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Today’s events in Washington, DC

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For those of you who don’t know my entire background, please know I served in the United States Army for two years, 1969 and 1970. I can’t say it was a happy time, but I was fortunate to perform my entire service at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. For those of you who have attended my meeting...


Jan 06, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Never let a volunteer get away

Evolving Job Market

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At the beginning of time itself in 1995, there was only a Westport Chapter of The FENG. In fact, the name of entire organization was The Financial Executives Networking Group of Fairfield County Connecticut. Over the past 25 years we have grown into an International organization with 37,00...


Nov 10, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What is a “Tip Talk?”

Evolving Job Market

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I’m sure I don’t need to go into the details, but it goes without saying that the past 9 months of unending stress have been hard on all of us. I don’t know what happened to it, but when I worked for “the great corporation,” I had a bulletin board in my office with one section covered in c...


Nov 09, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Enabling technology

Evolving Job Market

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When I became Chairman of The FENG in 1996, there was at the time an emerging technology called the Internet. (Rumored to have been invented by Al Gore.) I was working for The Thomson Corporation at the time and had learned how to use email. Some days I got as many as 10 emails! (This was ...


Nov 08, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Things to do this week

Networking

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Top of the list is, of course, to vote if you have not already done so. My second suggestion is to NOT call anyone until at least Thursday. Everyone is “deer in the headlights” over the election. Hopefully it will be decided by end of day Wednesday so we can all get back to doing whatever ...


Nov 01, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Silver bullets and the tooth fairy

Outplacement

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From time to time I get inquiries about the services of career consulting firms. (Please understand I am not talking about recognized and well respected outplacement firms such as Right Management and Lee Hecht Harrison, nor am I talking about a few individual Career Coaches who are known ...


Sep 13, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Lights are out in Connecticut

Editorials

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It’s always best to try to make the best of a bad situation. What was forecast as a tropical storm, apparently was a lot more severe by the time it hit Connecticut. At about 2PM yesterday I was on the phone with an old friend when the lights went off, not to return. Sadly, it looks like th...


Aug 05, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Sailors are a naturally friendly lot. (Yes, another sailing analogy!) As one of the other couples my wife and I met at a marina pointed out, it would be considered more than a little strange to go to a motel or hotel and start introducing yourself to other people and ask them if they wante...


Jul 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No right answers

Resume Writing

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As a part of my frequent “joys of sailing” ideas, 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 asto...


Jul 23, 2020

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, tha...


Jul 21, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Extending the hand of friendship

Networking

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The name of Rodney Eaton may or may not be familiar to you. Or, you may be saying to yourself that you recall seeing that name, but you don’t know where. Rodney has been a member of The FENG since 2013. And, during that time he has sponsored 184 new members. The reason you know the name is...


Jul 19, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Doing what you CAN do

Evolving Job Market

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There isn’t much I personally can do about the job market. I caught a few minutes of the evening news tonight, and as many as 20% of the work force in the USA is now unemployed. These are staggering numbers. Equally staggering is that almost 64,000 Americans have died from Covid-19. With h...


Apr 30, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Chat with Matt

Evolving Job Market

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As all of you know, The FENG is going “all in” on Zoom. To prove my commitment to all of you and to our mission of educating members about the job search process, I will be hosting a daily 30 minute Zoom meeting. Details about tomorrow’s meeting appear below. I hope you will join us. The d...


Apr 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Learning new things

Evolving Job Market

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I spent almost the entire day today learning how to host meetings on Zoom. In addition to my desk station, I had two laptops set up in my office so I could see what you will be seeing. I also roped my wife and son (who is also The FENG’s webmaster) into helping educate me on the ins and ou...


Apr 22, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Just keep going

Evolving Job Market

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As we head into yet another week of lockdown, I hope that tonight’s editorial finds you and yours in good health and good spirits. If you and yours are at least in good health, I would be happy with that alone. I will admit that with each passing day it is getting harder and harder to reme...


Apr 16, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Necessity-the mother of invention

Evolving Job Market

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With each passing day, it has become clearer that face to face meetings of The FENG are not going to be happening any time soon. At the beginning of time itself, when The FENG consisted of only the Westport Chapter and was only about 50 members, some folks in Philadelphia got wind of the f...


Apr 14, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Humpty Dumpty and other matters

Evolving Job Market

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As we begin another week with a significant percentage of the US economy shut down, I hope tonight’s newsletter finds you and yours in good health. In terms of everyone’s priorities, I would politely suggest that this be your primary focus. With respect to the economy, at this point in tim...


Apr 12, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Capitalizing on opportunities

Evolving Job Market

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During this period of time when all there is going to be over the next few weeks is bad news, it is hard to think about a path forward. I’m sure there is one, but I don’t see it yet. Earlier today I got a call from a Demetria Clark. As we began our conversation, I think she picked up on th...


Apr 07, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I hope tonight’s newsletter finds all of you in good health and good spirits. It is vitally important during this national crisis to not be “deer in the headlights.” There are things that all of us can do. Some for ourselves and some for others. As you all know, I spend several hours every...


Apr 06, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Fool’s gold, job leads & networking

Job Leads & Job Boards

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A long time ago I received an email from one of our members comparing and contrasting the job leads he was getting from various sources. The quick story is that he was a subscriber to two paid services in addition to our newsletter. What I found disappointing was his closing comment which ...


Mar 29, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reach out and touch someone

Standing Out From the Crowd

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It’s very easy in these difficult and unusual times to feel that there is nothing you can do. With the constant barrage of the 24/7 news cycle, it is also very easy to believe that what is going on is never going to end. Well, it may never end. Be that as it may, while we are waiting for i...


Mar 26, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG