EDITORIALS

Don’t be lazy Cover Image

In a sense, a sailboat isn’t a complicated machine. Compared with other means of transportation such as cars or planes, there really isn’t much to a sailboat. Sails are pretty simple, and if you are like me, you don’t use the motor if you can avoid it. (We only burned 50 gallons of diesel ...


Dec 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Presenting your credentials

Networking Communicating your value

Presenting your credentials Cover Image

Job search is a draining and discouraging process at times. (Or, is that most of the time?) Well, maybe not, unless you make it so.The truth is that most of us financial types stay in jobs a lot longer than those in other disciplines like marketing or sales. In addition, most of the work w...


Dec 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Living in an iPhone and Twitter world

Correspondence

Living in an iPhone and Twitter world Cover Image

Many of the inventions of the modern world are either the best things or the worst things to ever happen to us.It is a true fact (as opposed to a false fact) that we are now able to do a lot more communicating with each other than ever before. Personally, I stand amazed that I send out our...


Dec 07, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

On being a society of friends

Human Interactions

On being a society of friends Cover Image

The FENG is a society of friends. In order to become a member of our august body you need to find a sponsor, someone who will hopefully watch over you. I suppose, it is often only after a few days or weeks of membership that you can fully appreciate the value of this act of friendship.Ther...


Dec 06, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Talking on the phone Cover Image

Most of us in the financial community find talking on the telephone to be one of the more challenging things we do.I believe the primary reason is that most of our work is accomplished in written form. When we do present our work to the boss or to our peers, it is usually done face to face...


Dec 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t pretend to be what you’re not

Standing Out From the Crowd

Don’t pretend to be what you’re not Cover Image

I have over the years had endless discussions with our many members on the topic of disguising your age or generalizing your background and despite my best arguments, I find people still doing it. Hopefully it is not the same people. (Why don’t they listen to me?)Actually, I am not whining...


Dec 02, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Getting from here to there

Being Out of Work

Getting from here to there Cover Image

Sailing can be a very simple or a very complicated activity. It depends on how you want to approach it.To get from here to there can be planned on a very simple basis or a very complicated basis. For example, if you are sailing across Long Island Sound from North to South to a particular d...


Dec 01, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

In the box thinking

Resume Writing

In the box thinking Cover Image

I know that all of us take great pride in being “out of the box” thinkers, but there are situations that taking an innovative approach is the same as shooting yourself in the foot.One of those situations is in being innovative with the standard resume format.The traditional resume begins w...


Nov 30, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Giving up is not really a good idea

Being Out of Work

Giving up is not really a good idea Cover Image

At some point during a long job search I often get an email from a member in which the primary message is about “the futility of it all.”Having been out of work myself for almost two full years in 1991 and 1992, I guess I can say I’ve been there and done that.Being out of work is never eas...


Nov 29, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Thanksgiving Cover Image

As we begin “the holiday season,” I hope everyone will spend a few minutes counting their blessings.Although the specter of Covid-19 appears to be continuing to hang over us, it is vitally important to keep a positive attitude about life and our career prospects in the days, weeks, months ...


Nov 23, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

When things get quiet Cover Image

Every once in a while, things get quiet. There is no email (except for our newsletter), and there are no phone calls or Zoom meetings to attend.If you are actively looking for work, it can be a maddening experience.Instead of sitting with your hands folded on your desk, this is a good time...


Nov 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

From Black Friday to New Year’s Eve

Networking

From Black Friday to New Year’s Eve Cover Image

I know many of you will find it hard to believe, but we are now in a golden period for networking, networking and MORE networking. So, I hope you will please have at it.A lot of people believe that holiday times and especially the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve are the worst ti...


Nov 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The Hotel California Cover Image

As you may remember from the song of this same name, you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. I know they thought of it first and popularized it, but it is very much like your membership in The FENG. The only difference is you can check out, but I hope you won’t.If you ...


Nov 18, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The illusion of trust Cover Image

It is always difficult to explain why you trust someone.In our daily encounters out in the world we come across all kinds of folks. Most of the individuals we do business with on a daily basis don’t have to be our friends, and the nature of the exchanges we have with them don’t even requir...


Nov 17, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The wind in your sails-not

Evolving Job Market

The wind in your sails-not Cover Image

A long time ago I read a book by Dodge Morgan. Those non-sailors among us will probably not recognize his name, but in his 50’s, Dodge decided to sail solo around the world on a sloop especially designed for him. (I also bought the video of his voyage and heard him speak in person about hi...


Nov 16, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Weather forecasting

Evolving Job Market

Weather forecasting Cover Image

Ever the wise sailor, I always (well, almost always) check the weather forecast before heading down to the boat to go out for the day.This may or may not be a valuable activity. My wife jokes that in her next life she wants to be a weather forecaster. They never have to be right and they s...


Nov 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Reinventing yourself Cover Image

Much as I hate using cliché phrases as the one above, I don’t really know if there is a better one to describe the process of self-examination that is required when faced with looking for another “work opportunity.”(I call them work opportunities instead of jobs, because they don’t general...


Nov 14, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The beginning of time itself

Networking

The beginning of time itself Cover Image

I know you will all find this hard to believe, but there was a time when The FENG only had 20 members.In May of 1995, I was invited by Ed Devlin, the then Chairman, to join what was at that time The Fairfield County Financial Executives Networking Group. (Ed had recently taken over from Do...


Nov 11, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Picking a restaurant Cover Image

People who know that my wife and I are into sailing often ask us what we most enjoy making for dinner when we are on the boat. My standard response is reservations.The hard part is, of course, picking the restaurant. Are we in the mood for Mexican food, Pizza, French, Italian, or Chinese? ...


Nov 10, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Watching each other's back

Human Interactions Old Friends

Watching each other's back Cover Image

I don’t know if you have noticed, but all of the job leads from The FECG include a sentence that says “You may forward this to other members of The FENG if you are aware of their background and/or interest in this kind of opportunity.”I wish all the job leads in our newsletter had this sen...


Nov 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Politeness & proper manners

Human Interactions

Politeness & proper manners Cover Image

I am not going to suggest to you that the world of The FENG is a perfect place. That said, I hope that someday we will be recognized as one of the organizations that “started it all.”We all know that common courtesy is very rare in today’s world, which makes you wonder why they call it com...


Nov 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG