25 words or less

25 words or less Cover Image

The resume format is sure constraining. If only the world was willing to listen to us rattle on. Unfortunately, they aren’t. The “standard” acceptable resume format is either two or three pages. Anything more tells the reader that you don’t know how to communicate. Perhaps I should also me...


May 04, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Everything is a story about you

Everything is a story about you Cover Image

I always find it interesting what people say about themselves. Those who deal in hiring decisions have so many hidden tools in their arsenal. I suppose the obvious manifestations of who you are come across in the body of your resume and, of course, in your 90-second announcement. What thos...


Jun 07, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

An executive of true mystery

An executive of true mystery Cover Image

I am always amazed and astounded how frequently the resumes I see are missing vital information. What I am not clear about is WHY the individual in question thinks that leaving off important data will benefit him or her. Let me start at the top of the list and mention missing home addresse...


May 13, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No right answers

No right answers Cover Image

As a part of my frequent “joys of sailing” ideas, I thought I would talk about docks around Long Island Sound. Although one can drag anchor, one rarely drags dock. (A little sailing joke for you.) Sure, it is a rather arcane topic, but hopefully it is one that you can use to amaze and asto...


Jul 23, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me a compulsive

Call me a compulsive Cover Image

Over the course of any given week I have the great honor of reviewing well over 100 resumes. Honestly, no one should be allowed to have this much fun. As I page through the many approaches to presenting one’s credentials, I am frequently dismayed by the way that some of the most important ...


Aug 03, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A sharp pencil

A sharp pencil Cover Image

When it comes to writing, there is no more powerful tool than a sharp pencil.I long ago declared war on unnecessary words. Why? Because they are unnecessary.The normal space allotment for a resume is two pages. Okay, if you have to go to three I might be able to live with it, but generally...


Mar 01, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A clear piece of communication

A clear piece of communication Cover Image

It isn’t often that I get a great resume, but I got one recently. I guess I wasn’t surprised given who sent it to me. Although it was three pages, it was still crisp and concise. Perhaps it could have been shaved down to two pages, but it really didn’t bother me that it was a little longer...


Sep 03, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No one has time for mysteries

No one has time for mysteries Cover Image

At one time many years ago I had a lot of time for reading. I picked up an Agatha Christy novel and I was hooked. Over the next several months I believe I read just about everything she had written up to that point. I know that when we moved, I had quite a box of books. Trying to pick up t...


Oct 12, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me Mr. Know-it-all

Call me Mr. Know-it-all Cover Image

I know we don’t mean to do it, but as financial types who come to our decisions the hard way (usually the long scenic route), we often react to information being presented to us by others in a dismissive, “oh, I knew that” manner. I suppose there was a time in my life when I actually thoug...


Dec 13, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The hobgoblin of consistency

The hobgoblin of consistency Cover Image

As many of you know, I have a variety of backgrounds. I was not only in the publishing business for 10 years, I was also in the advertising business for 9 years. Communication, or the assumption that it has taken place, is at the core of most of the problems in this world. (Okay, there are...


Oct 15, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Asking for and accepting help

Asking for and accepting help Cover Image

One of the biggest challenges I face on a daily basis is getting our members to ask for and accept help when they need it. I suppose it is a guy thing and roughly 90% of our members are guys. As everyone knows, guys don’t ask for directions at the gas station. (Have you ever wondered why? ...


Dec 16, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Help, I’m trapped in a nut shell!

Help, I’m trapped in a nut shell! Cover Image

There is no greater challenge in this world than summing yourself up in 90 seconds or writing a proper summary for your resume. As many of you know, I was CFO of an advertising agency in the 1980’s. Initially, I used to wonder why the creative folks got paid so well. As I got more and more...


May 18, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What do companies want?

What do companies want? Cover Image

  I have written on many occasions about how to structure your resume. I have also written about bringing your resume through stages of development. Like any selling document it is essential that you keep it growing and fresh. Going through the birth pangs of building your resume can often...


Jun 26, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Please, give me a hint

Please, give me a hint Cover Image

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

E I E I O

E I E I O Cover Image

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

The failure to communicate

The failure to communicate Cover Image

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

Square pegs and round holes

Square pegs and round holes Cover Image

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

The burden of communication

The burden of communication Cover Image

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

Outgoing signatures (yes, again)

Outgoing signatures (yes, again) Cover Image

Of course it would be an understatement to tell you that I believe in the value of a FULL outgoing signature. In much the same way that I am a Fanatic FENG’er, I am also a fanatic when it comes to the substance and format of outgoing signatures. (Persnickety is another word.) I try not to ...


May 31, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Can you spel?

Can you spel? Cover Image

Some of the notes that I get from our many learned members fill me with dismay. I often wonder, do they send notes with spelling and grammatical errors just to me, or do they provide this special service to everyone in the world? I do get a chuckle over some of them, but by and large I get...


Jun 01, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Catch me if you can

Catch me if you can Cover Image

In 2002, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks starred in a movie about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. The basic story is that over the course of several years, Carl Hanrat...


Dec 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG