Reach out and touch someone

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It’s very easy in these difficult and unusual times to feel that there is nothing you can do. With the constant barrage of the 24/7 news cycle, it is also very easy to believe that what is going on is never going to end. Well, it may never end. Be that as it may, while we are waiting for i...

Mar 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Surviving storms at sea

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For my birthday, my daughter bought me a book: “A Voyage for Madmen” by Peter Nichols. The book is about the first Golden Globe race from Falmouth, England which began on April 22, 1969. Nine men set off on a race around the world. Ten months later, only one of them made it back. Keep in m...

Mar 31, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Doing useful things

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I hope tonight’s newsletter finds all of you in good health and good spirits. It is vitally important during this national crisis to not be “deer in the headlights.” There are things that all of us can do. Some for ourselves and some for others. As you all know, I spend several hours every...

Apr 06, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling from your own wagon

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Although we are frequently willing to accept lower salaries and/or lesser responsibilities, the greater challenge is convincing the world at large of our willingness and overcoming their resistance. What we see as age discrimination, they see as just plain common sense in screening candida...

May 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you good for nothing?

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One of the many things I am always surprised about is the degree to which most members of The FENG generalize their very specific talents. I assume that this approach is their attempt to broaden their background and make it appear more appealing to a larger audience. While it is always req...

May 27, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Practice makes perfect

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Although we are all familiar with the above expression, I am not sure if everyone understands the importance of this idea to his or her search and how to get to where you need to be. The “big show” is of course an interview. When you finally get yourself in front of a hiring manager all as...

Jul 07, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your hidden assets

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Almost all of the resumes I see are from members or new member applicants. In any given week, I go through a batch of 40-50 resumes. What is surprising is how much trouble some folks go to disguising their seniority and great skills. It is my belief and I hope to make it yours as well, tha...

Jul 21, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t curb your enthusiasm

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Perhaps it is because I have been a Chief Financial Officer that I find financial folks of all types to be interesting people. The rest of the world may disagree, but who cares? As a “breed” we tend to be individuals of high integrity, and generally personable and well spoken. By well spok...

Aug 06, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A 1,000 words (plus or minus)

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I assume that almost all of you have a LinkedIn account. I don’t know how each of you use it, but in addition to looking up your fellow members using our Member Directory Search feature, I strongly recommend that you check LinkedIn prior to connecting with just about everyone. If nothing e...

Aug 10, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

That strange device with the numbers

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Although I must admit that I no longer use #2 pencils, I am still greatly addicted to using that ancient device called a phone. If you’re not sure what that is, it has a keyboard that looks a lot like a 10 key pad, but the number 1 is in the upper left hand corner of the 12 key array inste...

Aug 19, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Docking your boat

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Let’s start with the fact that she weighs about 22,000+ lbs., and instead of being on dry land with wheels in firm contact with asphalt, it is more like driving a car on glare ice, only harder. I have been heard to say that there are only two difficult times when you are sailing – leaving ...

Sep 22, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Two anchors or one?

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A long time ago I got into a discussion with another captain about the wisdom of setting two anchors. It may sound silly, since I am known on board my sailboat as Captain Safety, but I have never set two anchors. And, even though I have read a lot about it over the years, in most cases I d...

Oct 29, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Mastering technology

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This is probably just a lucky guess on my part, but I have the very real sense that the high technology tools we have to conduct a job search are here to stay. (To quote Larry King, “High technology, what will they think of next?”) Friends, Al Gore invented the Internet a long time ago. An...

Dec 01, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG


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When asked how your job search is going or your job, the best answer is “unbelievable.” Unbelievable can of course mean in reality good or bad. If things are really really bad, they are certainly unbelievable. And if you are pinching yourself to make sure you are awake, they could also be ...

Jan 10, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The ability to communicate

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The changes that have taken place in the past 15 years in our ability to communicate are truly remarkable. What with personal computers, email, cell phones, voice mail, iPads and iPhones you can use just about from anywhere, you would think that those of us engaged in business pursuits wou...

Apr 09, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maintaining your focus

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Life is made up of a lot of endless details. And, as financial people, the endless details are where we shine. I have said from time to time that eating an elephant is best done one bite at a time. (Mustard would probably also be a good idea.) Most tasks, no matter how enormous they may se...

Apr 27, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you over qualified?

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I’m sure tonight’s topic will generate a lot of comments. Those of you who would like to join in on this discussion are invited to send your comments to [email protected] The short answer to the question of the moment is: I hope so! If you weren’t, I’m not really sure how you were added t...

May 03, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling from an empty wagon

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I often get the feeling listening to members of The FENG that they feel like they are selling from an empty wagon. Friends, it just isn’t true. What triggered tonight’s editorial was a few comments I got from one of our members about the issue of dates for your college degrees. The “produc...

Jun 21, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t be lazy

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In a sense, a sailboat isn’t a complicated machine. Compared with other means of transportation such as cars or planes, there really isn’t much to a sailboat. Sails are pretty simple, and if you are like me, you don’t use the motor if you can avoid it. (We only burned 50 gallons of diesel ...

Dec 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Give yourself a break

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Back in 1991-1992 I was unemployed. Yes, two full years. Honestly, cash was starting to get a little tight. But more importantly, although I had a lot of free time, it was hard to enjoy it. Money, and the prospect of more, tends to focus the “let’s have some fun” part of our brains, wherea...

Aug 13, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Adapting in Darwinian fashion

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I’m not sure if any of us really want to adapt to changing world conditions in true Darwinian fashion. That would require that only those of us with appropriate features survive to create the next generation.As human beings, we have the unique ability to adapt who we are and what we are to...

Sep 15, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG