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What, exactly, does "let's keep in touch" mean?

I recently answered an ad for a treasury analyst position at a new company by sending the company president an email with a cover letter and resume attached to it. She responded by saying that she was going to focus on several other candidates who applied for the position but added that she would keep my resume handy as other opportunities may open in the near term. I sent her an email and thanked her and asked if she and I could meet anyway for an exploratory or networking meeting. She agreed. We met for lunch and she explained that the reason she does not want me in the treasury analyst position is that she thinks I would be a great fit for the treasury director position which should open at the end of the year. At the end of lunch she said that we should "keep in touch" and added that she was going to invite me to join her and her husband at a local annual summer music festival which takes place in a month. It has been three weeks since she and I met for lunch. How often should I contact her? Should I send her an email every few weeks to say hello? What would I say? Also, that music festival is in a month. What do I do now? Call her? Send her an email in a few weeks and remind her? (I think she prefers emails to telephone calls.) Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you.

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(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

In my opinion, this sounds like a job scam: 'new company'; already hired someone else but you will be good for a better paid position; there are no meetings at the company's offices but she will be meeting you somewhere else; invitation to a festival etc.
I would rather wait to hear back from a prospective employer, if it is really interested to hire me. Again, make sure is not a job scam or other scary purposes are hidden behind the job ad! Do not provide your SSN, bank accounts info and other personal info, such as family income!
Be cautious it could be a scary job scam! The person you meet may not even be living in your State.
Good luck with your job search!

Anonymous
(Finance and Accounting) |

Hello. I'm the original poster of this message. Thank you so very much for your thoughtful and helpful advice, Mda Eu. Since I thought my original post was already too long, I left some things out. Before meeting with the company president, I thoroughly vetted the company and it is legitimate. In fact, they are getting ready to go public. Again, Mda Eu, thank you for your comments. All job seekers should heed your advice.

Jim Schwartz
Title: Corporate financial advisor
Company: Wabash Financial Strategies
(Corporate financial advisor, Wabash Financial Strategies) |

Although the scenario you describe is often dreamed about by job candidates, it happens infrequently. You created the opportunity because you had done your research, took initiative by going directly to the president and seemingly acquitted yourself well in your correspondence and during the lunch meeting.

Don't be a pest but do follow-up periodically (every 4-6 weeks). It's a direct networking relationship with the decision maker. Rather than referencing the music festival, simply forward/share an article or post you've seen that might be informative or useful to the president - something worthwhile about her industry, the level of IPO activity, applicable new technology or regulations in the treasury world, etc. The content of your message, as long as it is not fluff, is generally less important than the fact that you are reaching out over a period of time. It sets you apart from others.

The treasury director role might not materialize or at least not within the projected timetable. Nevertheless, you may have created a mutually valuable and long-lasting relationship if it is properly nurtured. Good luck.

(Agent, JKS Solutions, Inc.) |

Jim's advice is perfect. Don't be a pest. She has made it a point to contact you regarding a specific event in the future. Wow, you certainly made a great impression, don't ruin it. She will expect you to behave as she behaves, to trust the process. Keep job hunting, don't rely on this, but do accept her invitation if you do indeed get one. I'm jealous. For a leadership position sometimes the social win is the "in"

Robert Ewalt
Title: Exam Development Manager
Company: Institute of Certified Management Accoun..
(Exam Development Manager, Institute of Certified Management Accountants) |

Would you want to go to the music festival even if she did not invite you? Would you want to meet socially with this woman even if she did not have a (potential) job for you? If so, maybe email to say you (and your date/spouse/friend) are looking foward to meeting them at the festival. No business discussion.

Then call or email near the end of the year to inquire about the director and/or analyst position. It is a little strange, at least to me, that she doesn't want to hire you now as analyst, then promote you to director later on.

Anonymous
(CFO) |

I've encountered similar situations in my past job searches. Even when the company someone works for is legitimate, it does not mean they have a legitimate job to offer.

I once had the owner of a reputable, Bay Area, well known, placement firm push to meet me at my own home on the weekend, which was very strange. But, being desperate, I acquiesced.

Big mistake!

I ended up being subjected to an Amway recruiting session at my own, kitchen table with one of those "true believers" who wouldn't take no for an answer. I literally had to get rude and throw him out of my house by threatening to take physical action to remove him after enduring an hour of his ridiculous presentation..

Another time, during the same long period of un/under employment I was going through, I got a call from a nationally known, financial services firm that I had tested and interviewed with in the past to be a rep for. That call quickly changed from a "have a position for you" call into a sales call. From one of the newly recruited financial planners that had been given my resume and personal information from the HR department to use in trying to obtain my business.

And finally, a friend went to work for Wells Fargo Bank in a financial services office pushing mortgages a few years back. He was provided with the same resumes and personal information from job applicants and previous loan applications to the WFB positions to use as leads for making cold calls. WFB!

There is no integrity in job recruitments any more. Don't trust that information you provide and verbal promises made will not be used in some way that has nothing to do with any position you are interested in.

Be careful. Very careful.

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