What have you accomplished?

Resume Writing

What have you accomplished? Cover Image

I hope that over the past few days everyone has gotten a few ideas for the framework of their resume. In order to “get into the game,” you need to have a clean looking resume with the major points discussed in the past few days “looking good.” Now that your resume has been selected for fur...

Feb 20, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The 80/20 rule

Resume Writing

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I have always been a keen observer of managers. One of my favorites was a gentleman who worked at the Thomson Corporation in a senior financial role. He was one of those tall wiry types who always seemed to be in motion even when he was standing still. Sort of like your favorite basketball...

Feb 19, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The tried and true

Resume Writing

The tried and true Cover Image

You would think that with all the books and materials written about how to write a resume, that each and every one that came across my desk would be close to perfect. Well, you would be wrong if you thought so. Under the heading of “explaining the meaning and purpose of life,” I thought I ...

Feb 18, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Sharing job leads

Job Leads & Job Boards

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The sharing of job leads has been an integral part of The FENG for so long that I have come to believe that everyone in the entire world understands the reasons why we do it. Alas, it isn’t true. A few years ago, I had an exchange with a member of the search community who was upset that on...

Feb 12, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is it business or personal?

Human Interactions

Is it business or personal? Cover Image

In the closing scene of the first Godfather movie the individual who betrayed Don Corleone is being led away. Just before he gets into the car to his certain death, he turns to consigliere Tom Hagan and says that he hopes he understands that it was all about business and that it was nothin...

Feb 11, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Interrogate or dummy up?


Interrogate or dummy up? Cover Image

Speaking with strangers is never fun. And, if these strangers are deciding whether or not to hire you, it can be a little stressful, especially if you want the job. There are so many ways to offend and so few ways to ingratiate yourself without appearing overly solicitous. In the classic “...

Feb 01, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

At a glance

Resume Writing

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There is a rumor out in the world that the attention span of your “average American” is getting shorter. Sad to say, but most likely very true. We see it all around us. So many things are screaming for our attention on a given day. Before the advent of computers it was quite a bit harder t...

Jan 31, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A gap or a cover-up?

Resume Writing

A gap or a cover-up? Cover Image

Time goes by fast when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? And what greater fun is there than conducting a job search? Okay, it may not be as much fun as it appears to be to those looking in from the outside. But still, you can’t beat those lunches and phone calls with old friends, not to menti...

Jan 30, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling life jackets to those drowning

Job Leads & Job Boards

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Since a significant percentage of our members are in the job market, I thought I would make you aware that almost all of the job search related websites are in the business of selling life jackets to people who are drowning. And, the life jackets they sell don’t actually work. An alternate...

Jan 29, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

I’m a complicated guy

90-Second Announcements

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I always try to tell people who ask that I am just a simple financial guy. But I guess the truth is that all of us financial types are complicated in one way or another. Unlike lawyers and doctors who (thanks to Hollywood) everyone THINKS they know what they do every day, our profession (o...

Jan 25, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Making networking benefit YOU


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I am always trying to explain networking to users. Tonight I am going to try to explain networking to givers. The common misperception is that networking is a give and take. You give to others and they take. Nothing could be further from the truth. Networking as I suggest it be practiced i...

Jan 23, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Sharing with the family

Human Interactions

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Job search can be a lonely business. There you are, in your home office from the moment you get up in the morning until just before you go to bed. Emails are going out. Letters are being sent. Appointments are being made. (And, the only time you leave the house is for this purpose.) The pr...

Jan 22, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

E I E I O Cover Image

I suppose I could be wrong about all of this, but I find the use of “, MBA” as part of your name to be a bad idea. Yes, I know that not everyone has an MBA, but in my opinion unless you are a CPA or a Ph.D., you need to exercise a little caution in the initials you place after your name. M...

Jan 21, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Save the Nauga


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I assume that most of you are unaware that in addition to being Chairman of The FENG, I am also president of the Save The Nauga Society. I have been actively involved in trying to save the nauga from extinction for many years. While naugas existed in most parts of the world in large number...

Jan 17, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Getting back at it


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Okay sports fans, the new year has begun. It is now January 14th and time is slipping away. At the moment this year promises to be a good one for employment. (Then again, the light at the end of the tunnel I am seeing could be a speeding locomotive.) Although you have to “do it all,” I wou...

Jan 14, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Geese and golden eggs

Networking Recruiters

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One of our very most important audiences are members of the search community who are registered as Friends of The FENG. When you communicate with these folks, briefly, you are expected to behave yourself. Members of The FENG are expected to only respond when reasonably qualified. What does...

Jan 11, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Let’s keep it a secret

Resume Writing

Let’s keep it a secret Cover Image

Any more than someone would write “Please Broadcast Widely” at the top of their resume, putting “Confidential” is just as silly in many ways. I’m sure that this is written up somewhere as the appropriate thing to do, so I am not faulting anyone who does it, but it really is unnecessary. It...

Jan 09, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

There’s honestly no excuse


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There was a time, I suppose, when it was really hard to get back to people. Let’s say someone sent you a smoke signal. I guess you would first have to build a fire, and a smoky one at that. If they sent you a message towards the end of the day, would you really have enough time to respond?...

Jan 03, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why bother saying thank you?

Correspondence Human Interactions

Why bother saying thank you? Cover Image

For those of you who are sailing fans and/or history buffs and saw the movie Master and 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 good...

Dec 19, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Building friendships-a lot of hard work

Human Interactions Networking New Friends

Building friendships-a lot of hard work Cover Image

The definition of networking I use is: Networking is a process by which you can create meaningful business contacts and relationships to further your career and enhance your professional life. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most difficult, networking is a 5. Building friendships is ...

Dec 10, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Please, give me a hint

Correspondence Resume Writing

Please, give me a hint Cover Image

Every once in a while I get an assignment for The FECG that draws more than its fair share of attention. I think our all time high a few years ago was an assignment that drew 225 responses. However, even when you get an assignment that draws more than say 40 responses, it can get a little ...

Nov 14, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG