EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

One of the many fine traditions we have in The FENG is the sharing of job hunting tips.

I have to tell you that recently I haven’t been hearing as many job hunting tips as I used to hear. No, it isn’t that I have heard it all. New things are certainly happening. The problem I fear is primarily the nature of who we are and how we perceive the success or failure of the approaches we have taken in our search.

The “proof of the pudding” to many of our members is that they found a job. The problem with that standard is that most likely they wouldn’t be unemployed. They would be nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the wheel at their new “work opportunity.” Yes my friends, it is high time we stop being so hard on ourselves. Like mining gold, the tailings are considerable these days and it would be hard to tell what is and isn’t working even for an outside observer of your efforts.

That said there is considerable knowledge out there. Call it a “land of the blind, one eyed man thing” if you like, but the truth is that many of you aren’t sharing the very knowledge that just might win the day for one of your fellow members. Despite your very modest claims that it “hasn’t worked for you yet,” many of the scientific, analytical, carefully thought out ideas you have are pure gold. Okay, perhaps they are just silver, but even so, they are better than the lead coins that others may be playing with.

There is, of course, nothing totally new in the world. However, there are new twists on old ideas that implemented using some new strategies just might be generating activity for you. You need to do a little sharing and stop being so modest. How will anybody know you are a genius unless you explain some of your approaches?

I would like to make a suggestion. (Since I write the newsletter, there isn’t much you can do to stop me anyway, so you will just have to listen. Hey, I see you falling asleep over there!)

Anyway, my suggestion is that when speaking to any other member for any purpose, before saying goodbye and thank you for your time, you ask each other for a job hunting tip. As you know, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. (This is one of the laws of credit and collection.) So, ask!

If you ask someone for a job hunting tip, you know what? They almost always have one.

So instead of saying goodbye, say: “So, any job hunting tips to share?”

Remember, the best ideas are freshly stolen. If you want to give credit to the person who gave it to you, that might be nice, I will have no way of checking. (Keep in mind that the person who gave it to you can complain all they want, but they had the chance to send it in and didn’t.)

If you send them to me, I will publish them in an upcoming newsletter.

Regards, Matt

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