It could be Santa Claus

Human Interactions

It could be Santa Claus Cover Image

I don’t know what it is about returning phone calls. I get them by the truck load and still do my best to return them all. (Sometimes it does take a few days.) Perhaps I have a high level of curiosity, but I have found that you can never tell who has called or what they have called about w...

Dec 15, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The captain can show no fear Cover Image

There was this very amusing comedy routine that I heard many years ago. During part of it, the comedian pointed out that when operating on a patient under local anesthetic, surgeons are not allowed to say “oops.” (I know what I mean when I say oops. What did he mean?) In much the same way,...

Dec 14, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Call me Mr. Know-it-all Cover Image

I know we don’t mean to do it, but as financial types who come to our decisions the hard way (usually the long scenic route), we often react to information being presented to us by others in a dismissive, “oh, I knew that” manner. I suppose there was a time in my life when I actually thoug...

Dec 13, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Words are important

Human Interactions

Words are important Cover Image

The words we use when referring to others are important in that they affect our thinking and ability to problem solve. I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but I usually refer to “members of the search community” or to “search professionals.” I sometimes refer to them as “recruiters.” ...

Dec 10, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Pitfalls and their avoidance

Being Out of Work

Pitfalls and their avoidance Cover Image

The world of job search can be an uncharted place. I can’t think of any activity that is so specific to one’s background, while at the same time one that we generally don’t practice a whole lot until the crisis is upon us. Over most of our careers for us stable financial types, practicing ...

Dec 09, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

When the newsletter thins

Job Leads & Job Boards Recruiters

When the newsletter thins Cover Image

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 Matthew 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 requ...

Dec 07, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Are you skipping ahead to the leads?

Evolving Job Market

Are you skipping ahead to the leads? Cover Image

I sometimes wish I didn’t publish job leads at all. I know this is shocking for someone who is sending out a newsletter full of job leads, but it is the truth. Our newsletter contains a wealth of information as do our membership directories. For those of you determined to never learn anyth...

Dec 06, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

What happened?


What happened? Cover Image

One of the most difficult questions one is almost required to answer is why we left our last job. Being a little bit of a wise guy, my inclination is to say “They stopped paying me.” Or, in the alternate, “When they changed the locks on my office and had security escort me out to the stree...

Dec 03, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Money is important

Being Out of Work

Money is important Cover Image

When it comes to deciding if someone is a fit for a particular position, industry experience and candidates current locations are often the first criteria that employers consider when weeding out applicants. After these first two issues appear to be satisfactory, the next point of focus is...

Dec 02, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Mastering technology

Standing Out From the Crowd

Mastering technology Cover Image

This is probably just a lucky guess on my part, but I have the very real sense that the high technology tools we have to conduct a job search are here to stay. (To quote Larry King, “High technology, what will they think of next?”) Friends, Al Gore invented the Internet a long time ago. An...

Dec 01, 2020

By Matthew 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 ...

Nov 30, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

What makes The FENG unusual?

Human Interactions

What makes The FENG unusual? Cover Image

Several years ago I spent an evening out with an old friend of mine who previously had been in the search business. He is a very special friend. We first met in 1977 when I was Business Manager for CBS College Publishing and we have been close friends ever since. Since he lived nearby, our...

Nov 29, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Email cover notes


Email cover notes Cover Image

Based on the email cover notes I see, I’m not sure we have all made the transition from messages sent in envelopes to those sent by email. Personally, I have always found electronic files to be maddening, especially very highly developed Excel spreadsheets. Adopting naming conventions so t...

Nov 22, 2020

By Matthew 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 19, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Staying close to home


Staying close to home Cover Image

With the holiday season coming up fast, it is perhaps the time to repeat the simple advice that now is the time to be making phone calls and trying to schedule Zoom meetings. One of the great misunderstandings about networking is that things slow down during the holidays. Nothing could be ...

Nov 18, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Hard won personal relationships


Hard won personal relationships Cover Image

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 Matthew Bud, The FENG

Networking, networking and more networking


Networking, networking and more networking Cover Image

For those of you who are new to networking and for those of you who think you know everything about networking, I thought I would take tonight’s editorial space to distinguish for you the 3 kinds of networking. The first kind of networking is identifying new networking contacts. The recomm...

Nov 12, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

A lifetime commitment


A lifetime commitment Cover Image

It is in some ways a shame that the idea of networking has gotten itself so tightly connected to job search. One of the reasons that I call members who have found new jobs is to remind them to continue networking. Sad to say that many people allow themselves to get so absorbed in their new...

Nov 11, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Never let a volunteer get away

Evolving Job Market

Never let a volunteer get away Cover Image

At the beginning of time itself in 1995, there was only a Westport Chapter of The FENG. In fact, the name of entire organization was The Financial Executives Networking Group of Fairfield County Connecticut. Over the past 25 years we have grown into an International organization with 37,00...

Nov 10, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

What is a “Tip Talk?”

Evolving Job Market

What is a “Tip Talk?” Cover Image

I’m sure I don’t need to go into the details, but it goes without saying that the past 9 months of unending stress have been hard on all of us. I don’t know what happened to it, but when I worked for “the great corporation,” I had a bulletin board in my office with one section covered in c...

Nov 09, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG