Social media and job search

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Anyone who wants to jump in here and correct me is more than welcome to do so, but I have come to the conclusion that there are a lot of misconceptions about the value of social media in your job search.Let me be clear that I strongly recommend you have as complete a LinkedIn profile as yo...


Oct 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reading your own resume

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It is always a good idea to read your own resume. Sadly, I find that many people don’t.The typographical errors are bad enough. For example, in a batch I once reviewed for one of our assignments for The FECG, one member even had an obvious error in how he spelled his own name. (Yes, you ca...


May 19, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The grass is not always greener

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Out of the frying pan, into the fire. We sure have a lot of expressions relating to the very simple problem of thinking that life would be better if we were only somewhere else. I’ll add another: You can’t go home again. I can assure you that the dream job you once had contained blemishes ...


Mar 23, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Yeah, what do you want?

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Sometimes the phone here are world headquarters gets a little quiet. Several minutes can go by and no one calls. It is enough to get you a little out of practice in answering the phone. So, from time to time I just pick up the phone (even though it isn’t ringing) and say hello to see if my...


Sep 13, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Stale cigar smoke

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In the movie Patton, George C. Scott explained why America was going to win the war. In brief, Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. As we do our best to achieve success in the job market, looking and acting like a winner can be difficult. It is just too easy to fall into ...


Jul 30, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Working the room

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Bashfulness has never been my strong suit. Nevertheless, when confronted with a room of strangers, it is never easy to figure out a logical way of connecting with appropriate folks. However, having the courage to do so is actually easier. Let’s start with preparation. You need to have busi...


Sep 14, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What is your theme song?

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Over the years, I have found that I keep certain CD’s in my car and I play them over and over again. I supposed I shouldn’t admit this to a wide audience, but one of my favorite music categories is sea shanties. (It goes along with my hobby of sailing). When I had cassette tapes, I actuall...


Jul 16, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

First impressions

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We have all heard the old saw: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” There is also this amendment: “Don’t make your first impression your last.” I only wish everyone would be so kind as to repeat these sayings to themselves in all the things they do with regard t...


Apr 02, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Who is your customer, what is your product?

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If I had to put my finger on the one issue that confuses senior financial professionals it is the subject above. Who is the customer for your services, and what is your product? When I have chatted with or had email exchanges with members who were going through outplacement, the bad advice...


Aug 05, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

An advertising over promise

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For almost a decade I was Chief Financial Officer of an Advertising Agency.In addition to learning how to deal with a wild and crazy bunch of folks, I learned a lot not only about the advertising business, but also about advertising in general.One of the facts that I learned was that a goo...


Nov 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t pretend to be what you’re not

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I have over the years had endless discussions with our many members on the topic of disguising your age or generalizing your background and despite my best arguments, I find people still doing it. Hopefully it is not the same people. (Why don’t they listen to me?)Actually, I am not whining...


Dec 02, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling what’s in the wagon

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As the length of time grows since your last “assignment,” the battle cry that is heard more frequently is the need to reinvent yourself.I’m not exactly sure how one can REALLY do that. As my Grandmother used to say: “I am who I am.” The question I would pose to you is, are you sure you hav...


Jan 30, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling from a full wagon

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One of the great mysteries of this world is why consultants are expected to be over qualified for any job, but when it comes to hiring on a full-time basis, companies don’t want anyone who is over qualified. Go figure.The frequent comment from clients for consulting work is “I hope I am no...


Apr 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Bad first impressions

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It is an old saw that “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”Although I write about email from time to time, it hasn’t really improved what I am getting from all of you, but I know change comes slowly to us financial types. In an effort to bring the point home a li...


Feb 28, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Changing industries

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More often than not, members of our networking group prefer to change industries when they change jobs.I have to agree that changing industries isn’t such a bad idea. In fact, the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills we have learned to a totally new situation is an attractive conc...


Jun 01, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating a competitive advantage

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With the number of folks competing for every available job these days, it is easy to fall into the trap of trying to “cheat” in some way to create a competitive advantage for yourself. The sad truth is that most of the approaches I see on a daily basis do exactly the opposite.The tradition...


Jun 05, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your many hidden talents

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The subject of tonight’s editorial is “Your many hidden talents and the ones you are developing.”I talked to one of our active members recently and the thought occurred to me that all of you are probably developing skills and not even aware of it! Life does have a way of sneaking up on you...


Jul 11, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A sharp focus

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A jack of all trades, a master of none.In the world of CFO’s, Controllers and Treasurers, the primary skill sets of members of The FENG, it is certainly true that we can probably do anything. Still, at this stage of our careers the likelihood of anyone considering us to do “anything” is re...


Jul 18, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Defining who you are

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Probably one of the hardest things to do in life is to define who you are. Are you really your resume?Because we tend to be at companies longer than the members of other discipline areas, the reality of what it is we REALLY do best is not always obvious to us.A very long time ago when one ...


Aug 30, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The importance of hobbies

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I once worked for a division president who wouldn’t hire anyone who didn’t have a hobby. His theory was that your brain couldn’t be active and productive if you didn’t have something to think about other than work.While he admired those with “fire in their belly,” he was a man with hobbies...


Sep 29, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Saying thanks

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One of the gag gifts that my wife got once was a “Stress Busters” calendar. Since she couldn’t find a place for it on her desk at work, she gave it to me. (I suppose it was one step away from the garbage pail.) Since I got it after the start of the year, I was able to fast forward through ...


Feb 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG