On being a deer in the headlights

Participating in Virtual Meetings

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We have now almost completed two full years of non-stop Zoom. I hope all of you are having as much fun as I am.Yes, it was so nice back in the “old days” meeting people for coffee or lunch. One of my big fears these days is that I have forgotten how to tie a double Windsor. Do I really rem...

Feb 15, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reads and follows directions

Job Leads & Job Boards

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If asked, I would be the first person to suggest that posted job leads are not where you need to focus your energies. That said, anytime you do respond to one, it pays to take a few minutes and actually read the posting and see what the requirements are.No, I am not talking about the job r...

Feb 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus

Job Leads & Job Boards

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I hope that none of you still believe in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus.In much the same vein, I hope that all of you are smart enough to know that there is no job board with an exclusive list of job leads. And, anyone trying to sell you job leads should be viewed with suspicion. If you th...

Feb 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why Sundance wouldn’t jump

Being Out of Work

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For those of you who remember the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, there was a memorable scene where Butch and Sundance were cornered on the edge of a cliff and the only way out was to jump into a river and float away. As you may recall, Sundance was reluctant to jump, and only wi...

Feb 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A gasoline rag tune up

Resume Writing

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Many years ago I had to buy my son a car to get to school. So, we went down to the local used car lot and I spotted a Ford Escort. It was kind of cute. If memory serves, it was black and it was a stick shift.Having grown up poor, I wasn’t new to buying a used car. I opened up the hood and ...

Feb 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Successive approximations

90-Second Announcements

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In the accounting mindset, there is only one answer. The books either balance or they don’t balance. I guess this is what I have always found so satisfying about our craft. Ah, the symmetry of it all!Artists as well as other creative types on the other hand seem to have a problem with this...

Feb 08, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Coming in second


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It can be very frustrating to be told that you were number two. It gives you the feeling that if you had only done something different, presented something in a different way, (worn matching socks) the job might have been yours. If it happens to you more than once, it kind of makes you fee...

Feb 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do the “experts” know anything?

Being Out of Work Communicating your value

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I have observed over my life that most of the people identified as experts are wrong a very high percentage of the time. In much the same way that a clock that has stopped is right twice a day, some acknowledged experts are identified by the media as genius only because they inadvertently ...

Feb 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Little white lies

Resume Writing

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Sad to say, a lie is a lie is a lie. Some would also argue that the withholding of important information is also a lie. I believe this to be the truth and you probably do too.One would have to wonder then why those of us of the accounting profession who pride ourselves on “no surprises” an...

Feb 03, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Taking job specifications seriously

Job Leads & Job Boards

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I just don’t think that I will ever see in my lifetime a job specification that calls for a minimum of 30 years of work experience. If you ever see one, I do hope you will send it my way so I can frame it.For those of us who are “well experienced,” it can be a difficult decision applying f...

Feb 02, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why you left your last job

Being Out of Work Interviewing

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When they stopped paying me, that was bad enough. But, when they had the security guard escort me from the building and dumped my few personal belongings on the sidewalk, I decided enough was enough. I just wasn’t going back to work at THAT place anymore.If you have a sense of humor and th...

Feb 01, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

I will work for food

Being Out of Work

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I’m sure some of you have been seriously considered for jobs that paid less than you were previously earning. As an experienced sailor would tell you; any port in a storm.Unfortunately, there is always a bit of disbelief coming from across the table that ANYONE would work for less than the...

Jan 31, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling what’s in the wagon

Standing Out From the Crowd

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As the length of time grows since your last “assignment,” the battle cry that is heard more frequently is the need to reinvent yourself.I’m not exactly sure how one can REALLY do that. As my Grandmother used to say: “I am who I am.” The question I would pose to you is, are you sure you hav...

Jan 30, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Looking for a job in secret

Evolving Job Market

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While many things in this electronic world we live in are a lot easier, keeping your job search a secret isn’t one of them.My wife reminded me recently of the hours I used to spend at my typewriter during the 1980’s responding to job ads. Yes, there was a time after candles were replaced w...

Jan 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The art of getting up again

Being Out of Work

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You have to kind of feel sorry for folks who have never been unemployed.I know it may sound strange to say this, but if you have never been knocked down, you may not know that not only will you get up again, but that you may be a better person in many ways when you do. I hope that members ...

Jan 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Any excuse will do

New Friends Old Friends

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Since about 90% of our membership is male, I hope no one will be offended if I let you all in on a little secret – most men don’t have a lot of friends. I am not altogether certain why that is, but it really doesn’t matter because making new friends is actually a lot easier than most peopl...

Jan 25, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Past, present & future

Being Out of Work

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I have often said that a member’s visualization of his new job is his last job on his last day. In a sense, how could it be any different?As accountants, we value our history more than anything else. This “rear view mirror” approach to life is one of the many things that can cause us to li...

Jan 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I am fast coming to the conclusion that most people don’t understand the purpose of a cover letter. Either that or I am greatly confused.My little window on the world is The FECG, the consulting practice that I share with Bruce Lynn. With any luck, a few times a month, alumni members of Th...

Jan 23, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Stone soup and job leads

Evolving Job Market

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For those of you not familiar with the story of stone soup, I would encourage you to go to: http://www.extremelinux.info/stonesoup/stonesoup.html (Is the Internet great, or what?)It’s not a long story, but it explains in easy to understand terms how you can turn nothing into something, and...

Jan 20, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Cheap tricks that don’t work

Resume Writing

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In today’s job market, everyone is trying to create a little edge for themselves so they can beat the competition. I know that none of you are actually the source of these ideas. However, there are a lot of “so called” career counselors out there who try to create perceived value by introd...

Jan 19, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is the glass half full?

Being Out of Work

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We are probably all aware and have been known to ponder the enigma of: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”As good accountants, we have also probably pondered whether the glass was half full or half empty. If only “they” had a good accounting procedure, I am sure we would know. We w...

Jan 18, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG