EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

One of the most over rated things in this world is a fair fight.

I suppose the belief in a fair fight is to a very large degree all part of the American Western heritage of the gunfighter. Two men armed with six-shooters (the great equalizer) standing 20 paces apart face each other in the street. Is it fair to draw first, and if it is, under what conditions? What if you aren’t as fast as the other guy or as good a shot? What exactly are the rules?

Is the use of secret weapons in war unfair? And, does this mean we can’t use hidden advantages?

I don’t know about you, but I am generally inclined to bring a gun to a knife fight. Hey, I sit at a desk all day and I NEED all the advantages I can find if it comes down to physical combat. I’m not as young as I used to be. (But then, who is?)

In case all of you are wondering where this is going, I will tell you.

All of you have a secret weapon in your job search, and I find that far too many of you aren’t taking advantage of it. It is as if using it is somehow unfair.

Well, tough to the rest of the world. If you are PARTICIPATING in The FENG by calling at least 1 new member a week and welcoming them to our august body; if you are sharing your job leads; if you are taking phone calls from other members; if you have volunteered for the resume review committee; if you have helped find a speaker for a chapter meeting; or if you have helped your fellow members in any way shape or form, then you are entitled to use the ULTIMATE unfair weapon in all of job search:


For those of you who HAVE used our Member Directory Search feature, I know what you are thinking. How could anyone be so silly as to NOT call other members? And, if you use our Member Directory Search feature, you can easily find old friends or individuals who have worked at firms on your target company list. It is all so easy. (Perhaps too easy!)

Now I know your deeply ingrained sense of fair play will be offended if I suggest you beat the living daylights out of all of the “outsiders” in this world by using this power tool, but I hope that all of you will put aside any misgivings and have at it.

If you believe in networking as much as I do as THE way you will find the hidden jobs that no one even knows they want to fill until you come along, then you will humor me and enjoy the BIGGEST AND BEST benefit of being a member of our circle of friends and use The FENG Member Directory Search feature until its electronic corners are tattered and torn. (The direct link is: http://www.thefeng.org/membersonly/memberSearch.php)

Whoever said life had to be fair?

Regards, Matt

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