Painting a pretty picture Cover Image

I have often been heard to say that your 90-second announcement is a STORY about you. It isn’t a history book. And, it doesn’t have to be detailed.In much the same way, your resume is a story about you. However, being in print, you need to keep in mind that you aren’t there to present it w...

Aug 25, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Career decisions

Evolving Job Market

Career decisions Cover Image

Making career decisions is never easy. And unfortunately, being a senior financial executive doesn’t make it any easier.In fact, because you are at a point in your career where you have probably held almost all of the appropriate titles for your skills, it is actually harder to be selected...

Aug 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Working those business contacts


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One of the biggest half-truths in this world is the idea of saving your business contacts. The truth is that unless you “work” your business contacts they don’t know you exist.Sure, you don’t want to “bother” them, but unless you call once in a while with something they actually can do for...

Aug 23, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A curious requirement

New Friends Old Friends

A curious requirement Cover Image

As our organization has gotten better known, each week we get several membership applications without a sponsor indicated. But as all of you know, a sponsor is required.Our first approach is to ask “Who sent you to our website?” Usually that brings up the name of a member. But failing that...

Aug 22, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Ensuring a productive interview


Ensuring a productive interview Cover Image

I think you will find as you are out and about interviewing, that there are always at least two difficult questions that an interviewer would like to ask you. And, not much will happen during an interview unless you get them out of the way.While the “elephant sitting in the room” varies by...

Aug 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Asking for and accepting help

Being Out of Work Human Interactions

Asking for and accepting help Cover Image

Several years ago I got a note from one of our new members that warmed my heart.He forwarded a note to me with a copy of his resume and as I scrolled through his message I smiled to myself in pride at what a remarkable organization we have created for ourselves.I didn’t actually need yet a...

Aug 18, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Matt’s lost friends society

Old Friends

Matt’s lost friends society Cover Image

Over the past few years I have had the great pleasure of reconnecting with three very old friends. Not only have I known them each for a long time, but like me, they are getting old.You would think that since all roads lead to Matt Bud, I would long ago have reconnected with everyone I eve...

Aug 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates

Evolving Job Market Networking

Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates Cover Image

In my distant past I remember seeing a commercial in which an Abraham Lincoln look alike was sitting in an employment agency office. As the recruiter was flipping through his Rolodex he was telling old Abe that without “that sheepskin” he really wasn’t going anywhere. I guess the same thin...

Aug 16, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A long term activity

Evolving Job Market

A long term activity Cover Image

I was shooting the breeze with a few of my fellow sailors several times this summer and got to thinking about the fact that for most of us, our worst misadventures happened early in our careers as sailors.When I got into sailing in my mid-30’s I started out by taking a course with the Coas...

Aug 15, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

How do you create value?

Communicating your value

How do you create value? Cover Image

When asked what I do, my gut reaction is just to say “I do the Matt Bud thing.” In a sense, I don’t know what I do anymore, I just do. You see, I have been at it a while and I don’t tend to spend a lot of time thinking about it. (Frankly, I don’t have a lot of time TO think about it.)To a ...

Aug 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hanging onto the pain

Being Out of Work

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I don’t know if any of you remember the movie Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, but Raymond had a method for dealing with his pain. He kept a journal. Anytime someone hurt him, he wrote it down in his book.I don’t remember if he ever referred to his book or reread it for enterta...

Aug 11, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me Ishmael

Human Interactions

Call me Ishmael Cover Image

Thus begins Moby Dick. Of course, I am more likely to say: “You can call me anything you like as long as it’s not late for dinner.”I have always believed that what YOU call yourself and what you want others to call you is one of the most important pieces of information you can know about s...

Aug 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

How are you doing? Cover Image

One of the hardest things to do during a job search or even during a difficult time at work is keeping yourself energized and positive. Here again is another example of how our basic honesty as financial folks gets in the way of our success.If you ask a financial guy how he is doing, you t...

Aug 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Unasked questions


Unasked questions Cover Image

People rarely ask or even want to know why the sky is blue or why the sun comes up in the east and not the west. And, when you are sitting in an interview, these are not questions you need to have answers for.The difficult thing to determine when the rubber finally meets the road is what n...

Aug 08, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you have enough friends?

Networking New Friends Old Friends

Do you have enough friends? Cover Image

If there is anything those of you who have ever been engaged in a job search have learned is that NO ONE ever has enough friends.Although I count all 35,000 of you as friends of mine, I still continue every day to try to make a few new friends.It is almost sad in a way that networking beca...

Aug 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Passive job searching Cover Image

I know it may sound strange coming from someone publishing hundreds of pages of job leads a month, but job leads are overrated.If you are over the age of 40 and all you are doing is answering job leads in our newsletter or from any of the well respected jobs sites, you may as well be writi...

Aug 04, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Handling negotiations

Human Interactions

Handling negotiations Cover Image

There is nothing harder than handling a negotiation that involves your own personal finances.We have all been through tough negotiations that stood to benefit the firms for which we have worked, but nothing can create more stress than when the negotiations involve our own salary or severan...

Aug 03, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Have I reached the party to whom I’m speaking?

Being Out of Work

Have I reached the party to whom I’m speaking? Cover Image

Many years ago Lily Tomlin had a skit on Rowan and Martin's Laugh In where she played Ernestine, the telephone operator. This was one of her great gag lines.In much the same way, those of us who make a lot of phone calls are in the same pickle.I’m not sure if people just never call their p...

Aug 01, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The responsibilities of sponsors

Human Interactions

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As I hope all of you know, The FENG is not a fee for service. Our most important “folkway” is that in order to be accepted as a new member, you either need to have a sponsor, or you need to find one.As Chairman since 1996, I take the time each and every week to review new member applicants...

Jul 31, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The futility of planning

Being Out of Work Networking

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Over the past few months I have completed several projects on or for my sailboat.My father was a plumbing and general contractor. Having worked for him from the time I was 13 until I graduated from college, I am pretty handy with tools. I also had a lot of very old cars, and not being inde...

Jul 28, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Kidnap notes


Kidnap notes Cover Image

Sad to say, the typical email cover notes I see bear a strong resemblance to classic kidnap notes.You know the ones I mean. Randomly selected letters and words cut from magazines and newspapers and pasted together on a piece of paper to communicate a demand for money.Perhaps this is a litt...

Jul 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG