Geese and golden eggs

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Since we have many new members each year AND many members who may be active again from time to time, I thought it might be a good idea if I wrote about our “qualified members only” approach to responding to job leads and why it works for you.First, let’s understand that posted jobs are onl...


Oct 13, 2021

By Matt 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 th...


May 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Managing our growth

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By a significant margin, we are the largest networking group of senior financial executives in the entire world. Not only that, but by any measure, we are more connected with each other on a national basis than any other organization as well. And, our reputation is well known. We no longer...


Mar 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Geese and golden eggs

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One of our very most important audiences are members of the search community who are registered as Friends of The FENG. (With our new website up, I will be doing a promotion to these folks in the next few days.) When you communicate with these folks, briefly, you are expected to behave ...


Jan 18, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Damaged goods

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There was an article in The Wall Street Journal several years ago that made the following points: 1. The unemployed are damaged goods 2. Recruiters prefer finding those who are not actively seeking new jobs 3. Networking groups are of little value While to a degree I hesitate to take excep...


Aug 02, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Geese and golden eggs

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One of our very most important audiences are members of the search community who are registered as Friends of The FENG. When you communicate with these folks, briefly, you are expected to behave yourself. Members of The FENG are expected to only respond when reasonably qualified. What does...


Jan 11, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The FENG’s complaint department

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I don’t know if all of you know it, but I started my career in retailing at B. Altman & Company, one of the old line “Carriage Trade” retailers in New York City, and an interesting place to be sure. To be successful in this retailing segment you had to treat your customers’ right. All ...


Nov 01, 2018

By Matt Bud, The FENG

You’re in my files

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There are so many urban legends associated with job search that I generally don’t know where to start when I talk to new members. Since I get calls every week from members of the search community, I thought I would take a few minutes tonight and discuss the reality of your resume being on ...


Mar 28, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Retained versus contingency

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There is a great deal of fuss made out in “the world” about the difference between retained and contingency recruiters. If you want a full discussion about their differences and differing motivations, a very good source is “Rites of Passage” by John Lucht. All recruiters handle jobs in whi...


Aug 31, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Search firm rules of engagement

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I got a note a few years ago from one of our members asking how to manage his relationship with search firms and the points I made to him then are then are still relevant now. The first thing I would point out to everyone is that the search business isn’t what it used to be. (But then, wha...


Apr 21, 2019

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Hard won personal relationships

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The world is actually built on a series of personal relationships. The truth of this statement was brought home to me many times during my near decade in the Advertising business, and subsequent to that from my experiences during my job search in trying to get to know people in the Venture...


Nov 15, 2020

By Matt 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 Matt 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 Matt Bud, The FENG

When the newsletter thins

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I realize that on days when the newsletter thins, there is the temptation to “click and shoot” all of the remotely possible postings that appear. Please don’t. One of the core values of The FENG is that we don’t respond to postings unless we are a good fit. Very simply put, if you wouldn’t...


Dec 08, 2020

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Coziness is a state of mind

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I suppose that at times being a member of the runaway train we call The FENG would appear not to lend itself to a whole lot of warm fuzzies. Ah, if only we could return to those halcyon days when there were only 50 of us and on a good day 15 of us would gather around that small table in th...


Jan 10, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Setting expectations

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One of the very important issues facing us as an organization is the “care and feeding” of our many friends in the search community. (And, there aren’t many left.) While studies have shown that only about 15% of the jobs in this country are handled by recruiters, to me they are still an im...


Apr 03, 2017

By Matt Bud, The FENG