I first met Terry McSherry at the December ExecuNet Raleigh meeting at the Café Carolina and Bakery. Other than the quick speed-dating like introductions we shared sitting at the same table, we really didn’t speak that much. This past Monday I met him again at the Colonial Baptist JobSeekers group. And we had an opportunity to talk during the 8:00am open networking session. Terry has compiled a wealth of information about this whole job seeking thing in the Raleigh area.
A long time IBMer, Terry found himself in the same position as so many of us these days, suddenly out of work and wondering what to do first. He shared a PowerPoint presentation with me called “Stepping into the UNKNOWN, What just happened to me?” It’s very brief, only six pages long. But wow, does he do a great job helping people understand what the next steps should be!
He starts at the beginning, sharing his thoughts and feelings when he found himself suddenly unemployed. The topic is one that every listener can empathize with. He then offers practical suggestions on what the next steps should be and where to find networking groups to support you through the process. He engages you along the “Road to Recovery through Dynamic Interaction,” and finally, provides a “Restoring Personal Integrity Worksheet” to help you regain your life’s balance.
Terry did an absolutely wonderful job pulling all of this diverse content together. Now he’s engaging the primary groups (Wake Tech, Job Seeker Groups in the area) for their buy-in. He also understands this is a working document and feedback from those involved is critical. I think Terry’s information is so good; I want to help him increase his audience through the power of networking.
I like networking because I like to help people. I believe if we have the wherewithal to do something good for another human being, and we don’t do it, then we’re selfish and wrong. If you know of any support groups, outplacement services, employment agencies, school groups or career counseling services that could benefit from having Terry speak, give him a shout. Let’s use the power of networking to encourage his efforts. Link to him on Linkedin. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.