The cup is at 50%

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There is nothing more important to an effective job search than a positive attitude.Sure, building an effective resume, a pithy 90-second announcement and a library of cover letters is always a good idea, the fact remains that positively focused dogged determination tends to win the day mo...

May 05, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Keeping hope alive

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Whether you are currently working and hate your job or are currently in active search mode, the most important job you have every day is maintaining an optimistic view of the future.The stresses and strains of a job that is winding down may at times seem beyond bearable. Back in 1991 durin...

Apr 29, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Having the wind taken out of your sails

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Conducting a job search, whether working or not currently employed, can be a difficult time. You tend to go through phases. (I don’t know if I like the phrase “in transition,” but it seems to continue to be well accepted.)At first it can be kind of exciting to be away from the daily grind ...

Apr 26, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Arrested but not convicted

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One subject that comes up all the time is the importance of having an explanation as to why you are looking for another job.I have always felt that it was a waste of your valuable time to provide an explanation in your 90 second announcement, and I still feel that way. Unless you were arre...

Apr 21, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

It is always better to be working

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Even though the job market seems to be improving, I thought I would repeat a thought I mention to those who ask. Plain and simple, it is always better to be working.The strategy you take early in your career has to be one of growth. Each job you take has to move you up the ladder of succes...

Apr 18, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Are you ready to retire?

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I don’t know about you, but at the age of 74, I still have more than a few miles left on my odometer. The thought of retirement is still something far off into the future. I imagine I will get to that point in my thinking someday, but it isn’t now.When members call me for advice, I always ...

Apr 12, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The Energizer Bunny

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Probably one of the hardest things to do during a job search is keeping yourself energized. If you are conducting your job search from home, as most of you are today, it can be even more difficult.The thing to recognize is that conducting a job search is in some respects painful for us fin...

Mar 30, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Believing everything you hear

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It is a great talent of us financial types that we do a lot of data gathering before we make decisions. In any conversation we have we are looking for the reasons why and why not, and keeping a tally count so that we can construct a graph of some kind, I suppose. This isn’t a criticism. I ...

Mar 21, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Taking a punch

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One of the lesser rated but most important traits of a senior financial executive is his/her ability to take a punch. I say lesser rated because many of our members who I have talked to over the years feel that having had a punch thrown at them and not having the good sense to duck is some...

Mar 16, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Keeping busy and productive

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One of our members wrote me a while back 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...

Mar 03, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The challenge of redefining yourself

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I have had several at length conversations with members from financial services organizations over the years. Fortunately, or unfortunately for me, I have no experience working at a bank, insurance company, capital markets firm, or asset management organization. As a result, I have been so...

Mar 02, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Maintaining your self-esteem

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Maintaining your self-esteem during a job search can be difficult at times, especially if your search has been going on for any length of time. So much of who we perceive ourselves to be comes from the reflection of our personalities upon those with whom we are engaged on a daily basis....

Feb 22, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

LIfe changing events

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There are many things that can happen to you in your life that change your perspective. Losing your job and/or having to find another one, easily falls into this category. As you all know, The FENG is a networking group, it is not a job listing service. Sure, we publish lots and lots of...

Feb 18, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

I never met a job I didn't like

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Will Rogers is remembered as saying: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” I only wish everyone reviewing job possibilities would keep in mind the job search equivalent as stated above. Most jobs, upon initial examination, are bound to have more than a few flaws. Let’s face it, if it was a...

Feb 10, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Selling life jackets to those drowning

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Since a significant percentage of our members are in the job market, I thought I would make you aware that almost all of the job search related websites are in the business of selling life jackets to people who are drowning. And, the life jackets they sell don’t actually work. An altern...

Feb 03, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Removing mental obstacles

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A very long time ago, I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of our Hartford/Springfield chapter. I was one of two guest speakers. The other speaker was a gentleman from Robert Half who spoke about the local market. What was of particular interest to me was his perception of people ...

Jan 31, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Sharing with the family

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Job search can be a lonely business. There you are, in your home office from the moment you get up in the morning until just before you go to bed. Emails are going out. Letters are being sent. Appointments are being made. (And, the only time you leave the house is for this purpose.) The...

Jan 27, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

They aren’t making any more of it

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Ah, that very useful invention of mine, the day stretcher. If only it actually worked. Not only doesn’t it work, but it would also appear that there is nothing one can do about time that is lost. Once time has passed, it is gone. (When sailing, it is similar to what I call the sploosh s...

Jan 21, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Getting back at it

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Okay sports fans, the new year has begun. It is now January 19th and time is slipping away. At the moment this year promises to be filled with as many challenges as last year, but don’t allow that stop you. (Sadly, the light at the end of the tunnel may indeed be a speeding locomotive.) ...

Jan 19, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Putting it behind you

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Since much of what we do in The FENG is about job search, I thought it might be appropriate to make a few suggestions to everyone about what to do when you do actually find a new job. I’ll be blunt. Job search is primarily filled with uncertainty, highs and lows and activities like making ...

Jan 07, 2019

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Past, present & future

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I have often said that a member’s visualization of his new job is his last job on his last day. In a sense, how could it be any different? As accountants, we value our history more than anything else. This “rear view mirror” approach to life is one of the many things that can cause us to l...

Jan 22, 2019

By Matthew Bud, The FENG