The difficulty of being a friend

Human Interactions

The difficulty of being a friend Cover Image

I often refer to The FENG as a circle of friends. In a very real sense, the power of The FENG is our interconnectedness, and if that isn’t friendship, I don’t know what is. Were it not a true fact that we have reduced 6 degrees of separation down to less than 3, networking within our littl...

Jan 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Running the high hurdles

Resume Writing

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Between reviewing new member applications and going over candidates for assignments with The FECG, I spend a lot of time reviewing resumes.What continues to amaze and astound me is how difficult most folks make determining the key elements of their background. Basic stuff, like where they ...

Jan 16, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The great white elephant sale

Job Leads & Job Boards

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As everyone I hope knows, a white elephant is something that appears to be useful, but actually has no real value. It takes up a lot of space and basically eats you out of house and home.Anyone with a garage or attic knows the kinds of things folks tend to hang onto, because all human bein...

Jan 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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The title of this editorial is actually: “The consummate professional in an electronic world,” but I thought that was a little long.As senior financial professionals, we tend to stay in our jobs a long time. Up until I was 46, I only had 3 jobs. Who you are and what you are tends to be kno...

Jan 12, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Horns of a dilemma

90-Second Announcements

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In the things that we do to communicate our background to others, we are at all times challenged by the need to generalize while at the same time being very specific. It is in all honesty, no easy task. And, it is easier said than done.If for example, you are trying to change industries, y...

Jan 11, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Handling customer objections


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The sale of big ticket items through personal selling is never easy.When you buy a tube of toothpaste, a pack of chewing gum, or a box of #2 pencils, hopefully you don’t spend a lot of time either thinking about it, or fussing over the details. But, when it comes to buying something like a...

Jan 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Putting it behind you

Being Out of Work

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Since much of what we do in The FENG is about job search, I thought it might be appropriate to make a few suggestions to everyone about what to do when you do actually find a new job.I’ll be blunt. Job search is primarily filled with uncertainty, highs and lows and activities like making n...

Jan 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hang on tight

Being Out of Work

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I often receive messages in which members comment about how job search puts you on an emotional roller coaster and I thought I would address this issue in tonight’s editorial.I am not a professional psychologist, but having been out of work myself for two very long years back in 1991 and 1...

Jan 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A rose by any other name

Business Cards

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Back in 1991 after I had been out of work for only a few weeks I sent out a mailing and somehow managed to get an interview with a guy who looked and talked like Frank Perdue (Perdue Farms).After we shook hands, he offered me his business card and asked for mine. I told him I didn’t have o...

Jan 05, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Weather is very local

Evolving Job Market

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Ever the wise sailor, I always check the weather forecast before going sailing for the day. When out on vacation, the weather forecasts I listen to and study frequently cover a much broader area than I am planning to need for a particular day. I like knowing what the weather is going to be...

Jan 04, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I have been known to get seriously silly at times. (I know this will come as a great shock to all of you.)Back in the old days when I was able to stay up late, Saturday Night Live had an ongoing skit about an individual named Pat. Over the course of the seasons or season it was on (as I in...

Jan 03, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A time for reflection

Being Out of Work

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As accountants we know only too well that the time periods into which we divide a year are a little arbitrary. They only mark the passage of time in a logical manner (which is very important to all of us financial types).We also know intuitively that the concept of getting a fresh start wi...

Dec 28, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Building your inner circle of friends

Networking New Friends

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If you are actually sitting at your computer with not much to do the next several days, may I suggest you try increasing your inner circle of friends?The most valuable feature on our website is Member Directory Search: https://www.thefeng.org/members/searchAll you have to do is follow the ...

Dec 27, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

If the phone doesn’t ring, it’s me

Human Interactions Networking Old Friends

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Several years ago, a very old friend of mine called my attention to this song by Jimmy Buffet.I’m not sure why it is, but many people never call anyone. In the riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma that is life, they are also always wondering why no one calls them.When I was in co...

Dec 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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In 2002, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks starred in a movie about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. The basic story is that over the course of several years, Carl Hanrat...

Dec 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Paint on a smile

Human Interactions

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Over the next two weeks or so, a great opportunity will be presenting itself to you in the form of gatherings of those who know you (and presumably love you). (Hopefully Covid-19 won’t interfere too much.)In order to enjoy the greatest benefit, you need to paint on a smile. I don’t care if...

Dec 20, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Time, tides & job search

Evolving Job Market

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As an avid sailor these many years, I have found a certain comfort in the predictability of the tide. For example, at one time we had our sailboat in a harbor that prevented us from leaving or entering at dead low tide. An inconvenience to be sure, but one that was manageable given publish...

Dec 19, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Keeping it personal


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I am always mildly amused at this time of year by most of the holiday cards and holiday emails I receive.My personal favorite in the mass emailing category was one I received a few years ago that was addressed to me not by name but began instead “My Dearest Friend.” No, I am not kidding. I...

Dec 16, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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It is a well-known fact that men don’t like unsolicited advice. It is for this reason that we used to drive in circles from time to time, even though our spouse quietly suggested we stop at that gas station we kept passing and ask for directions. (GPS has at least solved that problem.) We ...

Dec 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Building to a sale

90-Second Announcements

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When you meet someone for the first time, the natural inclination and the appropriate one is to make small talk. In an interviewing situation for example it is normal to either talk about the weather or the traffic getting to your appointment. They are easy topics and unlike politics where...

Dec 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Putting your best foot forward

Resume Writing

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The development of a resume can be a long and involved process. There are so many ideas that others have to share with you, and each person with whom you speak has their own perspective about what is right and what is wrong.Your resume is also in part an historical document charged with ch...

Dec 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG