You’ve already begun to implement your PMP when you connected with your intended references back in Step 4. Your first efforts are rightly aimed at creating visibility for your candidacy, without causing premature rejection. You may also be using this first wave to settle on your positioning and targeting (Step 2, leading to Step 3)… If you are truly committed to finding your next ideal employment, you’ve already dug a little deeper into assessment (Step 1) of your personality, experience, knowledge, and skill sets.
Your First Wave, then, is beginning to ‘get the word out,’ reconnecting with established contacts, and beginning to develop new contacts… both without prematurely creating rejection. Waypoint #3 reminds you to “Always have a next contact to make… for the rest of your career.” This is both an effective career strategy and an efficient job search tactic!
The by-product of a dynamic first wave is the identification of actual job leads… you may even be invited to forward your resume to influential people… and you’ll certainly begin to secure referrals to develop your personal contact network…
Networking is a contact sport
The real value in your first wave is gaining confidence in your job search manner, more comfort in telephone work… KNOWING that, YES You CAN take the chill out of cold calls down the line!
Your first wave of activity will actually create the impatence for turning the opportunities you identify into INTERVIEWS. Further, having successfully developed visibility in the marketplace, you will now fold in your Internet-based search for open opportunities to supplement yourembrace of the OTHER Job Market!
You’ve broken the mysterious “code” of the traditional marketplace… You’ve taught yourself the value of efficient networking. It IS a skill that can me practiced and mastered. In your third wave, you’ll be combining your best practices, discovered in the first two waves. You can become your own best coach!