EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

There isn’t much I personally can do about the job market. I caught a few minutes of the evening news tonight, and as many as 20% of the work force in the USA is now unemployed. These are staggering numbers. Equally staggering is that almost 64,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.

With headlines like these in front of you, it can be hard to focus on much of anything. That said, I have worked very hard this week building programming for Chat with Matt. (I’ve even allowed myself to fall behind in my email.)

This is something I CAN do. I hope to bring you the best minds I have met over the past 25 years to inspire you, encourage you, and educate you in what promises to be the toughest job market any of us have ever seen in our lifetimes.

I would encourage each of you to come up with something you CAN do to inspire, encourage and educate those you know. Keeping YOUR chin up and helping others keep theirs up will qualify you for the Fanatic FENG’ers hall of honor.

I suggested in a recent editorial that you call all your friends and see how they’re doing. Don’t spread the pain. If you are down in the dumps, you’re not doing anyone any favors by calling them. However, I think you will find that if you paint a smile on, and make a few phone calls to fellow members of The FENG that you don’t know, you will put yourself in a good enough mood to call a few friends.

Have any friends who are qualified to be members of The FENG called YOU? I hope you will extend the hand of friendship and offer to sponsor them. Surprisingly we haven’t yet had a flood of new member applicants. I’m sure it’s coming. When it does, our professional staff (alias, the welcoming committee) will make sure we take good care of them.

Have you been doing any thinking about your career? While everyone is running around with their hair on fire, this would be a good time to get those CPE credits you need. Sure, it’s hard to concentrate, but it won’t be any easier when the job market opens up. Spend some time working on your resume, cover letter and 90-second announcement too!

I guess I should also mention your obligations to those folks you are stuck in the house with, and those loved ones you can’t visit at the moment. Get a grip on yourself and do what you can to make them feel needed and appreciated. Surprise them and take care of one or more of their household chores, for example. Set a time to FaceTime, Zoom or Skype with those not in the house. Not as good as being there in person, but it’s the best we can do at the moment.

And, coming back to what I’m working on for all of you, join me for Chat with Matt, tomorrow at 4PM New York City time. My wife and I will be hosting an open microphone meeting. I hope to see you then. (It being Zoom, we actually WILL be able to see you.

It being Friday, we’re even open to running over a few minutes if need be to address your concerns.

Regards, Matt

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