Just checking in with you

Old Friends

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I spoke to one of our members of long standing a few years ago who joined when we only had 100 members. Yes, I know it is hard to believe that The FENG only had 100 members as recently as 1997, but it’s true. We have indeed come a long way! I guess I had one of my many flashbacks while I w...

Jun 07, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The truth would probably hurt more


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If only those you interviewed with were legally able to tell you the truth about why you aren’t being considered for a particular job. Unfortunately, the things they are allowed to say to you are very limited. Lawyers do really run the world. If we lived in a Jerry Seinfeld world, they wou...

Jun 03, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is procrastination beneficial?

Evolving Job Market

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As it has been said, never put off until tomorrow that which you can do today. Of all the things one can buy with money, time is not one of them. For those who “walk among us” who are thinking that the time is not far off when they might have to look for another job, I would suggest that t...

May 30, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A standard communication device

Resume Writing

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The resume has a long and established history in our country, and while from time to time I see “variations on the theme,” the standard resume format is the one I always recommend. I would hope that all of us have lamented as Chief Financial Officers about our crazy vendors. Why can’t ever...

May 29, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Moving down market

Evolving Job Market

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I have often been heard to say that it’s always better to be working. Being overqualified for most of the jobs published out in the world can be a little unsettling. But, I think you just have to accept it as a fact of life that once you have 20-30 years of work experience, you have probab...

May 23, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When the answer is no


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Over the course of our careers, as financial people, we become hard wired to never take no for an answer. When a customer claims they won’t pay an invoice, we can come up with “offers they can’t refuse.” When engaged in a debate at work about the appropriate accounting treatment of some ex...

May 21, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A fine line


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The difference between being viewed as possessing dogged persistence and being an outright pest is hard to define. Like beauty or obscenity, I guess we know it when we see it. I have had many jobs over the course of my career, some paid, some volunteer that have involved collection work. W...

May 20, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking-A lifetime activity


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I was fortunate to speak with two of our more experienced chapter chairs recently who each in their own way in our wide ranging conversations reminded me of the importance of networking as a lifetime activity. I suppose to a degree, networking doesn’t come naturally to us financial types. ...

May 14, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Proper uses of boilerplate


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One from column A and one from column B. Sure makes it easy, doesn’t it? Much as our electronic world makes life simple, it also makes it more complicated in certain ways due to the opportunity to be lazy or inattentive to details. Just as there are only a few themes for good writing (man ...

May 13, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A short play


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I don’t know how many of you participated in school plays during your early years, but there is a lot to be said about thinking about the interviewing process as a series of scenes in a play. Of course, the only problem with this visualization is the degree to which the audience is i...

May 09, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is anyone holding out?

Job Leads & Job Boards

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I hate to ask if anyone is holding out, but is anyone holding out? One of the core values of The FENG is that we try very hard to share our job leads. Trust me, individual job leads aren’t as valuable as you think they are. And, if you share them, not only will you be viewed as a Fanatic F...

May 07, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Being nice to everyone

Human Interactions

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Whether you are active in your job search or just trying to get your job done for “the great corporation,” it pays to be nice to everyone. One of my best friends is a real charmer and I always enjoy going out to dinner with him because we always get great service. He just has a way of enga...

May 06, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Running around recruiters

Job Leads & Job Boards Recruiters

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Several years ago I received a phone call from a long standing Friend of The FENG. This particular search firm posted with us on a regular basis. In this case, the posting included the name of their client. You see, they felt that the relationship they had with The FENG was so strong and t...

Apr 30, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your most recent 10 years

Resume Writing

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While from time to time I silently wish to myself that many of our members would take the time to read a good book about how to write a resume, I find that other members have read a book or an article, but they have either read the wrong book or have misunderstood what the author was tryin...

Apr 29, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Keeping hope alive


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Whether you are currently working and hate your job or are currently in active search mode, the most important job you have every day is maintaining an optimistic view of the future. The stresses and strains of a job that is winding down may at times seem beyond bearable. Back in 1991 duri...

Apr 26, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Fixing a bad attitude

Human Interactions

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How often have you heard it said “He has a bad attitude?” We spend a lot of time addressing the bad attitudes of others. For example, discussions about age discrimination fall into this category. The world has a “bad attitude” toward those of us who are well experienced. (Over qualified.) ...

Apr 25, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Bashfulness is not my strong suit


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Hard to believe, but bashfulness is apparently a quite prevalent condition among our membership. Yes, these same individuals who in prior lives as bankers were cutting off lines of credit or foreclosing on hapless widows have a near terminal fear of picking up the phone and calling other m...

Apr 24, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Everyone wants to help


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I know that some of you who have been at job search for a period of time may find this hard to believe, but everyone wants to help, it is just that they don’t always know how. I see it all the time at chapter meetings. Each person does their 90-second elevator speech, but rarely do they ma...

Apr 22, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The problem with falling overboard

Evolving Job Market

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As the sailing season begins here in Connecticut my thoughts more and more turn to sailing stories and how they might apply to job search and the management of your career. (Of course, I think about and read sailing stories all the time, but I digress.) One of the great perils of sailing i...

Apr 12, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Chip firmly in place

Human Interactions

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Over the years I have had more than a few “interesting” discussions with new member applicants. I guess I can talk about them with all of you because they weren’t sponsored or accepted. Although I am in a position where I have to say no now and then, I try to visualize my role as that of “...

Apr 11, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you ready to retire?

Evolving Job Market

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I don’t know about you, but at the age of 71, I still have more than a few miles left on my odometer. The thought of retirement is still something far off into the future. I imagine I will get to that point in my thinking someday, but it isn’t now. When members call me for advice, I always...

Apr 08, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG