EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

If there is a single week during the entire year when it is hard to network, it has to be the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The phone doesn’t ring much and there isn’t even much email.

While I will try to take a little time off this week, I will also be spending some time organizing and reorganizing my office. These are things I honestly can’t do very well during the rest of the year.

While you may not be able to do much networking, you can PREPARE to do a little networking.

If you find yourself with some time on your hands this week, take a minute and visit our absolutely spectacular Member Directory Search feature and take it for a test drive. We have added almost 2,000 new members this year and one or more of them may be long lost business associates. You might also find a few folks from your past that you missed the last time you checked.

If you track down a friend who you realize needs to update their directory listing, please send them to our website. If they have forgotten their password, we have a cure for that: There is an “I forgot my password” button.

While we do our best to ask those who write to us here at world headquarters if their information is correct, everyone can help us keep our directories up to date by being our “eyes and ears.” Networking only works if our directory is up to date, and you can help.

The other thing you might want to do is to reread your resume and cover letters. It is all too easy to keep sending out the same words day after day to the point that you no longer know what some of these documents say. Take the time to read them. You may find that they are in need of a serious rewrite, or you may just need to tweak them a bit. In any case, an annual review couldn’t hurt.

If you are fortunate to be “between searches” during this holiday period, it might be a good idea to add your current experience to your most recent resume so you will have it if you need it in the months to come.

You might also want to do a little reading and get caught up on that as well. I will leave the choices up to you. (I have a pile of sailing magazines that I MUST clear.)

So enjoy the week. Opportunities like this don’t happen often.

Regards, Matt

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