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I suppose I could be wrong about all of this, but I find the use of “, MBA” as part of your name to be a bad idea. Yes, I know that not everyone has an MBA, but in my opinion unless you are a CPA or a Ph.D., you need to exercise a little caution in the initials you place after your nam...

Jan 26, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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Stop me if I am wrong, but I always thought that financial folks were known for their attention to detail. Aren’t we known as total compulsives, or did I miss something? Sad to say, but it apparently isn’t true. Most of my daily communication is from fellow financial executives and I...

Jan 25, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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I assume that most of you are unaware that in addition to being Chairman of The FENG, I am also president of the Save The Nauga Society. I have been actively involved in trying to save the nauga from extinction for many years. While naugas existed in most parts of the world in large num...

Jan 24, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

They aren’t making any more of it

Being Out of Work

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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

Selling from a full wagon

Interviewing Resume Writing

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Although it is certainly true that it isn’t possible to sell from an empty wagon, the difficulty of selling from one that is full is greatly under rated. As senior financial professionals, and as individuals not seriously trained in sales, we frequently find ourselves in the position of...

Jan 20, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Getting back at it

Being Out of Work

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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

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 Matthew Bud, The FENG

Knowing what’s important

Human Interactions Interviewing

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I always find it interesting during 90-second announcements how nearly identical are the descriptions of “ideal jobs” when compared to the one a member has most recently left. Since we are all financial folks, I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. As history based individuals, it is hard to...

Jan 17, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Let’s keep it a secret

Resume Writing

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Any more than someone would write “Please Broadcast Widely” at the top of their resume, putting “Confidential” is just as silly in many ways. I’m sure that this is written up somewhere as the appropriate thing to do, so I am not faulting anyone who does it, but it really is unnecessary....

Jan 14, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Putting your best foot forward

Resume Writing Standing Out From the Crowd

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The development of a resume can be a long and involved process. There are so many ideas that others have to share with you, and each person with whom you speak has their own perspective about what is right and what is wrong. Your resume is also in part an historical document charged wit...

Jan 13, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Hanging on to unpleasantness

Being Out of Work Human Interactions

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I don’t know if you remember “Rain Man” with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, but there was one scene where Tom Cruise either hit or yelled at Dustin Hoffman and Dustin proceeded to write it down in a notebook he carried. He was very meticulous in noting the “offense” and the date and time. ...

Jan 12, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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When asked how your job search is going or your job, the best answer is “unbelievable.” Unbelievable can of course mean in reality good or bad. If things are really really bad, they are certainly unbelievable. And if you are pinching yourself to make sure you are awake, they could also be ...

Jan 10, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Why we share job leads

Job Leads & Job Boards

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One of the core values of being a member of The FENG is that we share job leads. There are a lot of reasons why we do this, and it isn’t just because it is a nice thing to do. It is actually a very smart thing to do. The only problem is that it is apparently a counter-intuitive idea. So, f...

Jan 07, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Today’s events in Washington, DC


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For those of you who don’t know my entire background, please know I served in the United States Army for two years, 1969 and 1970. I can’t say it was a happy time, but I was fortunate to perform my entire service at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. For those of you who have attended my meeting...

Jan 06, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Information please

Job Leads & Job Boards

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I am more often than not surprised by the amount of time it can take for a company to develop a position description and yet at the end of the day not really be able to capture the essential elements for a particular opportunity. I suppose in part this is because senior level position desc...

Jan 05, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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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 ma...

Jan 04, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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One of the very nicest parts of the holiday season is getting greeting cards, both email and physical, from the many people that I know. The good ones are filled with newsy information about what the sender has been doing for the past 12 months and perhaps what their plans are for the year...

Dec 28, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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I don’t know if all of you are old enough to remember the CB Radio craze, but it was a fun period in America. I assume no one still uses this technology, but for most of us it is a fond memory. I remember how all of us used to talk about our “handles,” and putting the antenna on the top of...

Dec 22, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Putting it behind you-NOT

Being Out of Work Networking

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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 ...

Dec 21, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Networking by brute force


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From time to time, someone tells me that networking as an approach is falling into disfavor. (If it does, we will have to change the name of our networking group, and I am at a loss as to how to come up with another name!) When people talk about networking in this way, the networking that ...

Dec 20, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Who is that masked man?

90-Second Announcements

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I have at this point in my chairmanship of The FENG listened to a fairly significant number of 90-second announcements. I try to listen patiently and assess how best to help and make suggestions for improvements in the delivery of this vital communication. The time frame presents a formida...

Dec 17, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG