EDITORIALS

Let’s keep it a secret

Resume Writing

Let’s keep it a secret Cover Image

Any more than someone would write “Please Broadcast Widely” at the top of their resume, putting “Confidential” is just as silly in many ways. I’m sure that this is written up somewhere as the appropriate thing to do, so I am not faulting anyone who does it, but it really is unnecessary....


Jan 14, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Putting your best foot forward

Resume Writing Standing Out From the Crowd

Putting your best foot forward Cover Image

The development of a resume can be a long and involved process. There are so many ideas that others have to share with you, and each person with whom you speak has their own perspective about what is right and what is wrong. Your resume is also in part an historical document charged wit...


Jan 13, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Hanging on to unpleasantness

Being Out of Work Human Interactions

Hanging on to unpleasantness Cover Image

I don’t know if you remember “Rain Man” with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, but there was one scene where Tom Cruise either hit or yelled at Dustin Hoffman and Dustin proceeded to write it down in a notebook he carried. He was very meticulous in noting the “offense” and the date and time. ...


Jan 12, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Unbelievable! Cover Image

When asked how your job search is going or your job, the best answer is “unbelievable.” Unbelievable can of course mean in reality good or bad. If things are really really bad, they are certainly unbelievable. And if you are pinching yourself to make sure you are awake, they could also be ...


Jan 10, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Why we share job leads

Job Leads & Job Boards

Why we share job leads Cover Image

One of the core values of being a member of The FENG is that we share job leads. There are a lot of reasons why we do this, and it isn’t just because it is a nice thing to do. It is actually a very smart thing to do. The only problem is that it is apparently a counter-intuitive idea. So, f...


Jan 07, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Today’s events in Washington, DC

Editorials

Today’s events in Washington, DC Cover Image

For those of you who don’t know my entire background, please know I served in the United States Army for two years, 1969 and 1970. I can’t say it was a happy time, but I was fortunate to perform my entire service at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. For those of you who have attended my meeting...


Jan 06, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Information please

Job Leads & Job Boards

Information please Cover Image

I am more often than not surprised by the amount of time it can take for a company to develop a position description and yet at the end of the day not really be able to capture the essential elements for a particular opportunity. I suppose in part this is because senior level position desc...


Jan 05, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Unsolicited advice Cover Image

It is a sad fact that most men don’t appreciate getting unsolicited advice. That said, there are even those among us who reject advice they have asked for out of hand and in a dismissive way. The giving and receiving of advice is always a delicate balance. Even though probably 75% of my ma...


Jan 04, 2021

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The personal, impersonal Cover Image

One of the very nicest parts of the holiday season is getting greeting cards, both email and physical, from the many people that I know. The good ones are filled with newsy information about what the sender has been doing for the past 12 months and perhaps what their plans are for the year...


Dec 28, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

The CB Radio craze Cover Image

I don’t know if all of you are old enough to remember the CB Radio craze, but it was a fun period in America. I assume no one still uses this technology, but for most of us it is a fond memory. I remember how all of us used to talk about our “handles,” and putting the antenna on the top of...


Dec 22, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Putting it behind you-NOT

Being Out of Work Networking

Putting it behind you-NOT Cover Image

Since much of what we do in The FENG is about job search, I thought it might be appropriate to make a few suggestions to everyone about what to do when you do actually find a new job. I’ll be blunt. Job search is primarily filled with uncertainty, highs and lows and activities like making ...


Dec 21, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Networking by brute force

Networking

Networking by brute force Cover Image

From time to time, someone tells me that networking as an approach is falling into disfavor. (If it does, we will have to change the name of our networking group, and I am at a loss as to how to come up with another name!) When people talk about networking in this way, the networking that ...


Dec 20, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

Who is that masked man?

90-Second Announcements

Who is that masked man? Cover Image

I have at this point in my chairmanship of The FENG listened to a fairly significant number of 90-second announcements. I try to listen patiently and assess how best to help and make suggestions for improvements in the delivery of this vital communication. The time frame presents a formida...


Dec 17, 2020

By Matthew Bud, The FENG

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