The personal, impersonal Cover Image

One of the very nicest parts of the holiday season is getting greeting cards, both email and physical, from the many people that I know.The good ones are filled with newsy information about what the sender has been doing for the past 12 months and perhaps what their plans are for the year ...

Dec 12, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The CB Radio craze Cover Image

I don’t know if all of you are old enough to remember the CB Radio craze, but it was a fun period in America. I assume no one still uses this technology, but for most of us it is a fond memory. I remember how all of us used to talk about our “handles,” and putting the antenna on the top of...

Dec 11, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Putting it behind you-NOT

Being Out of Work Networking

Putting it behind you-NOT Cover Image

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...

Dec 10, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking by brute force


Networking by brute force Cover Image

From time to time, someone tells me that networking as an approach is falling into disfavor. (If it does, we will have to change the name of our networking group, and I am at a loss as to how to come up with another name!)When people talk about networking in this way, the networking that t...

Dec 07, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Who is that masked man?

90-Second Announcements

Who is that masked man? Cover Image

I have at this point in my chairmanship of The FENG listened to a fairly significant number of 90-second announcements.I try to listen patiently and assess how best to help and make suggestions for improvements in the delivery of this vital communication.The time frame presents a formidabl...

Dec 06, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Building friendships-a lot of hard work

Human Interactions Networking New Friends

Building friendships-a lot of hard work Cover Image

The definition of networking I use is: Networking is a process by which you can create meaningful business contacts and relationships to further your career and enhance your professional life.On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most difficult, networking is a 5. Building friendships is a...

Dec 05, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It could be Santa Claus

Human Interactions

It could be Santa Claus Cover Image

I don’t know what it is about returning emails and phone calls. I get them by the truck load and still do my best to return them all. (Sometimes it does take a few days.)Perhaps I have a high level of curiosity, but I have found that you can never tell who has contacted you or what they ha...

Dec 04, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The captain can show no fear

Being Out of Work Human Interactions

The captain can show no fear Cover Image

There was this very amusing comedy routine that I heard many years ago. During part of it, the comedian pointed out that when operating on a patient under local anesthetic, surgeons are not allowed to say “oops.” (I know what I mean when I say oops. What did he mean?)In much the same way, ...

Dec 03, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Call me Mr. Know-it-all Cover Image

I know we don’t mean to do it, but as financial types who come to our decisions the hard way (usually the long scenic route), we often react to information being presented to us by others in a dismissive, “oh, I knew that” manner.I suppose there was a time in my life when I actually though...

Nov 30, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Words are important

Human Interactions

Words are important Cover Image

The words we use when referring to others are important in that they affect our thinking and ability to problem solve.I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I usually refer to “members of the search community” or to “search professionals.” I sometimes refer to them as “recruiters.” A...

Nov 29, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Pitfalls and their avoidance

Being Out of Work

Pitfalls and their avoidance Cover Image

The world of job search can be an uncharted place.I can’t think of any activity that is so specific to one’s background, while at the same time one that we generally don’t practice a whole lot until the crisis is upon us.Over most of our careers for us stable financial types, practicing th...

Nov 28, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When the newsletter thins

Job Leads & Job Boards Recruiters

When the newsletter thins Cover Image

I realize that on days when the newsletter thins, there is the temptation to “click and shoot” all of the remotely possible postings that appear.Please don’t.One of the core values of The FENG is that we don’t respond to postings unless we are a good fit. Very simply put, if you wouldn’t h...

Nov 27, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The illusion of trust Cover Image

It is always difficult to explain why you trust someone.In our daily encounters out in the world we come across all kinds of folks. Most of the individuals we do business with on a daily basis don’t have to be our friends, and the nature of the exchanges we have with them don’t even requir...

Nov 26, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you skipping ahead to the leads?

Evolving Job Market

Are you skipping ahead to the leads? Cover Image

I sometimes wish I didn’t publish job leads at all. I know this is shocking for someone who is sending out a newsletter full of job leads, but it is the truth.Our newsletter contains a wealth of information as do our membership directories. For those of you determined to never learn anythi...

Nov 20, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What happened?


What happened? Cover Image

One of the most difficult questions one is almost required to answer is why we left our last job.Being a little bit of a wise guy, my inclination is to say “They stopped paying me.” Or, in the alternate, “When they changed the locks on my office and had security escort me out to the street...

Nov 19, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Money is important Cover Image

When it comes to deciding if someone is a fit for a particular position, industry experience and candidates current locations are often the first criteria that employers consider when weeding out applicants. After these first two issues appear to be satisfactory, the next point of focus is...

Nov 16, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Staying close to home


Staying close to home Cover Image

With the holiday season coming up fast, it is perhaps the time to repeat the simple advice that now is the time to be making phone calls and trying to schedule meetings.One of the great misunderstandings about networking is that things slow down during the holidays. Nothing could be furthe...

Nov 15, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Mastering technology

Standing Out From the Crowd

Mastering technology Cover Image

This is probably just a lucky guess on my part, but I have the very real sense that the high technology tools we have to conduct a job search are here to stay. (To quote Larry King, “High technology, what will they think of next?”)Friends, Al Gore invented the Internet a long time ago. And...

Nov 14, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Weather forecasting

Evolving Job Market

Weather forecasting Cover Image

Ever the wise sailor, I always (well, almost always) check the weather forecast before heading down to the boat to go out for the day.This may or may not be a valuable activity. My wife jokes that in her next life she wants to be a weather forecaster. They never have to be right and they s...

Nov 13, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

What makes The FENG unusual?

Human Interactions

What makes The FENG unusual? Cover Image

Many years ago I spent an evening out with an old friend of mine who previously had been in the search business.He is a very special friend. We first met in 1977 when I was Business Manager for CBS College Publishing and we have been close friends ever since. Since he lived nearby, our fam...

Nov 12, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Please, give me a hint

Correspondence Resume Writing

Please, give me a hint Cover Image

Every once in a while I get an assignment for The FECG that draws more than its fair share of attention.I think our all time high several years ago was an assignment that drew 225 responses. However, even when you get an assignment that draws more than say 40 responses, it can get a little...

Nov 09, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG