Matt's secret decoder ring

Life Lessons

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Back at the beginning of time itself (1991-1992), I was unemployed for the first time since getting out of the Army in 1971.Although I did have an IBM compatible computer that I bought when I lost my job, this was a “pre-laptop” period of time. In order to keep all my contacts organized, I...

Jul 24, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Over the course of any given week I have the great honor of reviewing sometimes as many as 100 resumes. Honestly, no one should be allowed to have this much fun.As I page through the many approaches to presenting one’s credentials, I am frequently dismayed by the way that some of the most ...

Jul 23, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t go it alone

Being Out of Work

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Job search is in many ways a unique experience.In contrast to the world of work where we have had folks reporting to us and have had folks that we reported to, the world of job search can tend to be a lonely place.Back in the day, outplacement facilities with their rabbit warren of cubicle...

Jul 20, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It’s always better to be working

Being Out of Work

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When I was growing up, my father was in the construction business. Being a plumbing contractor or a consultant or even a job seeker these days isn’t all that different with respect to finding what I call “work opportunities.”I sense from talking to many members that there are those among u...

Jul 19, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The FENG’s many power tools

Networking New Friends

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The FENG is here to serve you. As noted below, our Job Search Clubs are off to a strong start.I thought I would use tonight’s editorial slot to remind you about our “Stop by My Office” offering. I don’t recall exactly when I started it, but it was quite some time ago and it doesn’t appear ...

Jul 18, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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During April, May and early June I am usually preparing our sailboat for our annual two week trip.I take pretty good care of my boats, but still, there is always a maintenance list. This year, as is my practice, I went through each and every locker, removed everything and went through it i...

Jul 17, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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It is a truth in this world that we get paid the most for doing something that is at the high end of our skill set.For example, you would be willing to pay big bucks to a skilled surgeon to take out your appendix, but you would probably not be willing to let me take out your appendix at an...

Jul 16, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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There is no more powerful tool than a sharp pencil. (The only equally powerful tool is The FENG’s Member Directory Search feature.)I long ago declared war on unnecessary words. Why? Because they are unnecessary. Duh!The normal space allotment for a resume is two pages. Okay, if you have to...

Jul 13, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Human Interaction

Human Interactions

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Since we have so many new members each year, I thought I would write something tonight about the mission of The FENG and how we accomplish our objectives for one another.Sailors are a naturally friendly lot. (Yes, another sailing analogy!) As one of the other couples my wife and I met at a...

Jul 12, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No right answers

Resume Writing

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In my continuing “joys of sailing” series, I thought I would talk about docks around Long Island Sound. Although one can drag anchor, one rarely drags dock. (A little sailing joke for you.)Sure, it is a rather arcane topic, but hopefully it is one that you can use to amaze and astound your...

Jul 11, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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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,...

Jul 09, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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One of my friends used to call me “the can do” guy. (Now he calls me “Mr. Chairman.”) I know he meant it in the nicest possible way, and I suppose that in many respects I am the can do guy. There really isn’t much that I won’t tackle. Perhaps it comes from my Midwest self-reliance or the f...

Jul 06, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A little breathing room

Being Out of Work

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I have often been heard to say, “Cash is a four letter word.”It is for this reason that taking a sound approach to your job search REQUIRES that you have your financial house in order. There is nothing that is more distracting than to be concerned about your finances during a search.With a...

Jul 05, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The golden rule – revisited

Being Out of Work Networking

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As you all know, I get a lot of email. Most of it is actually pretty routine.There are the inevitable members asking me to reset their password for our website or to have their email address changed. Each week I also get a few good news announcements. (I always enjoy being the first to kno...

Jul 02, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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We are fortunate in the financial professions to be blessed with a very high degree of transferable skills.Still, the next job for most of us isn’t going to be all that much different from our last one. While it is certainly possible that we will change industries, it is less likely that w...

Jun 29, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I have written on many occasions about how to structure your resume. I have also written about bringing your resume through stages of development. Like any selling document it is essential that you keep it growing and fresh.Going through the birth pangs of building your resume can often fe...

Jun 28, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Unsolicited advice

Human Interactions

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There was a cartoon I saw many years ago. The picture was of a man playing a piano in what was obviously a western saloon. The sign above the piano read: “Don’t shoot the piano player. He’s doing the best he can.”I have often lamented that the most difficult task I face each day is getting...

Jun 27, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The truth, as retold by ….

Being Out of Work Interviewing

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I am always impressed by the eternal truthfulness of the many members of this august body. Unfortunately, it is one of the many things about us as financial folks that gets in the way of our finding a new job.As many of you know, I spent 9 years as Chief Financial Officer of an advertising...

Jun 26, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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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 is the continuing comments I get from our members about the issue of dates for your college degrees. The “produc...

Jun 25, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Practice makes perfect

Standing Out From the Crowd

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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 asp...

Jun 22, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Can you hear me now?


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I still remember with fondness the cell phone commercial where the technician is in the middle of a swamp somewhere and he is testing his cell coverage. I don’t know where he might be, but he wasn’t here in Weston, Connecticut where we have limited cell coverage. (Thank goodness we can now...

Jun 21, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG