Sharing job leads

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The sharing of job leads has been an integral part of The FENG for so long that I have come to believe that everyone in the entire world understands the reasons why we do it. Alas, it isn’t true. A few years ago, I had an exchange with a member of the search community who was upset that...


Feb 17, 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

The race to the finish line

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Stop me if I am wrong, but I guess many folks find job search a painful process. Perhaps it is the lack of a steady paycheck, or the uncertainty, or the rejection. Just like beating your head against a wall, it sure feels good when you can stop. (Is this why we are having so much fun or wh...


Mar 08, 2017

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The hidden job market

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For those of you who I have not convinced about the value of networking, I thought I would share my own thoughts about something I have observed about the world and why I think it is so. I would welcome differing opinions from our members and/or your own observations. Please send them to L...


Mar 30, 2017

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Reading the tea leave

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I don’t know about you, but I find it hard not to have my eyes glass over while reading job descriptions. It seems to me that they often put the most important information last, buried somewhere or disguised. I am, of course, referring to the EXACT city location of the job in question. Hey...


Aug 20, 2017

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Making a pest of yourself

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As I am sure all of you know, one of your responsibilities as a member is, to the best of your ability, to only respond to job postings when you are reasonably qualified. The greatest majority of job postings in our newsletter come your way through the good offices of your fellow members. ...


Sep 10, 2017

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

You’re not from around here

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The number of qualified candidates in major metropolitan areas is always strong. The problem faced by our members in “one horse towns” is dealing with the issue of relocation when they apply for opportunities. Most of the folks I talk to who are not from major metropolitan areas feel they ...


Aug 27, 2017

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Over responding to job leads

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One of the foundations upon which The FENG has been built has been relying upon our members to exercise good judgment about the jobs for which they are a fit and only responding when they are. I could no more police this activity when we were smaller than I can now that we are huge. In the...


Sep 24, 2017

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Selling life jackets to those drowning

Selling life jackets to those drowning Cover Image

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 alternate...


Jan 29, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Sharing job leads

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The sharing of job leads has been an integral part of The FENG for so long that I have come to believe that everyone in the entire world understands the reasons why we do it. Alas, it isn’t true. A few years ago, I had an exchange with a member of the search community who was upset that on...


Feb 12, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Don’t act desperate

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The volume of your responses to job leads posted in our evening newsletter is always a concern of mine. With the strengthening job market for senior financial officers, one of the many things we have going for us AT THE MOMENT is our fine relationship with the search community. (Be sure to...


Mar 01, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Hurry up and wait

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The mindset that is most appropriate for a job search is very much like my Army experience where we used to lament what we referred to as “hurry up and wait.” As raw recruits, we were expected to arrive at points at the previously appointed minute, whether or not others were ready for us. ...


Mar 05, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Time is of the essence

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For those of you who have had the honor of dealing with legal matters, you know that the phrase “Time is of the essence” is frequently used in contracts. The idea is that if you want to get the deal done, you better move quickly. (In other words, you will need to get off your duff.) The wo...


Mar 22, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Running around recruiters

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Several years ago I received a phone call from a long standing Friend of The FENG. This particular search firm posted with us on a regular basis. In this case, the posting included the name of their client. You see, they felt that the relationship they had with The FENG was so strong and t...


Apr 30, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Is anyone holding out?

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I hate to ask if anyone is holding out, but is anyone holding out? One of the core values of The FENG is that we try very hard to share our job leads. Trust me, individual job leads aren’t as valuable as you think they are. And, if you share them, not only will you be viewed as a Fanatic F...


May 07, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

A rhinoceros and a piece of paper

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Many years ago, my son and I were rowing out to our mooring to go sailing with my father-in-law. My son, who was probably 8 or 9 at the time, asked my father-in-law if he knew the EXACT difference between a rhinoceros and a piece of paper. After several totally wrong guesses, my son gave h...


Jul 29, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

What’s the big rush?

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As I hope all of you know, I have a consulting practice called The Financial Executives Consulting Group, LLC. (As time permits, please visit our website: www.TheFECG.com to see what we do.) Bruce Lynn is my business partner. We both also devote significant amounts of time on a volunteer b...


Oct 09, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Passive job searching

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I once got a note from one of our members listing several websites with job listings. The question was which ones to sign up for given that some of them had fees associated with them. I will now talk out of both sides of my mouth, so pay attention. Here in The FENG evening newsletter, we m...


Oct 24, 2018

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The great white elephant sale

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As everyone I hope knows, a white elephant is something that appears to be useful, but actually has no real value. It takes up a lot of space and basically eats you out of house and home. Anyone with a garage or attic knows the kinds of things folks tend to hang onto, because all human bei...


Jan 13, 2019

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Taking job specifications seriously

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I just don’t think that I will ever see in my lifetime a job specification that calls for a minimum of 30 years of work experience. If you ever see one, I do hope you will send it my way so I can frame it. For those of us who are “well experienced,” it can be a difficult decision applying ...


Feb 03, 2019

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus

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I hope that none of you still believe in the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus. In much the same vein, I hope that all of you are smart enough to know that there is no job board with an exclusive list of job leads. And, anyone trying to sell you job leads should be viewed with suspicion. If you t...


Feb 12, 2019

By Matthew Bud, The FENG