The networking process


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In the days of wooden ships and iron men, the determination of longitude was thought to be an impossibility. The simple solution was creating a clock that was accurate enough to keep track of what time it was in Greenwich, England. If you knew what time it was at a fixed point and you knew...

Sep 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Gump happens

Being Out of Work

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If only each of us had a crystal ball (highly polished of course) that we could call upon over the course of our lives. The problem is that we don’t.I once heard a very nice presentation on how to get a good start in a new job. Parachuting in at the top is always difficult, and the speaker...

Sep 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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It is not unusual, and is perhaps typical, that members of The FENG would like to change industries. I wish I could tell you that this is easy. Unfortunately, I think the phrase “easier said than done” is applicable here.Of course, someone telling me that a project is impossible is always ...

Sep 25, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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If there is anything that typically jumped out at me when we had our meetings here in Connecticut, it was the need for us financial folks to be completely honest, even in our assessments of ourselves.However, interviews and 90 second announcements are no time for an extensive evaluation of...

Sep 22, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A wealth of information

Resume Writing

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The first time I show someone a navigational chart their eyes usually glass over. There are so many detailed pieces of information and so many strange colors and symbols. It can be more than a little overwhelming.Most folks purchase charts in bound books covering specific geographic areas....

Sep 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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It sure is romantic to think about a job offer out of town with a full relocation package as a way to start over again. And, in many ways and for some people, it just may be your ticket to a life of sheer happiness for you and your family.However, for most people I have known over the year...

Sep 20, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The fine art of commiseration

Human Interactions Networking

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It is, unfortunately, far too easy to fall into the trap of having a negative conversation with other members.While it is very important to have empathy for others, to get into extended discussions on the state of the world and how everything is hopeless benefits no one. The world is what ...

Sep 19, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The truth about jelly beans

Human Interactions Networking

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Many years ago, a college professor of mine related a story about one of his students who wrote a research paper about an experiment she conducted with an elderly stroke victim at a convalescent home near the campus.The basic premise of the experiment was that whenever the patient in quest...

Sep 18, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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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

I’ve got you covered


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We can all get a lot of help writing resumes. There are even lots and lots of very good books and articles on this topic.Still, the first thing most recipients read or at least glance at is your cover letter. As bad as most of the resumes I see are, the cover letters are often worse.We are...

Sep 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Approaching networking contacts


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Since The FENG has been built by friends introducing friends, I imagine that as an organization we are probably more sensitive to networking abuses than most people. Still, I thought it might be helpful if I took a little time tonight and suggested a few ways to go about this delicate proc...

Sep 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Eating elephants

Being Out of Work

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Unless you buy your mustard in 55-gallon drums, and have some very sharp knives, eating an entire elephant can be a formidable task, not unlike the task facing you at the beginning of a job search.There are so many things to do and all of them appear to be urgent. In addition, they all app...

Sep 12, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you know who I am?


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There is an extended joke I heard quite some time ago about a “gentleman” who was standing in line at an airline ticket counter trying to get on an over booked flight. In a demanding voice he uttered the above words at which point the ticket agent got on the PA system and announced that th...

Sep 11, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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One of the most challenging aspects of looking for a new “work opportunity” is having enough introspection to know what your special value is to a potential employer. I’m afraid that in most cases, we’re the last ones to know.When we do our 90-second announcements at our chapter meeting in...

Sep 08, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Fog, rifles & shotguns

Evolving Job Market

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The current job market continues to throw a large fog bank over the senior executive job market.Not just us financial types, but all college educated, well experienced executives are struggling with defining who they are and what they do to somehow match what they believe to be the opportu...

Sep 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

10 seconds or less

Resume Writing

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Based on the resumes I see on a daily basis, I am not sure there is full appreciation for the amount of time any reviewer gives to your carefully crafted opus.The sad truth is that unless the information presented has a clarity greater than the other documents in that stack of 100-500, it ...

Sep 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Proof of the pudding

Evolving Job Market

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One of the many fine traditions we have in The FENG is the sharing of job hunting tips.I have to tell you that recently I haven’t been hearing as many job hunting tips as I used to hear. No, it isn’t that I have heard it all. New things are certainly happening. The problem I fear is primar...

Sep 01, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Giving up as a concept

Being Out of Work

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One of the more interesting ideas floating around these days is giving up. I can’t say I am an expert on this topic, other than to say that I have heard about it at length from others. Not that they have actually bought into the idea; just that they were talking about it.As you all know, I...

Aug 31, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Defining who you are

Standing Out From the Crowd

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Probably one of the hardest things to do in life is to define who you are. Are you really your resume?Because we tend to be at companies longer than the members of other discipline areas, the reality of what it is we REALLY do best is not always obvious to us.A very long time ago when one ...

Aug 30, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Taking your temperature too frequently

Being Out of Work

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I don’t know if any of you feel as I do, but when I have a cold or the flu, it is at once annoying and thoughtful that those who care about us are constantly checking up on us.Thank goodness I’m not sick very often, but when I am I prefer to be left alone during “the cure.” Human beings va...

Aug 29, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hurting other members

Evolving Job Market

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It is of course true that our own self-interest at times quite naturally overrides our concern for others. If I am drowning, I can’t very well be expected to save someone else. It’s a kind of a “Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs” thing. For example, I find that members are frequently more helpfu...

Aug 28, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG