Getting started …. AGAIN

Being Out of Work

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If looking for a job the first time wasn’t hard enough, going at it a second time after only a short break can be in some respects even harder.Sure, bringing your resume up to date isn’t all that difficult. There is the issue of how to deal with a short period of employment, but once you h...

Apr 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

War stories


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Anyone who has been working as long as most of us in The FENG must have their favorite personal war stories. The question is really how best to use those stories in interviewing and resume writing.I often hear these stories from members and marvel that they frequently don’t appear at all o...

Apr 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me Mr. Magoo

Resume Writing

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Tonight’s editorial will be somewhat of a repeat for our more senior members as it is on resumes. Yes, those terribly difficult to construct documents that make the critical difference between being pulled from a pile of 500 resumes, or not.You should all accept the fact that writing your ...

Apr 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

From desperation to real networking


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Networking is a process by which you can create meaningful business contacts and relationships to further your career and enhance your professional life.It is unfortunate that many of us only become aware of the importance of networking when we first become unemployed. And then, many of us...

Apr 05, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The power of negative thinking

Being Out of Work

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So much for the “little engine that could!”Give me an opportunity to obsess about some problem and I can guarantee you that not much will get done. First, I won’t be able to get a good night’s sleep, and then in my grogginess the following day, it will be suitably difficult to focus on any...

Apr 04, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The reason you weren’t chosen


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You would think that at this point in our lives our BS detectors would be well tuned. Unfortunately, when it comes to being rejected for a “work opportunity,” the “reasons why” we are given are more often than not taken as some kind of absolute truth.I am often asked by candidates for assi...

Apr 03, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You’re in my files


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There are so many urban legends associated with job search that I generally don’t know where to start when I talk to new members.Since I get calls every week from members of the search community, I thought I would take a few minutes tonight and discuss the reality of your resume being on f...

Mar 31, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Sticking with a bad situation

Being Out of Work

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Deciding whether or not to stick with a job you have just taken is a difficult choice indeed.Whether your job search has been long or short, the realization that you have made a mistake is enough to cause you sleepless nights. I know because it happened to me.After 9 years as CFO of an adv...

Mar 30, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is industry experience overrated?

Evolving Job Market

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For those members out of the buggy whip industry, changing industries is exactly what you have to do. It is for all of you that I dedicate tonight’s editorial. (You may substitute your industry if you prefer. It can also be true that you just don’t see much local opportunity in your indust...

Mar 29, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Can you find me a job?

Being Out of Work Outplacement

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I’m not sure why people tend to lose their common sense when it comes to job search, but they do. Were it not for this tendency, the organizations that feed on the unemployed wouldn’t exist. And, try as we might to put them out of business, new miscreants arise out their ashes.I fully unde...

Mar 28, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Building a theme song

90-Second Announcements

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Since 1997 when I began as Chairman of The FENG, I have been listening to 90-second announcements at our meetings here in Westport. My best guess is that I have heard at least 10,000 of them over the years. I guess you could say I can speak with some authority on this subject. (And no, my ...

Mar 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I often get the feeling from talking with members about their job search, that many of you are reluctant to use our Member Directory Search feature to full advantage as part of your job search. I only wish I understood why.The FENG membership directory is honestly the pot of gold at the en...

Mar 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You’ve been looking how long?


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During the interviewing process we frequently get asked questions for which there is no good answer. I have my favorites of course, but having been out of work myself for almost 2 years back in 1991, the one I will address tonight is “Why have you been out of work so long?” (What a silly q...

Mar 23, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Selling into job leads

Resume Writing

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Job leads can be a tremendous resource for you, even if you aren’t interested in them.I know it sounds silly, but although most job leads aren’t going to interest you for one reason or another, it can still pay to read them. The most obvious problem with specific job leads is that they are...

Mar 22, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A sense of inner calm

Human Interactions

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When jobs are winding down, it can be very difficult to “keep it all together.”I’m sure we have all been there. During that final period of time, whether it is 3 weeks, 3 months, or even longer, as “the forces of evil” overwhelm the organization you have worked so hard to make profitable, ...

Mar 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Dinosaurs can’t dance

Evolving Job Market

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Several years ago, I got a note from one of our members of long standing complaining about the value of the leads in our newsletter. It was a well written message that cited chapter and verse about his experiences, and I read it with great interest.Consistent with the experience of most of...

Mar 20, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A new job on Monday

Being Out of Work

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A few times each month I get a good news announcement from one of our members that begins with: “Please stop the newsletter, I am starting a new job on Monday.”It is at these times I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Starting a new job on Monday and already this individual is ready to di...

Mar 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Charles Darwin slept here

Being Out of Work

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Although you wouldn’t know it from the influence it had on his thinking, one of the little known facts is that Charles Darwin actually didn’t spend all that much time in the Galapagos Islands.The Galapagos Islands cover a rectangle of about 125 miles from North to South and about 175 miles...

Mar 16, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

And playing the role of Matt Bud


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One of the more difficult aspects of job search is the need to “play a role” that is not necessarily in keeping with our mental picture of ourselves.The question of “Who am I anyway?” comes up on a daily basis. If we are no longer employed or even if we are, the position description or the...

Mar 15, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Putting your life back together

Being Out of Work

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No matter what the crisis, it is a natural human instinct to try to put your life back together again.When it comes to the end of a long job search, the instinct is no different. Understand that you have been in crisis. And, the crisis probably didn’t begin at the exact moment you lost you...

Mar 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Before you hit send, think


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One of those things about being on a boat that isn’t well understood by those of you who spend most of your time on dry land is what I call the sploosh syndrome. As a backyard mechanic, I have dropped nuts and bolts on the ground from time to time while working on my car, and though they m...

Mar 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG