educating members about the job search process, I will be hosting a daily 30 minute Zoom meeting. Details about tomorrow’s meeting appear below. I hope you will join us. The d...

Apr 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

There are evil doers

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The executive search business isn’t what it used to be, but then what is? And, who knows what it will be during (or after) COVID-19. I hate to bore those who already know the primary difference between recruiters, but I hesitate to assume. Retained recruiters typically have an exclusive ri...

May 07, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Sharing our knowledge

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From time to time, I write an editorial that generates very thoughtful responses from our members. I hope that all of you appreciate those individuals who write in as much as I do. It is an important part of The FENG, that we each take the time to share our knowledge with one another on to...

May 10, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG