EDITORIALS

The usual pack of lies

Being Out of Work

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I often wonder to myself how politicians can do so much lying and get away with it. Okay, sometimes we boot them out of office for lying, but we only replace them with new folks who also lie.The truth I suppose is subject to each person’s individual judgment. What one person considers to b...


Oct 25, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The great white elephant sale

Job Leads & Job Boards

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One of the core values of The FENG is our willingness to share job leads with each other.For some reason people seem to overvalue job leads. There are lots of things that are wrong with published job leads. For one thing, it is a fair fight. I much prefer networking where there is often no...


Oct 24, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The importance of labels Cover Image

For those of us who read the newspaper from time to time, one can’t help but notice that just about everyone who is mentioned in any story is given a label.The label selected is usually something very simple such as “a 46 year old truck driver from Illinois.” In this case it is someone’s c...


Oct 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Putting your own mask on first

Human Interactions Networking

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For those of you who were flying road warriors before Covid-19, I can understand that you may no longer remember the very helpful discussion that preceded take off.Personally, I don’t think that anyone who doesn’t know how to work the seat belt should really be let out alone to wander the ...


Oct 20, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What do you do exactly? And, who are you?

Standing Out From the Crowd

What do you do exactly? And, who are you? Cover Image

The process of self-assessment is never easy. It is sort of like taking out your own appendix, but without anesthetic.As senior financial folks, it is often the case that we don’t have to engage ourselves in the game of “What is it we do? And, who are we?” until very late in our careers. U...


Oct 19, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Crawling out from under their rocks

Outplacement

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Every once in a while I get a note from one of our members about folks who are promising to find him/her a job by waving their magic wand.I can almost see these so called miracle workers crawling out from under the rocks they call home. You would think that exposure to sunlight would kill ...


Oct 18, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The ingratitude of superiors

References

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As a group I think you will agree that most financial folks tend to be modest. I am not sure, but I think there was a required course on the dangers of bragging back in college, because it is like pulling teeth to get most members to provide an honest assessment of what they did.There were...


Oct 17, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Change - The only constant

Evolving Job Market

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I’m not sure why human beings resist change. It is truly the only constant in our world.For almost 6 years I worked for The Thomson Corporation, a company that was really into change. I used to joke that we reorganized every week even when it wasn’t really necessary, just to keep in practi...


Oct 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Geese and golden eggs Cover Image

Since we have many new members each year AND many members who may be active again from time to time, I thought it might be a good idea if I wrote about our “qualified members only” approach to responding to job leads and why it works for you.First, let’s understand that posted jobs are onl...


Oct 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Handling customer objections

Interviewing

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Anyone involved in personal selling will tell you that one of the more difficult tasks faced by any salesperson is handling customer objections.The easiest customer objections to handle are the ones the customer tells you about. Innocent sounding questions like “What colors does it come in...


Oct 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What’s the big rush? Cover Image

As I hope all of you know, I have a consulting practice called The Financial Executives Consulting Group, LLC. (As time permits, please visit our website: www.TheFECG.com to see what we do.) Bruce Lynn is my business partner. We both also devote significant amounts of time on a volunteer b...


Oct 11, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating an inner circle of friends

Networking New Friends Old Friends

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It is a sad fact of life that no one ever has enough friends. Men in particular (and our membership is 90% men) seem to have a difficult time making friends.The whole “guy thing” sort of works against us, I suppose. Men are supposed to be strong and never need help from anyone. Remember wh...


Oct 10, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What I did on my summer vacation

Interviewing

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Remember back at the beginning of time when you would return to school in the fall and would have to write something about what you did all summer?Oh how I envied all those kids who did exciting things over the summer. We didn’t have a lot of money and my father was a plumbing contractor, ...


Oct 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

That was so 15 minutes ago

Evolving Job Market

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It is at all times important to remember that Americans live in the present and the future.If you want to sound like an old person all you have to do is spout phrases like “I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon.” Or, “I remember when we did spreadsheets with pencils and calculators.”To...


Oct 06, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Working your contacts Cover Image

I would be the first one to agree that finding ways to keep in touch with your business contacts during a job search is more art than science. That said the old saw “out of sight, out of mind” applies here.At the end of my two year job search which began in 1991, I had about 1,400 index ca...


Oct 05, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Paint me a pretty picture Cover Image

Personally, I am not a big fan of art museums. Sure, there are particular “objects of art” that I find to be of interest, but I guess I find the walking around part a little tiring.For amusement during these art museum tours I try to overhear what the tour guides are saying. The at length ...


Oct 04, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your many product benefits

Interviewing

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One of the biggest problems you face as a senior financial executive is that you have too many product benefits. In a very real sense, you are too good to be true.For those of you who have been hearing you are “over qualified,” let me suggest to you that you are. After over 20 years of wor...


Oct 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

That feeling of incompetence

Being Out of Work

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Have you ever felt you didn’t know anything about computers? I do all the time, and I have been using them since my first Apple IIe.Still, there is just so much to know and so much to learn. And, the rules keep changing. Things that work on one computer don’t work on my next one. (Why Micr...


Sep 30, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Feelings of helplessness

Being Out of Work

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“They” say (I don’t know who they are) that searching for a job is filled with highs and lows.It doesn’t matter who you may have heard it from or how often you heard these words of consolation, if you have been through a long job search, you know the feelings. I suppose we can find ways to...


Sep 29, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Lucy, you got some splaining to do

Interviewing

Lucy, you got some splaining to do Cover Image

Down sized, right sized, laid off, fired, reduction in force. I think you have to agree that the world has developed a very colorful vocabulary to describe those things that have caused many of our members to be active in their respective job searches.If one of us went in for an interview ...


Sep 28, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Counterintuitive ideas

Evolving Job Market

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There are a lot of counterintuitive ideas out in the world. (It is sometimes called “out of the box thinking.”) What may not be fully recognized is that The FENG, our little circle of friends, is based on quite a few radical ideas, and amazingly they all work.The earliest premise of our or...


Sep 27, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG