The curse of the cover letter


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To tell you the truth, I almost never read cover letters first. Perhaps you remember the joke about the doctor who told his patient to take a warm bath and 4 aspirin. When he called the next day, the patient informed him that he could barely get the warm bath down.It is much the same case ...

Jul 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maybe they won’t ask


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I know it is hard to believe, but some of us good natured and hard-working financial folks actually leave companies under conditions that leave us with the possibility of less than glowing references. Perhaps we were misunderstood, or in some cases, we just got a new boss. It is also possi...

Jul 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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There was an article in the New York Times several years ago about how employers and recruiters no longer seem to get back to job seekers, even when they have been serious candidates for particular opportunities. Things haven’t gotten much better over the years.As easy as it is to click re...

Jul 12, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your many hidden talents

Standing Out From the Crowd

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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

Projecting a winning image

90-Second Announcements

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If there is anything that typically jumps out at me when we I meet our members in person or on Zoom, is the need for us financial folks to be completely honest, even in our assessments of ourselves.However, interviews, 90 second announcements, networking calls or meetings are no time for a...

Jul 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A time of renewal

Being Out of Work

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Although everyone thinks that spring is a time of renewal, actually (just like networking) any point in time and any excuse will do.For those who are in their 40’s and 50’s, periods of unemployment early in your career have probably been non-existent. The experience of being unemployed can...

Jul 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Talking on the phone


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In speaking with members of The FENG over the years, it is clear that everyone would enjoy hearing a few words of wisdom on making phone calls. Of course, everyone knows how to push the buttons on the phone, but apparently not everyone is having as much fun doing it as they should.Over the...

Jul 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Qualified members only


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What is a qualified member? With many members out of work these days, and search firms with assignments in short supply, I thought I would take the time tonight to restate our approach to leads posted in our newsletter.Those leads which include “please use my name in contacting” and genera...

Jul 05, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Paint on a smile

Human Interactions

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With the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, a great opportunity will be presenting itself to you in the form of gatherings of those who know you (and presumably love you).In order to enjoy the greatest benefit, you need to paint on a smile. I don’t care if you have been out of work 3 or...

Jun 29, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Variations on a theme

Resume Writing

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For those of you who used to watch Sesame Street back in the 70’s, there was a great skit where one of the Muppets wanted a piece of pie and a glass of milk. Although there was no pie, the Muppet in need of that particular food item kept trying different variations such as a glass of water...

Jun 28, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling The FENG


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I need everyone’s help.No, The FENG isn’t for sale in the retailing sense. That said, it is vitally important that each us every day and in every way, make the “outside world” aware of our unique organization.Last fall I did a promotion to the search community. We have approximately 4,000+...

Jun 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Losing a few pounds

Communicating your value

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I don’t know about you, but I have always wished I were a few pounds lighter. That said, no one should suggest to me that this is the reason I can’t find a job. (As long as my clothes fit.)Gray hair shouldn’t be on their list. Nor should someone suggest surgery to look better. (This one is...

Jun 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It must make sense (to them)

Human Interactions Networking

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When I was in my mid 30’s, I had the great honor of being treasurer of my congregation, a job I held for 4 full years.It is probably true that I lean towards all-consuming jobs. Or, perhaps I just try to do a good job even when I am not getting paid. Nonetheless, I discovered a lot about h...

Jun 23, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The beginning of the rainbow


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I know there are still a few unbelievers out there. Yes, they walk among us. Believe it or not, networking is the ticket. If you are waiting to be called and invited to the dance, think again. It isn’t going to happen.Let me suggest to you that The FENG membership database is the pot of go...

Jun 22, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The Superman syndrome

Evolving Job Market

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It has been my observation for many years that most of our members who are in their 40’s and 50’s move from large corporations to middle market ones. The reason, as I have often pointed out is that large corporations don’t hire senior executives except rarely. For good and valid reasons, t...

Jun 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I have often wondered how actors polish their performances before the first show. With only the director and the producer in the audience it just can't be the same. Sure you are up there on stage and perhaps even in full costume, but there is no audience clapping or talking to each other t...

Jun 20, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why we share job leads

Job Leads & Job Boards

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One of the core values of being a member of The FENG is that we share job leads.There are a lot of reasons why we do this, and it isn’t just because it is a nice thing to do. It is actually a very smart thing to do. The only problem is that it is apparently a counter-intuitive idea. So, fo...

Jun 19, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Those lazy hazy days of summer

Evolving Job Market Networking

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As a season, summer is sure hard to beat.The days are warmer here in the Northeast. The days are also longer. No more getting up when it is pitch black and coming home when it is pitch black. (Winter is so depressing!) And, outdoor activities like sailing, tennis, and golf sure can’t be be...

Jun 16, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I used to be very good at multi-tasking. Now that I have gotten older, I am not as good at it.I have a lot to do every day, so when someone writes or calls I find it very helpful if they take a moment at the beginning of their communication to give me some hint how I might be most helpful ...

Jun 15, 2022

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 networki...

Jun 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I’m sure all of you have been to weddings and other kinds of gatherings where the host for the event has the need to say a few words. Not being great public speakers, these opportunities can be very painful or at times very funny, even when the host doesn’t intend for them to be.One of my ...

Jun 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG