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

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

The failure to communicate

Correspondence Resume Writing

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The story I hear more often than not is how perfect someone was for a particular posting and their amazement that they didn’t get a call.Of course, there are a lot of possible reasons why someone doesn’t get a response. It could be they applied too late. It could be that there were require...

Dec 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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In a sense, a sailboat isn’t a complicated machine. Compared with other means of transportation such as cars or planes, there really isn’t much to a sailboat. Sails are pretty simple, and if you are like me, you don’t use the motor if you can avoid it. (We only burned 50 gallons of diesel ...

Dec 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Presenting your credentials

Networking Communicating your value

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Job search is a draining and discouraging process at times. (Or, is that most of the time?) Well, maybe not, unless you make it so.The truth is that most of us financial types stay in jobs a lot longer than those in other disciplines like marketing or sales. In addition, most of the work w...

Dec 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Living in an iPhone and Twitter world


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Many of the inventions of the modern world are either the best things or the worst things to ever happen to us.It is a true fact (as opposed to a false fact) that we are now able to do a lot more communicating with each other than ever before. Personally, I stand amazed that I send out our...

Dec 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

On being a society of friends

Human Interactions

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The FENG is a society of friends. In order to become a member of our august body you need to find a sponsor, someone who will hopefully watch over you. I suppose, it is often only after a few days or weeks of membership that you can fully appreciate the value of this act of friendship.Ther...

Dec 06, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Most of us in the financial community find talking on the telephone to be one of the more challenging things we do.I believe the primary reason is that most of our work is accomplished in written form. When we do present our work to the boss or to our peers, it is usually done face to face...

Dec 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t pretend to be what you’re not

Standing Out From the Crowd

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I have over the years had endless discussions with our many members on the topic of disguising your age or generalizing your background and despite my best arguments, I find people still doing it. Hopefully it is not the same people. (Why don’t they listen to me?)Actually, I am not whining...

Dec 02, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Getting from here to there

Being Out of Work

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Sailing can be a very simple or a very complicated activity. It depends on how you want to approach it.To get from here to there can be planned on a very simple basis or a very complicated basis. For example, if you are sailing across Long Island Sound from North to South to a particular d...

Dec 01, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

In the box thinking

Resume Writing

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I know that all of us take great pride in being “out of the box” thinkers, but there are situations that taking an innovative approach is the same as shooting yourself in the foot.One of those situations is in being innovative with the standard resume format.The traditional resume begins w...

Nov 30, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Giving up is not really a good idea

Being Out of Work

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At some point during a long job search I often get an email from a member in which the primary message is about “the futility of it all.”Having been out of work myself for almost two full years in 1991 and 1992, I guess I can say I’ve been there and done that.Being out of work is never eas...

Nov 29, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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As we begin “the holiday season,” I hope everyone will spend a few minutes counting their blessings.Although the specter of Covid-19 appears to be continuing to hang over us, it is vitally important to keep a positive attitude about life and our career prospects in the days, weeks, months ...

Nov 23, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Every once in a while, things get quiet. There is no email (except for our newsletter), and there are no phone calls or Zoom meetings to attend.If you are actively looking for work, it can be a maddening experience.Instead of sitting with your hands folded on your desk, this is a good time...

Nov 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

From Black Friday to New Year’s Eve


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I know many of you will find it hard to believe, but we are now in a golden period for networking, networking and MORE networking. So, I hope you will please have at it.A lot of people believe that holiday times and especially the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve are the worst ti...

Nov 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG