Great expectations

Human Interactions

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For those of you who are familiar with Kermit the Frog, you know it isn’t easy being green. In much the same way, individuals who know about our little society called The FENG have come to expect great things from us. If I start from the outside and work my way in, members of the search co...

Oct 07, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Keeping your chin up

Being Out of Work

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There are lots of good reasons to keep you chin up. Of course, the most important reason is that it is easier to hit! Okay, I am just kidding with you. But seriously, some members have been active in their search for so long, that I fear many of them are beginning to believe things that ha...

Oct 06, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Phone interviews


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Probably one of the most difficult interviews to pull off well is a telephone interview. (I much prefer Zoom!) Let’s start off with the idea that the lack of face to face contact prevents you from seeing if the words and ideas you are presenting are playing well. A live audience, or a Zoom...

Oct 05, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Does anyone have job leads to share?

Evolving Job Market

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There was a time in the not too distant past when our evening newsletter on Sunday evening ran to over 120 pages. The newsletters during the week were typically 50-75 pages. Lately our newsletter is typically 25 pages or less. Back in the “good old days,” we only had 15,000-20,000 members....

Oct 04, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Dear FENG Member or Current Occupant


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In keeping with the spirit of networking that makes The FENG a remarkable organization, it is appropriate that we share our contact information. And, when other members reach out to you, it is EXPECTED that you will take the time to respond. (Yes, I know you are busy, but so am I and I nee...

Oct 01, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Making small talk Cover Image

I have never considered myself a social butterfly, but I guess for many of us financial types it is difficult to start a conversation with someone we don’t know. If you give a little thought to conversations you have had over your life with people not known to you, you will fondly remember...

Sep 29, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

It’s always about people

Being Out of Work Human Interactions

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One of the most vexing problems potentially facing those who are active in their search is the decision to accept a job offer you don’t really think is right for you. The agonizing issue of turning down a job offer is only matched by the difficulty of getting one in the first place. Those ...

Sep 28, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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If losing your job wasn’t bad enough, the reluctance of business associates at your former company, as well as those who serviced your company as attorneys, accountants or recruiters to return your phone calls can be particularly disheartening. Actually, if you gave it some thought, you wo...

Sep 27, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The small town syndrome

Evolving Job Market

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I am always chatting with potential sponsors for The FENG and from time to time the character of each of our chapters comes up. They are, of course, all different. Here in the Northeast I suppose there almost aren’t any boundaries. Pre-COVID-19 we used to get visitors to our Westport chapt...

Sep 24, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Docking your boat Cover Image

Let’s start with the fact that she weighs about 22,000+ lbs., and instead of being on dry land with wheels in firm contact with asphalt, it is more like driving a car on glare ice, only harder. I have been heard to say that there are only two difficult times when you are sailing – leaving ...

Sep 22, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Giving and taking advice

Human Interactions

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It is well understood that men don’t like unsolicited advice. It is for this reason we tend not to ask for directions at the gas station. It is a macho thing driving around for hours, lost beyond hope, and yet not stopping for help. (Thank goodness for GPS!) One of our many fine traditions...

Sep 21, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The proper placement of obstacles

Being Out of Work

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As we used to go around the table at our meeting here in Connecticut (pre-Covid-19), I was always surprised by the time devoted in 90 second announcements to where folks wouldn’t move and what kinds of jobs they wouldn’t take. I have always been of the philosophy that I will go anywhere to...

Sep 17, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Doing the “friend thing”

Human Interactions

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Over the past few months I have gotten several notes from members commenting on how they responded to a posting in our newsletter even though they hadn’t seen it. How did this miracle occur you might ask? One of their fellow members took the time to send it to them to ensure that they saw ...

Sep 16, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Have you seen my glasses?


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I don’t know about you, but I am always misplacing things. I work pretty hard at keeping my papers organized, but like anything else, papers can get lost. When they do, it makes me absolutely crazy. Even when I have another copy on my computer, I am obsessed to find the copy that is on my ...

Sep 14, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Silver bullets and the tooth fairy


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From time to time I get inquiries about the services of career consulting firms. (Please understand I am not talking about recognized and well respected outplacement firms such as Right Management and Lee Hecht Harrison, nor am I talking about a few individual Career Coaches who are known ...

Sep 13, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Bestowing the gift of friendship


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As all of you are out and about networking, I hope you are aware that one of your most important member responsibilities is to invite your new and old friends who are Senior Financial Officers to join The FENG. While it is certainly true that The FENG dominates our space. And, it may even ...

Sep 09, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Reasons for inaction

Being Out of Work

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Labor Day has now passed and, unofficially the summer is basically over. There are, unfortunately, all kinds of events and holidays during the calendar year that can cause us to delay addressing our job search, and I thought I would use the “idea” of these dates as a prime example of the i...

Sep 08, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

A clear piece of communication

Resume Writing

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It isn’t often that I get a great resume, but I got one recently. I guess I wasn’t surprised given who sent it to me. Although it was three pages, it was still crisp and concise. Perhaps it could have been shaved down to two pages, but it really didn’t bother me that it was a little longer...

Sep 03, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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I don’t know what you consider to be junk mail. I view anything I don’t want to get in the mail (including bills) to be unwanted. (Can’t they send my bills to YOU for payment? Okay, you probably wouldn’t pay them and then my credit would be ruined. I guess I’ll have to come up with another...

Sep 02, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Reading the tea leaves

Job Leads & Job Boards

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I don’t know about you, but I find it hard not to have my eyes glass over while reading job descriptions. It seems to me that they often put the most important information last, buried somewhere or disguised. I am, of course, referring to the EXACT city location of the job in question. Hey...

Sep 01, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Retained versus contingency


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There is a great deal of fuss made out in “the world” about the difference between retained and contingency recruiters. If you want a full discussion about their differences and differing motivations, a very good source is “Rites of Passage” by John Lucht. All recruiters handle jobs in whi...

Aug 31, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG