EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

You really can’t beat summer.

Although it is a brief season (at least here in the Northeast), it is one of those remarkable times during the year when there is lots to do and lots of daylight time in which to do it. The days are longer and the weather is warm enough that you don’t need much preparation to go outside, unless it is raining cats and dogs. And even then, all you need is your umbrella.

Heading out to lunch is just so much easier if you work in a place like New York City where I worked for 20 years. No heavy winter coat to drag with you to a restaurant.

One of the great myths of summer is that no one is around and therefore it isn’t a good time to network. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If you think about it, summer is one of the best times to be out and about networking. This is the time of year when lots of folks are on vacation. Sure, they are out of the office then, but by and large with all the activities that are available, most folks try to stay close to home this time of year. Who in their right mind would want to travel when the kids are home from school and there are quiet walks one can take in the evening with one’s significant other?

I would also point out to you that for most companies, this time of year is the slow season for the accounting and finance group. The yearend close and audit are probably done, and the budget season has yet to begin. While other groups at your target companies might be busy, your peers in finance world just might have some time for you.

I would also encourage you, if you are active in your search, to try to attend meetings of your local and not so local chapters. Draw a big circle around where you live and see what chapters are in reasonable driving distance. You certainly aren’t going to get caught in a snow storm this time of year. As one of our members said to me once: “If I stay home, I can be assured that nothing will happen. If I come to the chapter meeting, at least there is a chance I might make a good networking contact.”

Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts and make good use of this time of year. Just like the other seasons, it only comes once a year.

Regards, Matt

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