Taking in each other’s laundry

Networking New Friends Old Friends

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Networking is what The FENG is all about. And, it has a lot of not so obvious twists and turns, one of which I am going to go over tonight.I hope all of you are becoming pros at using our Member Directory Search feature and calling up other members. I hope that those members you are contac...

Jul 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Allowing others to wear us down


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I had lunch a long time ago with one of our members. I always enjoy meeting and talking to the members of our august body because I am reminded of issues that I have discussed before that bear repeating. And, when I discuss them again, it is usually with a different twist because I continu...

Jul 25, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You can’t direct the wind

Being Out of Work

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I have given much thought over the years to how sailing is a lot like life. In dreamy meditation at the wheel of our sailboat, I have often thought about the unseen and uncontrollable forces affecting our progress and how through the skills I have acquired at her helm I have been able to m...

Jul 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No one has enough friends

New Friends Old Friends

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For those of you who are new to the networking process or who claim to not be very good at it, please know that even I am still learning.Friends are always in short supply, especially when it comes to managing your career. But, unlike all the consumer goods available just by taking out you...

Jul 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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There is no more important space on your resume than that first section after your name. Alas, I rarely see it used to good effect.Although cover letters allow you to “cover” matters perhaps not easily “covered” in your resume, more often than not your cover letter isn’t sent to the decisi...

Jul 20, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Point of reference


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When you actually get into the finals for a significant “work opportunity,” you don’t want to muff it. (Just so you know, work opportunities used to be called jobs, but that implies they will last a long time, and we know they don’t.)Anyway, one of the rituals or hoops that many firms make...

Jul 19, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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A jack of all trades, a master of none.In the world of CFO’s, Controllers and Treasurers, the primary skill sets of members of The FENG, it is certainly true that we can probably do anything. Still, at this stage of our careers the likelihood of anyone considering us to do “anything” is re...

Jul 18, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating actionable communication


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As you all can probably imagine, I get a lot of email and phone calls every day.A previous editorial of mine titled “Say what?” focused on the content of your message. Tonight’s editorial is a little more on the mechanical side and touches on providing sufficient information to the person ...

Jul 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The curse of the cover letter


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To tell you the truth, I almost never read cover letters first. Perhaps you remember the joke about the doctor who told his patient to take a warm bath and 4 aspirin. When he called the next day, the patient informed him that he could barely get the warm bath down.It is much the same case ...

Jul 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maybe they won’t ask


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I know it is hard to believe, but some of us good natured and hard-working financial folks actually leave companies under conditions that leave us with the possibility of less than glowing references. Perhaps we were misunderstood, or in some cases, we just got a new boss. It is also possi...

Jul 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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There was an article in the New York Times several years ago about how employers and recruiters no longer seem to get back to job seekers, even when they have been serious candidates for particular opportunities. Things haven’t gotten much better over the years.As easy as it is to click re...

Jul 12, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your many hidden talents

Standing Out From the Crowd

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The subject of tonight’s editorial is “Your many hidden talents and the ones you are developing.”I talked to one of our active members recently and the thought occurred to me that all of you are probably developing skills and not even aware of it! Life does have a way of sneaking up on you...

Jul 11, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Projecting a winning image

90-Second Announcements

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If there is anything that typically jumps out at me when we I meet our members in person or on Zoom, is the need for us financial folks to be completely honest, even in our assessments of ourselves.However, interviews, 90 second announcements, networking calls or meetings are no time for a...

Jul 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A time of renewal

Being Out of Work

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Although everyone thinks that spring is a time of renewal, actually (just like networking) any point in time and any excuse will do.For those who are in their 40’s and 50’s, periods of unemployment early in your career have probably been non-existent. The experience of being unemployed can...

Jul 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Talking on the phone


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In speaking with members of The FENG over the years, it is clear that everyone would enjoy hearing a few words of wisdom on making phone calls. Of course, everyone knows how to push the buttons on the phone, but apparently not everyone is having as much fun doing it as they should.Over the...

Jul 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Qualified members only


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What is a qualified member? With many members out of work these days, and search firms with assignments in short supply, I thought I would take the time tonight to restate our approach to leads posted in our newsletter.Those leads which include “please use my name in contacting” and genera...

Jul 05, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Paint on a smile

Human Interactions

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With the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, a great opportunity will be presenting itself to you in the form of gatherings of those who know you (and presumably love you).In order to enjoy the greatest benefit, you need to paint on a smile. I don’t care if you have been out of work 3 or...

Jun 29, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Variations on a theme

Resume Writing

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For those of you who used to watch Sesame Street back in the 70’s, there was a great skit where one of the Muppets wanted a piece of pie and a glass of milk. Although there was no pie, the Muppet in need of that particular food item kept trying different variations such as a glass of water...

Jun 28, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling The FENG


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I need everyone’s help.No, The FENG isn’t for sale in the retailing sense. That said, it is vitally important that each us every day and in every way, make the “outside world” aware of our unique organization.Last fall I did a promotion to the search community. We have approximately 4,000+...

Jun 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Losing a few pounds

Communicating your value

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I don’t know about you, but I have always wished I were a few pounds lighter. That said, no one should suggest to me that this is the reason I can’t find a job. (As long as my clothes fit.)Gray hair shouldn’t be on their list. Nor should someone suggest surgery to look better. (This one is...

Jun 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It must make sense (to them)

Human Interactions Networking

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When I was in my mid 30’s, I had the great honor of being treasurer of my congregation, a job I held for 4 full years.It is probably true that I lean towards all-consuming jobs. Or, perhaps I just try to do a good job even when I am not getting paid. Nonetheless, I discovered a lot about h...

Jun 23, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG