Asking for and accepting help Cover Image

In our male dominated society called The FENG, one of the biggest challenges I face on a daily basis is getting members to ask for and accept help.I am sure we all know that traditionally guys don’t ask for directions at the gas station. It is much better to drive around and around totally...

May 18, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No one is out of work forever

Being Out of Work

No one is out of work forever Cover Image

One of the pearls of wisdom I heard from a friend of mine in 1991 was that no one is out of work forever, it just seems that way.When you are employed in a W-2 job, weekends and evenings are hopefully your time to relax. Snow days, holidays are also to be anticipated and enjoyed. After all...

May 17, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Can you spel?


Can you spel? Cover Image

Some of the notes that I get from our many learned members fill me with dismay. I often wonder, do they send notes with spelling and grammatical errors just to me, or do they provide this special service to everyone in the world?I do get a chuckle over some of them, but by and large I get ...

May 16, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What was your name again?


What was your name again? Cover Image

We do live in a wonderful time. We have Google, LinkedIn, and every firm that is actually in business has a website.I am always a little disappointed when someone reaches out to me and I realize they haven’t actually looked me up. Just exactly how much time would it take? If you type Matt ...

May 15, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Outgoing signatures (yes, again)


Outgoing signatures (yes, again) Cover Image

Of course it would be an understatement to tell you that I believe in the value of a FULL outgoing signature. In much the same way that I am a Fanatic FENG’er, I am also a fanatic when it comes to the substance and format of outgoing signatures. (Persnickety is another word.)I try not to b...

May 14, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

An over reliance on job leads

Evolving Job Market Networking

An over reliance on job leads Cover Image

Part of the lecture I deliver to new members who call me is that The FENG is a networking group, not a job listing service. I then add that they shouldn’t allow the fact that we are publishing lots of job leads each month confuse them about our true purpose.In the beginning (when God creat...

May 11, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you good for nothing?

Standing Out From the Crowd

Are you good for nothing? Cover Image

One of the many things I am always surprised about is the degree to which most members of The FENG generalize their very specific talents.I assume that this approach is their attempt to broaden their background and make it appear more appealing to a larger audience. While it is always requ...

May 10, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling from your own wagon

Standing Out From the Crowd

Selling from your own wagon Cover Image

Although we are frequently willing to accept lower salaries and/or lesser responsibilities, the greater challenge is convincing the world at large of our willingness and overcoming their resistance.What we see as age discrimination, they see as just plain common sense in screening candidat...

May 09, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Asking for specifics


Asking for specifics Cover Image

One of the worst things that anyone networking can do is to ask if you know of any jobs for them. I can assure you that the most likely answer will be something to the effect that two weeks ago they came across something that was right for you, but they can’t remember who it was they heard...

May 08, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you over qualified? Cover Image

I’m sure tonight’s topic will generate a lot of comments. Those of you who would like to join in on this discussion are invited to send your comments to [email protected] short answer to the question of the moment is: I hope so! If you weren’t, I’m not really sure how you were added to...

May 07, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A cut in pay Cover Image

Probably one of the most upsetting and disappointing aspects of searching for a new job when you are “well experienced” is the need to consider positions for which the compensation is considerably less than your last job.I suppose it is part of our mind set as accountants that we tend to v...

May 04, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The power of networking


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For those of you who have been spending any significant time surfing the job boards may I suggest you stop and turn that energy to networking?I had the great pleasure of speaking with an old friend of mine some time ago (yes, most of my friends are old, but this one is actually just a litt...

May 03, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Precision in your communications


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Perhaps it all started with the telegraph. (Hey, they were charging by the word.) Or, was it the CB radio? Somewhere along the line we have all come to believe that brevity, even when not entirely correct, is somehow okay.Today’s communication formats such as the various smart phone tools ...

May 02, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Maintaining your focus Cover Image

Life is made up of a lot of endless details. And, as financial people, the endless details are where we shine.I have said from time to time that eating an elephant is best done one bite at a time. (Mustard would probably also be a good idea.) Most tasks, no matter how enormous they may see...

May 01, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

An executive of true mystery

Resume Writing

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I am always amazed and astounded how frequently the resumes I see are missing vital information. What I am not clear about is WHY the individual in question thinks that leaving off important data will benefit him or her.Let me start at the top of the list and mention missing home addresses...

Apr 30, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Spring has sprung

Being Out of Work

Spring has sprung Cover Image

In the past week, it is clear that spring is finally here in Connecticut. As you all probably know, I work out of my home office, and I am fortunate that it faces a heavily wooded area. During the winter, I can see my neighbor’s property off in the distance and sort of notice when there is...

Apr 27, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Why do boaters wave at each other?

Human Interactions

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I don’t know about you, but there are lots of things in this world that I wonder about. At one time I wondered about why the sky was blue, but that was before Google. I guess there are lots of things we don’t need to wonder about anymore. We can just look them up.The above topic wasn’t one...

Apr 26, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Sharing our knowledge

Evolving Job Market

Sharing our knowledge Cover Image

From time to time, I write an editorial that generates very thoughtful responses from our members.I hope that all of you appreciate those individuals who write in as much as I do. It is an important part of The FENG, that we each take the time to share our knowledge with one another on top...

Apr 25, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

There are evil doers Cover Image

The executive search business isn’t what it used to be, but then what is?I hate to bore those who already know the primary difference between recruiters, but I hesitate to assume. Retained recruiters typically have an exclusive right to find a particular candidate for a firm and they get p...

Apr 24, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Stress reduction in networking


Stress reduction in networking Cover Image

I suppose it is hard to believe, but those on the receiving of networking calls actually experience more stress than you do.Yes, I know that picking up that 400 pound phone isn’t easy, but neither is responding to phone calls from those who have been trained in the NFL approach to networki...

Apr 23, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A fair fight


A fair fight Cover Image

One of the most over-rated things in this world is a fair fight.I suppose the belief in a fair fight is to a very large degree all part of the American Western heritage of the gunfighter. Two men armed with six-shooters (the great equalizer) standing 20 paces apart face each other in the s...

Apr 20, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG