A few observations Cover Image

I hope you all don’t mind, but I am going to ramble a bit tonight about some very important job search issues. The most important issue I am going to cover is outgoing signatures. If you don’t know what one is, you are already in a lot of trouble. I am considering hitting the delete key...

Feb 14, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Homogeneous groups and pitfalls


Homogeneous groups and pitfalls Cover Image

Is there a possible pitfall in sticking with a homogeneous group of unemployed people? First of all, I would never suggest to anyone that they should solely and exclusively network within The FENG. What I have suggested and do strongly suggest is that you START with our networking group...

Feb 11, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

I never met a job I didn't like

Being Out of Work Interviewing

I never met a job I didn't like Cover Image

Will Rogers is remembered as saying: “I never met a man I didn’t like.” I only wish everyone reviewing job possibilities would keep in mind the job search equivalent as stated above. Most jobs, upon initial examination, are bound to have more than a few flaws. Let’s face it, if it was a...

Feb 10, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Dropping in a little artillery

Correspondence Networking

Dropping in a little artillery Cover Image

The truth is that even friends sometimes don’t get back to you when you call. Ever wonder why? So, if friends have trouble returning calls, is it possible that strangers might be even more reluctant to return phone calls? I guess the real question is not why folks don’t return phone ...

Feb 09, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Interrogate or dummy up? Cover Image

Speaking with strangers is never fun. And, if these strangers are deciding whether or not to hire you, it can be a little stressful, especially if you want the job. There are so many ways to offend and so few ways to ingratiate yourself without appearing overly solicitous. In the cla...

Feb 08, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

At a glance Cover Image

At a glance There is a rumor out in the world that the attention span of your “average American” is getting shorter. Sad to say, but most likely very true. We see it all around us. So many things are screaming for our attention on a given day. Before the advent of computers, it was q...

Feb 07, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

A gap or a cover-up?

Resume Writing

A gap or a cover-up? Cover Image

Time goes by fast when you’re having fun, doesn’t it? And what greater fun is there than conducting a job search? Okay, it may not be as much fun as it appears to be to those looking in from the outside. But still, you can’t beat those Zoom calls and regular phone calls with old friends...

Feb 04, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Selling life jackets to those drowning

Being Out of Work Job Leads & Job Boards

Selling life jackets to those drowning Cover Image

Since a significant percentage of our members are in the job market, I thought I would make you aware that almost all of the job search related websites are in the business of selling life jackets to people who are drowning. And, the life jackets they sell don’t actually work. An altern...

Feb 03, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Geese and golden eggs Cover Image

I am sure that I don’t need to repeat the fable of the goose that laid golden eggs, so I will move right into the analogy. The goose is The FENG (also a living organism) and the golden eggs are the ability to network with other members. (If networking isn’t true gold, I don’t know what ...

Feb 02, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

I'm a complicated guy Cover Image

I always try to tell people who ask that I am just a simple financial guy. But I guess the truth is that all of us financial types are complicated in one way or another. Unlike lawyers and doctors who (thanks to Hollywood) everyone THINKS they know what they do every day, our profession...

Feb 01, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Removing mental obstacles

Being Out of Work

Removing mental obstacles Cover Image

A very long time ago, I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of our Hartford/Springfield chapter. I was one of two guest speakers. The other speaker was a gentleman from Robert Half who spoke about the local market. What was of particular interest to me was his perception of people ...

Jan 31, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Making networking benefit YOU


Making networking benefit YOU Cover Image

I am always trying to explain networking to users. Tonight I am going to try to explain networking to givers. The common misperception is that networking is a give and take. You give to others and they take. Nothing could be further from the truth. Networking as I suggest it be pra...

Jan 28, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Sharing with the family Cover Image

Job search can be a lonely business. There you are, in your home office from the moment you get up in the morning until just before you go to bed. Emails are going out. Letters are being sent. Appointments are being made. (And, the only time you leave the house is for this purpose.) The...

Jan 27, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

E I E I O Cover Image

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

Attention to detail Cover Image

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

Save the Nauga Cover Image

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

They aren’t making any more of it Cover Image

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

Selling from a full wagon Cover Image

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

Getting back at it Cover Image

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


Geese and golden eggs Cover Image

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

Knowing what’s important Cover Image

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