Are you ready to retire?

Are you ready to retire? Cover Image

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

Corporate thinking – a gentle version

Corporate thinking – a gentle version Cover Image

It continues to be my observation of our members that for the most part we tend to move from large companies to small. Part of the reason is that we have no choice. Large companies generally speaking don’t hire senior executives from the outside. They try to grow their own. In any case, th...


Mar 18, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Square pegs for round holes

Square pegs for round holes Cover Image

As someone who always suggested to his children that a pair of scissors would be a good tool for putting together jigsaw puzzles, perhaps I am not the right person to be constantly preaching about “qualified members only.”Still, having the SPECIFIC experience for a particular job posting i...


Mar 14, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Square pegs for round holes

Square pegs for round holes Cover Image

As someone who always suggested to his children that a pair of scissors would be a good tool for putting together jigsaw puzzles, perhaps I am not the right person to be constantly preaching about “qualified members only.” Still, having the SPECIFIC experience for a particular job posting ...


Mar 07, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Are you ready to retire?

Are you ready to retire? Cover Image

I don’t know about you, but at the age of 71, 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 08, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Corporate thinking – a gentle version

Corporate thinking – a gentle version Cover Image

It continues to be my observation of our members that for the most part we tend to move from large companies to small. Part of the reason is that we have no choice. Large companies generally speaking don’t hire senior executives from the outside. They try to grow their own. In any case, th...


Mar 13, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The problem with falling overboard

The problem with falling overboard Cover Image

As the sailing season begins here in Connecticut my thoughts more and more turn to sailing stories and how they might apply to job search and the management of your career. (Of course, I think about and read sailing stories all the time, but I digress.) One of the great perils of sailing i...


Apr 12, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Moving down market

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 probab...


May 23, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Do all new jobs disappoint?

Do all new jobs disappoint? Cover Image

One of the comments I have heard from time to time is that the new job that someone just found isn’t as exciting as the one they lost. It seems at times that most of our members find themselves in a downward spiral as they change jobs. The companies are smaller and often the pay packages a...


Jul 11, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Is procrastination beneficial?

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 t...


May 30, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Wooden ships and iron men

Wooden ships and iron men Cover Image

Ah, the great age of sail! For many hundreds of years, men built great numbers of wooden sailing vessels for commercial purposes and for the making of war. The truth, as hinted at by the saying above is that there was very little that was actually romantic or desirable about a life at sea....


Jul 19, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Two hours for lunch

Two hours for lunch Cover Image

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 05, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Sharing of job leads

Sharing of job leads Cover Image

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 28, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Using your imagination

Using your imagination Cover Image

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 counterintu...


Sep 11, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Counterintuitive ideas

Counterintuitive ideas Cover Image

There are a lot of counterintuitive ideas out in the world. (It is sometimes called “out of the box thinking.”) What may not be fully recognized is that The FENG, our little circle of friends, is based on quite a few radical ideas, and amazingly they all work. The earliest premise of our o...


Sep 24, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

That was so 15 minutes ago

That was so 15 minutes ago Cover Image

It is at all times important to remember that Americans live in the present and the future. If you want to sound like an old person all you have to do is spout phrases like “I remember when gas was 25 cents a gallon.” Or, “I remember when we did spreadsheets with pencils and calculators.” ...


Oct 04, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Any port in a storm

Any port in a storm Cover Image

One of our members wrote to me a few years ago seeking some career advice. It seems his firm is restructuring and his job is being eliminated. That said, he has some “work opportunities” that are available to him, (some at his current firm) but all of which are a little off task to his pri...


Nov 05, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

A visualization of the ideal candidate

A visualization of the ideal candidate Cover Image

The classic cruel joke of job search is that the client is looking for someone just like you, but much younger. Of course, no one can use these exact words out of fear of getting sued for age discrimination, which we all know is illegal. Setting illogically low levels of experience and/or ...


Oct 28, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Learning the basics

Learning the basics Cover Image

When I first got into sailing as a young man (I was in my 30’s), my father-in-law suggested we take a class – what a concept! Sailing is actually pretty simple. First, you can’t sail directly into the wind (I wonder why?). Next, never spit into the wind. And finally, if you feel yourself g...


Nov 06, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Time, tides & job search

Time, tides & job search Cover Image

As an avid sailor these many years, I have found a certain comfort in the predictability of the tide. For example, at one time we had our sailboat in a harbor that prevented us from leaving or entering at dead low tide. An inconvenience to be sure, but one that was manageable given publish...


Dec 13, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Weather is very local

Weather is very local Cover Image

Ever the wise sailor, I always check the weather forecast before going sailing for the day. When out on vacation, the weather forecasts I listen to and study frequently cover a much broader area than I am planning to need for a particular day. I like knowing what the weather is going to be...


Jan 02, 2019

By Matthew Bud, The FENG