EDITORIALS

The care and feeding of those who help

Human Interactions

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After “I love you,” “thank you” is probably the next thing no one hears enough.The subject, I am going to discuss tonight could also be called common courtesy, or common courtesies. I know that everyone who is active in their search is very busy, but so are those who are sharing their valu...


Sep 26, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

Resume Writing

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I can see from the resumes that cross my desk, that more than a few of our members don’t take to heart some of the editorial material presented in this newsletter, or are taking advice from lightweights in matters related to job search. I hope this will stop!(For our loyal readers and foll...


Sep 23, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Dumber than dirt

Resume Writing

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There is a lot of poor thinking going on out in the world about how to be considered for jobs that are a step or two back in your career.The thinking seems to be that you have to dumb down your resume. I agree. I just don’t agree that deleting work history from earlier in your career or le...


Sep 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Best supporting actor

Correspondence

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I once wrote an editorial I called: Your resume stands aloneIf I must say so myself, it was one of my better missives. It highlighted the simple fact that unless your resume sings your praises properly, you honestly don’t stand a chance. A resume needs to be complete, as in no missing jobs...


Sep 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The benefit of the doubt

Networking

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The FENG is a networking organization. I hope none of you are fooled by the volume of job leads we publish. The actual purpose of our little circle of friends is to be helpful to one another as often as possible in this struggle we all face to earn a living.In my role as Chairman, I am alw...


Sep 20, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

After all we have meant to each other

Correspondence

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A few times a week I get a note from one of our members asking me to stop the newsletter. Although sometimes I do get an explanation of sorts, most times I don’t. All I get is the subject: Unsubscribe.Perhaps I shouldn’t admit this, but I am a little offended that someone who has been rece...


Sep 19, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Confusing tools with a cure

Outplacement

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I saw an article many years ago that went on at length about the dissatisfaction folks had with outplacement firms.While I’m not a big fan of everything outplacement firms teach, it is vitally important that anyone who wants to work until THEY want to stop, learn about this whole job searc...


Sep 16, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Digesting the newsletter

Evolving Job Market

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I have to admit that reading the newsletter most nights is like drinking water from a fire hose.The newsletter goes out to many audiences. Like the 6 blind men standing around the elephant, each of those audiences has different needs. This being the case, I will try to suggest a few approa...


Sep 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t spill the beans

Interviewing

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As financial officers, our natural instinct is to provide full and complete disclosure. It is all part and parcel of our basic honesty.When I was in the Advertising business, now so many years ago, I was often in a situation where I had to inform my boss about something important. He was a...


Sep 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Using your imagination

Evolving Job Market

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I have often joked that I am known for “in the box thinking.”Thinking outside of the box, whatever that means, isn’t easy. As financial folks we just aren’t built that way.Still, being boring and unimaginative doesn’t have to become a way of life. And, although this may sound counterintuit...


Sep 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The intimidation factor

Human Interactions

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One of the many things I hear members comment on from time to time when they are out and about networking within our group is: “I can’t believe how talented everyone is. How can I ever expect to get a job if some of these folks are out of work?”I am not sure why I am caught off guard by th...


Sep 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Always do your best work

Correspondence

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I have never quite understood why the emails I get are so sloppy.I fully realize and accept that most people don’t type 90 words a minute like I do. Still, even if you only hunt and peck, it is my honest advice to you that you make an effort to spell words correctly and to check your sente...


Sep 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Two hours for lunch

Networking

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One of the little jokes I used to tell back at the office was how hard it was to get anything done, what with an hour coffee break in the morning, two hours for lunch, another hour coffee break in the afternoon, combined with leaving early, there just isn’t much time to get things done.In ...


Sep 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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I was recently reminded of one of my favored approaches to networking that I discovered in the early 90’s.(Sometime in the late-90’s I stopped calling some of the things I was doing “scams” and started calling them “approaches,” which for some reason those in polite society found more acce...


Sep 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Please, no sad stories

Networking

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As we all blast out of here for the long Labor Day weekend, let me give you a few suggestions to make your “time off’ most productive.I hope that all of you will be sharing some good times with family and old friends. (All my friends are old, but I digress.) If you are currently unemployed...


Sep 02, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

No one ever calls

Human Interactions

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I had an interesting comment from one of our members of long standing several years ago to the effect that no one was calling him. Of course, the ultimate revenge would be to give all of you his phone number and ask you to call our very own “lonesome George,” but that would be mean.While i...


Sep 01, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Sharing of job leads

Evolving Job Market

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The newsletters the past few weeks have been a little thin, so I thought I would take this opportunity to remind all of you of our mutual commitment to share job leads, even those in which we are an active participants.Yes, I know it is counter-intuitive to share leads in which you are an ...


Aug 31, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A firm belief in the Tooth Fairy

Correspondence

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I hope I will not sound like I am in a bad mood or anything, but I have to tell you that the bulk of the messages I get from members need a lot of work to make them appear as proper business correspondence.I wish I could believe this is only how you write when you are corresponding with yo...


Aug 30, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A silver bullet

Outplacement

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Ah, if only there were such a thing when it came to job search. Alas, there isn’t.From time to time I get emails asking about the various “blood suckers,” who claim to provide variations on outplacement. They profess to be able to do either mass mailings, mass emailings or the ability to t...


Aug 29, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Keeping a proper attitude

Being Out of Work

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One of our members wrote me once and asked me about how to keep a proper attitude when your job search stretches into what seems like an eternity. The reason he addressed this question to me is that he noted that I have mentioned on several occasions that beginning in March of 1991 I was u...


Aug 26, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Networking is easy

Networking

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Have you ever had someone call you up to network and actually been able to help them in some way? I have to ask. How did it make you feel? My guess is that you felt pretty good inside.Perhaps you were only able to point out a typo on their resume, or perhaps you were only able to give them...


Aug 25, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG