EDITORIALS

Making your emails look professional

Correspondence

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I don’t know if you will agree, but I’m almost convinced that email is going to stick around for a while as a business tool.This being the case, I would like to make the bold suggestion to all of you who write emails (and hopefully that is everyone in The FENG) that you “get with the progr...


Aug 24, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

10 seconds or less

Resume Writing

10 seconds or less Cover Image

Based on the resumes I see on a daily basis, I am not sure there is full appreciation for the amount of time any reviewer gives to your carefully crafted opus.The sad truth is that unless the information presented has a clarity greater than the other documents in that stack of 100-500, it ...


Aug 23, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Acts of friendship

New Friends Old Friends

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As you know, each week I publish a list of our new members and I ask each member of our august body to call at least one person from the list. I sometimes spend close to a full day out of my personal schedule to review new member candidates. I only ask that each of you call one person -- a...


Aug 22, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Questions you would rather not answer

Interviewing

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There is nothing worse in the world of job search than to have an obvious issue in your background that is difficult to explain.I have often suggested to members that on some topics we discuss there is no right answer. When there is no good answer to something in your background, what do y...


Aug 19, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Don’t call me late for lunch

Correspondence Networking

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I don’t know if all of you have noticed, but our new member announcement has a field called “Greeting to use.” It is there because I think it is important in establishing networking connections to be able to call people by the name they find most “comfortable.”As I have often said, you can...


Aug 18, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Taking your temperature too frequently

Being Out of Work

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I don’t know if any of you feel as I do, but when I have a cold or the flu, it is at once annoying and thoughtful that those who care about us are constantly checking up on us.Thank goodness I’m not sick very often, but when I am I prefer to be left alone during “the cure.” Human beings va...


Aug 17, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Do you have allergies?

Being Out of Work

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For those of you with allergies, you know only too well that once you have a reaction to something, for some period of time even small amounts of that substance will set you off.As I understand it, what happens is that an allergic reaction triggers elevated histamine levels in your body. I...


Aug 16, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Yakking on the phone

Interviewing

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Most of us CFO/Controller types find talking on the telephone one of the more difficult things we do. I believe one of the reasons 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 and to a ver...


Aug 15, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

I will work for food Cover Image

Although the job market appears to be getting better, it is still a sad fact of life these days that most of our members face the prospect of a salary lower than they previously enjoyed.From our perspective as financial folks we struggle with the burden of our hard won escalations in salar...


Aug 12, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A simple framework

Resume Writing

A simple framework Cover Image

I’m not sure why people go their own way, but the standard resume framework is very much the “gold” standard. If you accept the idea that most resumes only get 10 seconds, I think you can begin to appreciate why straying from the traditional structure can get you into trouble.Of course, yo...


Aug 11, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Caught by surprise

Interviewing

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There is nothing worse in this world than to finally get an interview and to blow the opportunity because someone asked you a question you weren’t prepared to answer.I don’t know why some very obvious questions can take a seasoned financial professional by surprise, but they do. Perhaps we...


Aug 10, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Law and order

Human Interactions

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Over the years I have been asked many times how large The FENG could get before “law and order” breaks down. By law and order breaking down I am talking about a point in time when we can no longer count on our members to treat each other with respect.Respect comes in many forms. We all tak...


Aug 09, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Who is your customer, what is your product?

Standing Out From the Crowd Communicating your value

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If I had to put my finger on the one issue that confuses senior financial professionals it is the subject above. Who is the customer for your services, and what is your product?When I have chatted with or had email exchanges with members who were going through outplacement, the bad advice ...


Aug 08, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Lying is so hard

Interviewing

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Despite all the financial scandals that we have seen over the years, most of us financial types by our nature have a hard time lying. For the most part, it just isn’t part of our DNA.While we may be burdened with many secrets of the organization such as payroll, we get around the questions...


Aug 05, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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If there is one thing that is certain about us financial types, it is that we always know the answer.Ask us a question and it isn’t long before we are well into the “primarily due to’s and partially offset by’s.” Yet, this major strength of ours and important skill set is an impediment to ...


Aug 04, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Giving up as a concept

Being Out of Work

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One of the more interesting ideas floating around these days is giving up. I can’t say I am an expert on this topic, other than to say that I have heard about it at length from others. Not that they have actually bought into the idea; just that they were talking about it.As you all know, I...


Aug 03, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Good news announcements

Being Out of Work

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I’m not sure if everyone understands the importance of our Good News Announcements, so I thought I would share with you tonight some of my thoughts as to why they are so important.Since the very beginning of our newsletter, the Good News Announcements have always appeared at the very begin...


Aug 02, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A rhinoceros and a piece of paper

Job Leads & Job Boards Networking

A rhinoceros and a piece of paper Cover Image

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...


Aug 01, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Any excuse will suffice

90-Second Announcements

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I am sure you have heard it too, the at length explanations others give as to why they are looking for another job. Sometimes I forget to mention at the beginning of our meeting in Connecticut that I really don’t need to know and you don’t really need to tell anyone. No explanation is actu...


Jul 29, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

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Perhaps because we fill in so many forms during the course of our careers, it seems that as financial types we are always looking for a fill in the blank approach to just about everything.Is there a formula for 90-second announcements, I am frequently asked? Well, there are some basic guid...


Jul 28, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The truth (as retold) Cover Image

I know that many of our members are faced with the unpleasant truth that they have been out of work for a significant period of time. Having been out of work myself for almost two years, I know that this unpleasant question of “Why have you been out so long?” gets asked. Like anything else...


Jul 27, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG