Move to where?

Being Out of Work

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In 1991 when I was last out of work I was at a point in my life where I didn’t want to move.Although born in Chicago and raised in northern Indiana, I had lived in Connecticut for almost 20 years and I liked it here. My wife’s parents lived nearby and I had a daughter and son in high schoo...

Nov 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Creating actionable messages


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I’m a pretty organized guy. If I weren’t, it would be impossible to get all the things done in a day that I try to accomplish. (Sometimes I have even gotten all my email up to date!)Still, a few times a day I get an email from someone with incomplete information.A few years ago I wrote to ...

Nov 20, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Every once in a while, The Wall Street Journal publishes a cartoon worthy of discussion.Many years ago, the “Pepper … And Salt” cartoon showed a job seeker, obviously older, explaining his credentials to the interviewer with the following words: “Don’t think of me as a 54-year-old job appl...

Nov 17, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Common courtesy

Human Interactions

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There are some who would argue that in this day and age of email, texting and Tweeting, the world has become a more impersonal place than in those halcyon days of yesteryear.Please say it isn’t so. In this electronic age, it has become SO easy to be personal, that I can’t for the life of m...

Nov 16, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Dream a little dream

Being Out of Work

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Up until the age of 46 I didn’t spend a single day unemployed. From the time I got out of the Army in 1971 until 1991 I only changed jobs twice. It doesn’t give you a lot of time to think about your career or to consider that you might be doing other things.During the two years I was out o...

Nov 15, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Have a magical day

Being Out of Work

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For those of you who have been there, I’m sure you recognize the Disney way of concluding a conversation. It is kind of cute, don’t you think? And, in the context of Disney, it sets you up for what you should be experiencing.The more common phrase in the United States, of course, is “Have ...

Nov 14, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Did you have a bad day?

Being Out of Work

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Let’s face it, sooner or later you are bound to have a bad day. The odds of having 365 perfect days in a row just aren’t high. It’s sort of a reverse thing to the odds of your winning the lottery. Sure, someone wins it every day, but it never seems to be me. (I guess it would help if I bou...

Nov 13, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

True confessions


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While confession may be good for the soul, it is deadly when it comes to job search. The dreaded question: What is your greatest weakness?This is one of those questions we could easily do without. And, they often catch us by surprise.Enron aside, the problem is that most senior financial f...

Nov 10, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The quest for eternal truths

Evolving Job Market

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“Must have industry experience” often appears on position descriptions in this newsletter as well as ones one might see in the newspaper or on the various job boards that exist in the nether world of the Internet.The question is whether to respond or not to respond when the requirement is ...

Nov 09, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

They’re a pack of liars


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There are an awful lot of people in this world who lie from time to time, some more frequently than others. And, not all of them are politicians.Others may have a different definition, but having an accounting background, I believe that anything that is said that isn’t the WHOLE truth is s...

Nov 08, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Old friends and your job search

Old Friends

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One of the greatest disappointments you may discover during your job search is that old friends don’t call you back.When I began my job search back in 1991 and in the years since, I have often struggled to explain this syndrome to my many friends. My purpose is not to make excuses for anyo...

Nov 07, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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It has been said that everything you really need to know, you learned in kindergarten.Several years ago, I had the great pleasure of going trick or treating with my grandson. It is one of those things you obviously can’t do at my age unless you have grandchildren living nearby, and I am so...

Nov 06, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The best jobs aren’t posted-DUH!


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There was an article in The Wall Street Journal today titled: “The Best Jobs Aren’t Posted, But You Can Still Find Them”As a member of The FENG, I hope it won’t take you more than a “New York Minute” to guess how you find them.There are 3 proven ways. Wait for it … : Networking, networking...

Nov 03, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

25 words or less

Resume Writing

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There is this great place right at the top of each resume that I find is not generally very well used.Right after your name, address, telephone numbers and email address, there is nothing more appropriate to appear than a summary.A summary, précis, or synopsis appearing in this location ca...

Nov 02, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Throwing up on the customer


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I hope you will all forgive me for the rather melodramatic subject of tonight’s editorial. Now that I have encouraged you to talk, my fear is that you will talk too much.Personal selling is a grand profession. Unlike many of the products that can be sold through mass marketing, personal se...

Nov 01, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you want to be found?


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I never cease to be amazed at the extremes job seekers go to hide. It is almost as if they would prefer NOT being selected for a job interview.Call me silly, but I make every attempt to make it easy for others to contact me. I know it isn’t the default, but I have even been known to use an...

Oct 31, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Attached is the file


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Many of us pride ourselves on being brief. Being a financial person in part is defined as being factual and to the point. Any member of our profession who had a tendency to rattle on would be viewed as a little odd, don’t you think?Many of you may be aware of Calvin Coolidge and his reputa...

Oct 30, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Fending off “silly” questions


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Here you are (minding your own business) interviewing for a highly desirable “work opportunity” and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a question is raised about your knowledge of a specific topic.If the issue being raised was on the position description, shame on you. I have to assume that ...

Oct 27, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration

Being Out of Work

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You might wonder what natural laws have to do with job search, but there is honestly a strong connection.The “mass” in this formula is you and your many talents not currently being applied to accounting and finance matters. The “acceleration” is a measure of how active you are in your job ...

Oct 26, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Can you hear me now? Cover Image

One of my favorite commercials of all time was Verizon’s cell phone commercial. I actually didn’t like it, but because it is so well known I use it as a point of humor when talking to those I call and who call me when their cell phone connection fades in and out.Honestly folks, if you have...

Oct 25, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The darkest hour is before dawn

Evolving Job Market

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The published job market isn’t ever as strong as we would like it to be. That said, with 34,000+ members, I would hope we could generate more job leads for our newsletter. A few suggestions follow below.If I may paraphrase Yogi Berra, our politicians have messed up right field so bad I don...

Oct 24, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG