Meeting the RIGHT folks

Networking New Friends

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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 ...

Jul 18, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When the going gets tough, the tough get silly

Resume Writing

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Earlier this week I processed this week’s batch of new members. It was actually a two week batch as I was on vacation for two weeks.I realize that new members are not totally indicative of how everyone is doing their resume, but I have to tell you that their resumes aren’t all that differe...

Jul 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do all new jobs disappoint?

Evolving Job Market

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One of the comments I have heard from time to time is that the new job that someone just found isn’t as exciting as the one they lost. It seems at times that most of our members find themselves in a downward spiral as they change jobs. The companies are smaller and often the pay packages a...

Jul 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hard on the wind

Being Out of Work

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Since not all of the members of The FENG are sailors, I really need to start this editorial with the idea that you can’t sail directly into the eye of the wind. In fact, you generally have to be about 45 degrees off the wind to make any headway. However, this is only a real nuisance at tho...

Jul 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

All I know about you is in front of me


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To quote George Bernard Shaw: “The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”With respect to our power to communicate, we live in a remarkable period of time. I normally respond to 50-100 unique emails every day. I have been doing this for many years and yet...

Jul 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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It has only been since about the time of the American Revolution that sailors have had the technology available to find their exact location on the face of the earth. Although determining your latitude was possible (those are the lines that run around the middle of the earth like the equat...

Jul 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Have you ever wondered who is that guy/gal in the mirror? I’m sure we all stare at that familiar face from time to time, but the real question is who are you and what do you do best?You would think that if you just took a few minutes and read your own resume, you could solve this one, but ...

Jun 30, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Taking a step back

Being Out of Work

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Let’s be honest, even though the unemployment figures suggest a strong job market, things are still challenging for members of our “well experienced” membership. This always being the case, many of our members consider opportunities that are well below their previous levels of responsibili...

Jun 29, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why bother saying thank you?

Correspondence Human Interactions

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For those of you who are sailing fans and/or history buffs and saw the movie Master & Commander: The Far Side of The World, there was a scene where Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany were having a heated argument about the merits of flogging. The comment made by the captain was that the go...

Jun 28, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The luxury of discouragement

Being Out of Work

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I suppose that feeling sorry for yourself feels pretty good. The problem is that it doesn’t do you any good and doesn’t benefit you in any way, shape or form.In this era of long job searches, it is easy to fall into this pattern of self abuse. Frankly, I don’t encourage it.While the light ...

Jun 27, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Fewer close friends?

Human Interactions

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There was mention in an article several years ago in The Wall Street Journal that Americans have fewer close friends. Intrigued at the time, I “Googled” and found a few press reports about the article.According to an article in American Sociological Review, in 1985, the average American ha...

Jun 23, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reading, an important skill

Job Leads & Job Boards

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I think that anyone conducting a job search would agree that to be really effective and have any chance, one must know how to read.Like anything else, reading skills exist at many levels. The purpose of tonight’s editorial is to clarify the nature of the job leads in our evening newsletter...

Jun 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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There are several folks who claim credit for it, but one of the things I have been heard to say from time to time that I didn’t make up is that “90% of life is just showing up.” (Okay, perhaps it is only 89%. Whatever!)As we begin the months of the so called summer doldrums, I would ask al...

Jun 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Unsolicited advice

Human Interactions

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It is a sad fact that most men don’t appreciate getting unsolicited advice. That said, there are even those among us who reject advice they have asked for out of hand and in a dismissive way.The giving and receiving of advice is always a delicate balance. Even though probably 75% of my mai...

Jun 20, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you good at what you do?

Evolving Job Market

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It is not well known, but there are very few people in the world who actually know how to do things. I would suggest to all of you that, yes, I’m talking about YOU.As the world slowly crawls out from under all the changes that have happened as a result of COVID-19, opportunities will be ap...

Jun 17, 2021

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 ...

Jun 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I guess the old saw is that free advice is worth what you pay for it. The other popular expression I use from time to time is “consider the source.”There is a whole “guy thing” about the giving of unsolicited advice. In much the same logic as the old saw about guys not asking for direction...

Jun 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Just as they should require finance and accounting courses for the members of the other professions in this world, they probably should require more marketing classes for the members of our profession.The question we are always trying to address, whether we are looking for work or currentl...

Jun 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Staying hidden from view

Being Out of Work

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I often wonder if people really want to be found.It ranges from the lack of an outgoing signature with your FULL contact information on the emails I receive to voice mail that repeats your phone number when I call, but doesn’t indicate whose phone it is. The latest wrinkle in the past few ...

Jun 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Explaining the magic

90-Second Announcements

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One of the great challenges we face as financial folks is explaining to non-financial types what we do for a living. And, some of us financial types do things that are so esoteric that we need to work hard to even explain what we do to fellow financial types.At one time, I was Chief Financ...

Mar 04, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Getting back at it

Being Out of Work

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Okay sports fans, the new year has begun. It is now January 19th and time is slipping away. At the moment this year promises to be filled with as many challenges as last year, but don’t allow that stop you. (Sadly, the light at the end of the tunnel may indeed be a speeding locomotive.) ...

Jan 19, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG