EDITORIALS

Fewer close friends?

Human Interactions

Fewer close friends? Cover Image

There was mention in an article several years ago in The Wall Street Journal that Americans have fewer close friends. Intrigued at the time, I “Googled” and found a few press reports about the article.According to an article in American Sociological Review, in 1985, the average American ha...


Jun 23, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reading, an important skill

Job Leads & Job Boards

Reading, an important skill Cover Image

I think that anyone conducting a job search would agree that to be really effective and have any chance, one must know how to read.Like anything else, reading skills exist at many levels. The purpose of tonight’s editorial is to clarify the nature of the job leads in our evening newsletter...


Jun 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Just showing up Cover Image

There are several folks who claim credit for it, but one of the things I have been heard to say from time to time that I didn’t make up is that “90% of life is just showing up.” (Okay, perhaps it is only 89%. Whatever!)As we begin the months of the so called summer doldrums, I would ask al...


Jun 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Unsolicited advice

Human Interactions

Unsolicited advice Cover Image

It is a sad fact that most men don’t appreciate getting unsolicited advice. That said, there are even those among us who reject advice they have asked for out of hand and in a dismissive way.The giving and receiving of advice is always a delicate balance. Even though probably 75% of my mai...


Jun 20, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are you good at what you do?

Evolving Job Market

Are you good at what you do? Cover Image

It is not well known, but there are very few people in the world who actually know how to do things. I would suggest to all of you that, yes, I’m talking about YOU.As the world slowly crawls out from under all the changes that have happened as a result of COVID-19, opportunities will be ap...


Jun 17, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Your hidden assets Cover Image

Almost all of the resumes I see are from members or new member applicants.What is surprising is how much trouble some folks go to disguising their seniority and great skills.It is my belief and I hope to make it yours as well, that the most important thing you have to sell is your wealth o...


Jun 16, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Playing to an empty house Cover Image

I have often wondered how actors polish their performances before the first show. With only the director and the producer in the audience it just can't be the same. Sure, you are up there on stage and perhaps even in full costume, but there is no audience clapping or talking to each other ...


Jun 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Free advice Cover Image

I guess the old saw is that free advice is worth what you pay for it. The other popular expression I use from time to time is “consider the source.”There is a whole “guy thing” about the giving of unsolicited advice. In much the same logic as the old saw about guys not asking for direction...


Jun 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A career in marketing Cover Image

Just as they should require finance and accounting courses for the members of the other professions in this world, they probably should require more marketing classes for the members of our profession.The question we are always trying to address, whether we are looking for work or currentl...


Jun 13, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Points of difference Cover Image

If I may paraphrase a line from the somewhat forgettable movie “My Cousin Vinny,” this is no time to blend. (With Marisa Tomei and Joe Pesci)The essence of a job search is identifying and communicating that which is unique about you to the rest of the world.It is of course normal for human...


Jun 10, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Just checking in with you

Old Friends

Just checking in with you Cover Image

I spoke to one of our members of long standing several years ago who joined when we only had 100 members. Yes, I know it is hard to believe that The FENG only had 100 members back in 1997, but it’s true. We have indeed come a long way!I guess I had one of my many flashbacks while I was tal...


Jun 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Staying hidden from view

Being Out of Work

Staying hidden from view Cover Image

I often wonder if people really want to be found.It ranges from the lack of an outgoing signature with your FULL contact information on the emails I receive to voice mail that repeats your phone number when I call, but doesn’t indicate whose phone it is. The latest wrinkle in the past few ...


Jun 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

I’ve got you covered

Correspondence

I’ve got you covered Cover Image

We can all get a lot of help writing resumes. There are even lots and lots of very good books and articles on this topic.Still, the first thing most recipients read or at least glance at is your cover letter. As bad as most of the resumes I see are, the cover letters are often worse.We are...


Jun 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The illusion of time

Being Out of Work

The illusion of time Cover Image

Although this problem was more common many years ago when there were more corporate layoffs, I still from time to time see members waste the first 6 months of their job search. It’s not that they “goof off,” it’s more that they feel they have the luxury of time.As a sailor, I can assure yo...


Jun 06, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The truth would probably hurt more

Interviewing

The truth would probably hurt more Cover Image

If only those you interviewed with were legally able to tell you the truth about why you aren’t being considered for a particular job. Unfortunately, the things they are allowed to say to you are very limited. Lawyers do really run the world.If we lived in a Jerry Seinfeld world, they woul...


Jun 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

We’re not a job listing service

New Friends Old Friends

We’re not a job listing service Cover Image

I know this will come as a shock to those of you who skip ahead to the leads, but The FENG is a social networking group, NOT a job listing service.Yes, I know this counter intuitive information is coming from someone sending you job leads 5 days a week, but pleased don’t be fooled. Only a ...


Jun 02, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Is procrastination beneficial?

Evolving Job Market

Is procrastination beneficial? Cover Image

As it has been said, never put off until tomorrow that which you can do today. Of all the things one can buy with money, time is not one of them.For those who “walk among us” who are thinking that the time is not far off when they might have to look for another job, I would suggest that th...


Jun 01, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A standard communication device

Resume Writing

A standard communication device Cover Image

The resume has a long and established history in our country, and while from time to time I see “variations on the theme,” the standard resume format is the one I always recommend.I would hope that all of us have lamented as Chief Financial Officers about our crazy vendors. Why can’t every...


May 27, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Moving down market Cover Image

I have often been heard to say that it’s always better to be working.Being overqualified for most of the jobs published out in the world can be a little unsettling. But, I think you just have to accept it as a fact of life that once you have 20-30 years of work experience, you have probabl...


May 26, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Are we a support or resource group?

Being Out of Work

Are we a support or resource group? Cover Image

Like the classic fable of the 6 blind men standing around the elephant, The FENG means a lot of different things to individual members.In part it is dependent on where they are in their career, whether they are active in a search, or if they are currently employed. It can also vary on any ...


May 25, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When the answer is no

Interviewing

When the answer is no Cover Image

Over the course of our careers, as financial people, we become hard wired to never take no for an answer. When a customer claims they won’t pay an invoice, we can come up with “offers they can’t refuse.” When engaged in a debate at work about the appropriate accounting treatment of some ex...


May 24, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG