The holiday networking season

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I try to take a few minutes of your time every year at this holiday season to remind you what a gold mine this time of year is to your networking efforts. Whether you are working or not working. Whether you are looking for a job or very happy where you are, this is the time of year when yo...


Nov 25, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hi, it’s me the pest!

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The amount of follow up to do with recruiters and networking contacts is always a tough call. It is hard not to feel like a pest when you call. (After all, you ARE being a pest.) However, if you aren’t persistent and keep in touch with those who might be in a position to help you on the da...


Dec 05, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Performing the behaviors

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I’m not sure why it is, but most financial folks think they are terrible networkers. The truth is that scattered throughout our newsletter every night are ideas you can harness in your daily life to earn the title “Master Networker.” All of us are amateurs, I suppose, at most things we do ...


Dec 18, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Help me out – buy a ticket

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I try to have several phone calls every week with members seeking advice about what to do about their job search.It is a good question and one not easily answered even if I know you very well. In the course of a conversation (speech is the slowest form of communication), I don’t know how m...


May 16, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates

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In my distant past I remember seeing a commercial in which an Abraham Lincoln look alike was sitting in an employment agency office. As the recruiter was flipping through his Rolodex he was telling old Abe that without “that sheepskin” he really wasn’t going anywhere. I guess the same thin...


Aug 13, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The pot of gold

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I often get the feeling from talking with members about their job search, that many of you are reluctant to use our Member Directory Search feature to full advantage as part of your job search. I only wish I understood why.The FENG membership directory is honestly the pot of gold at the en...


Mar 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The quest for personal relationships

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Over the many years that folks moved off the farm and the security of their local communities to the “big city,” a rather significant shift took place in American society. Please understand that I am an accountant by trade and not an historian, but I believe that 90% of all Americans lived...


May 03, 2022

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

Building your inner circle of friends

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If you are having trouble getting your job search off to a flying start in 2020, may I suggest you try increasing your inner circle of friends? The most valuable feature on our website is Member Directory Search: http://thefeng.org/membersonly/memberSearch.php All you have to do is follow ...


Jan 07, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Building your inner circle of friends (part two)

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The idea that you can wipe the slate clean is an enduring and endearing idea of mankind, and one I fully support. No matter how bad you have been at networking in the past year, this week you have the opportunity to get a strong start on building and strengthening your inner circle of frie...


Jan 08, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The suspension of disbelief

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Key to the success of most movies is the suspension of disbelief. There are so many improbable events that make of the fabric of what you are viewing, that without this critical element in full force, in most cases the pleasure you experience wouldn’t be there. (My favorite phrase is “base...


Jan 20, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Tinker Bell, fairy dust, happy thoughts and time

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For those of you who are not familiar with the Tinker Bell story, all you need to know to understand tonight’s editorial is that the fairy dust Tinker Bell could sprinkle on you would only make you fly if were thinking happy thoughts. Let me add to this idea about thinking happy thoughts, ...


Jan 23, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking-A navigation problem

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Acting as captain and primary navigator for a sailboat as I do is challenging at times. Back in the old days before I had a Loran or a GPS unit, life was much more difficult. Step one in navigation is to get out a chart of your local area that hopefully has both your starting point and you...


Feb 09, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking-The NFL approach

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A lot has been written over the years and in this newsletter about the do’s and don’ts of networking. In his book, Rites of Passage, John Lucht talks about the NFL approach to networking where you block and tackle your networking contacts and hold them down until they come up with at least...


Feb 23, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking is easy

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I am never surprised when a member tells me that he isn’t good at networking. As financial professionals, we tend to “come with the woodwork.” In any major corporation, the accounting department is usually where you will find most of the longest service employees. And, it is not only our s...


Feb 27, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Paying back favors

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One of the worst feelings you can have when you are networking is that you are drawing down favors from everyone you contact and you honestly have no way of repaying their many courtesies. Unfortunately, this is not your imagination. True networking is, of course, a give and take. Hopefull...


Mar 18, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A beautiful mind

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Several years ago in the movie “A beautiful mind” about John Nash, the mathematical genius, one of the things that made him brilliant was that he could see patterns in numbers and words that no one else could see. Detecting hidden patterns or reading between the lines is one of the skills ...


Apr 20, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The power of networking

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For those of you who have been spending any significant time surfing the job boards may I suggest you stop and turn that energy to networking? I had the great pleasure of speaking with an old friend of mine some time ago (yes, most of my friends are old, but this one is actually just a lit...


May 18, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Stress reduction in networking

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I suppose it is hard to believe, but those on the receiving of networking calls actually experience more stress than you do. Yes, I know that picking up that 400 pound phone isn’t easy, but neither is responding to phone calls from those who have been trained in the NFL approach to network...


May 06, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Asking for specifics

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One of the worst things that anyone networking can do is to ask if you know of any jobs for them. I can assure you that the most likely answer will be something to the effect that two weeks ago they came across something that was right for you, but they can’t remember who it was they heard...


May 21, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your inner circle of friends

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The FENG is a circle of friends, not a job listing service. The question I would have for each of you is, have you recently worked to expand your inner circle of friends within The FENG? Regardless of when you joined our august body, and even if you went through our membership directory at...


Jun 16, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG