Reading the tea leaves

Job Leads & Job Boards

Reading the tea leaves Cover Image

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard not to have my eyes glass over while reading job descriptions. It seems to me that they often put the most important information last, buried somewhere or disguised.I am, of course, referring to the EXACT city location of the job in question. Hey,...

Aug 22, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Retained versus contingency


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There is a great deal of fuss made out in “the world” about the difference between retained and contingency recruiters. If you want a full discussion about their differences and differing motivations, a very good source is “Rites of Passage” by John Lucht.All recruiters handle jobs in whic...

Aug 21, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Life is a journey Cover Image

I have often noted to my friends who aren’t into boating that the difference between a power boater and a sail boater is that power boaters usually use their boats to go somewhere, whereas sail boaters are already there once they step onto their boat.In our goal driven, management by objec...

Aug 20, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Spilling your guts


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With all of the flap these days about integrity, I am concerned that members of The FENG, being honest financial types, will again fall into their natural propensity to tell too much about things that are no one’s business.I hope that I can trust you to blather on about all of your technic...

Aug 17, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Read any good books? Cover Image

One of the little recognized facts about interviewing is that the most important part of what you are trying to accomplish in an interview is to make a personal connection with the interviewer.With all of the executive talent floating around these days, starting with the 34,000+ members of...

Aug 16, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

To a worm in horseradish Cover Image

My Grandmother emigrated to the United States around 1914. She grew up near Kiev in what is now the Ukraine (but we were always told was Russia). A Yiddish proverb she used frequently was: To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish. (My Grandmother had a thick Russian accent,...

Aug 15, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Give yourself a break

Being Out of Work

Give yourself a break Cover Image

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, whereas ...

Aug 14, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Rejected out of hand Cover Image

If there is one thing that is certain about us financial types it is that we always know the answer.Ask us a question and it isn’t long before we are well into the “primarily due to’s and partially offset by’s.” Yet, this major strength of ours and important skill set is an impediment to s...

Aug 13, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

By way of explanation


By way of explanation Cover Image

Whenever I sit and review candidates for assignments being handled through The FECG, I can’t help but be disappointed by many of the cover letters we get.I know that those who are applying feel they are qualified for the job in question, and being a financial guy myself, I know you could d...

Aug 10, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Meeting the RIGHT folks

Networking New Friends

Meeting the RIGHT folks Cover Image

Being successful at getting meetings with potential decision makers who don’t have a job right now, but who might make one for you after they meet you, is why networking is the most successful approach to finding a job. Frankly, this is how most business is really done at our level.If you ...

Aug 09, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

That strange device with the numbers

Human Interactions Standing Out From the Crowd

That strange device with the numbers Cover Image

Although I must admit that I no longer use #2 pencils, I am still greatly addicted to using that ancient device called a phone. (Although I do lean more and more towards Zoom these days.)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...

Aug 08, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Time stands still

Networking Old Friends

Time stands still Cover Image

I can never understand why people hesitate in contacting old friends.It has been one of the blessings in my life that over the 20+ years that I have been Chairing this august body, I have been able to reconnect with almost all of the people I worked with since the 1970’s. (Yes, I am that o...

Aug 07, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Members in need of assistance

Human Interactions

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I am sure I don’t need to tell all of you that The FENG is a remarkable organization. It is also unusual in its tone.If I had to come up with two reasons why things are different in The FENG than in the rest of the world, I would start with the fact that EVERYONE in The FENG was sponsored ...

Aug 06, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Damaged goods Cover Image

There was an article in The Wall Street Journal quite a few years ago that made the following points:1. The unemployed are damaged goods2. Recruiters prefer finding those who are not actively seeking new jobs3. Networking groups are of little valueWhile to a degree I hesitate to take excep...

Aug 03, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you serious in applying? Cover Image

Let’s be honest. There aren’t a lot of job postings in our evening newsletter that really are a fit for your particular background, salary and location preferences.This being the case, you would think that if you saw an opportunity in our newsletter that strongly fit your background, you w...

Aug 02, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Always take the high road Cover Image

America is a great place, isn’t it? Everything is always someone else’s fault. I guess this is why Americans are so quick to sue. After all, we can’t take the blame for that which has happened to us. There were significant mitigating factors. Primarily due to, partially offset by. I’m sure...

Aug 01, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You sure can rattle on Cover Image

Breathing is a very important activity. And, during an interview, you should be doing a lot of it.The guideline we begin our lives with is the ever popular 90 second announcement. I hope that all of you have mastered this art form. The 90 second announcement is an important tool in your jo...

Jul 31, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A 1,000 words (plus or minus)

Standing Out From the Crowd

A 1,000 words (plus or minus) Cover Image

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 el...

Jul 30, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Computers are here to stay Cover Image

I sometimes get the feeling from the format of emails I get and the strange formatting of resumes I see that there are those who believe computers are just a passing phase in our society.I don’t know how to break this to those of you who have been reluctant to “get with the program,” one o...

Jul 27, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t curb your enthusiasm

Standing Out From the Crowd

Don’t curb your enthusiasm Cover Image

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 spoke...

Jul 26, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Asking the right question


Asking the right question Cover Image

Networking appears to be filled with a lot of mystery, but it is actually a very obvious process.What most people do when they reach a networking contact is ask them if they know about any open jobs that would fit their background. This is one of the world's worst questions. Consider for a...

Jul 25, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG