I am now exploring opportunities and looking for the best way to follow up with a VP (#3 at company) who took me to dinner 2 weeks ago, and who I've known for 2 years,
Two years ago (Apr 2011) I posted about interviewing with this VP. After the 2nd interview, my wife told me she was pregnant and folks here suggested I pull out before an offer was made. The recruiter called me for months afterward ssying they could not find anyone, but I was hesitant to leave my big company with good benefits, and because my project was going well. Here was that post:
In Jan 2012 I was contacted by a different recruiter representing a different company about a job. My resume never made it to the hiring manager, but it turns out the hiring manager was the above VP's daughter.
I still kept in touch with this VP and in May 2012 he and I went out dinner. We met up at a conference in June 2012 several times and also had dinner. While he did confirm about his daughter, we didn't really talk about jobs. I E-mailed him a few times last fall but didn't hear back.
Of recent at my company, my project is not going forward, and I have decided it is time to leave. I sent him an E-mail about 4 weeks ago telling him I was thinking of leaving. He wrote that we needed to get together for dinner. We met 2.5 weeks ago. When I arrived at his company, he invited me inside and told me he was going to talk to #2 about bringing me in because next year they want to develop products around my area of specialization. He gave me a tour of their new facilities. We had dinner and talked about lots of things. How he started a business a long time ago, his technical struggles with trying to copy the product at my company that I support (I didn't say anything). I mentioned that it sounds like he has a lot of staff now and questioned if they had opportunities. He said opportunities could always be created because he wants to take the company from 400 million to 1 billion by the end of 2015. When we ended close to 10 PM he said he'd check if there were opportunities.
A few days later, I sent him information he requested, and a week later, sent him info on an event he had asked me about that was just scheduled. I have not heard anything since. I do know these folks are extremely busy and travel to India a lot. When I interviewed 2 years ago, I remember that #2 wanted to call me and the only time he was available were on Sunday nights. I think not hearing anything is making me wonder if I "said the wrong thing," but I have known him for so long, or regret I didn't go over to them 2 years ago, but the timing just wasn't right.
Any suggestions on what/if I should do anything would be appreciated. This Thursday I leave for vacation and won't be back until Jun 7, so I guess I could forget everything during then.
Meanwhile, I am continuing to tap my network: I talk to about two recruiters or contacts a week about jobs. People think I have a great resume, and have no doubt I'll find something good, but it is still discouraging that often the employers want the exact experience which I may not have. The main reason I am looking is there is no advancement in my job, and no recognition for results delivered. Many people have left since 2011, and I stuck it out because I had faith in my project, but now it is not going forward. I'm on my 7th boss in 7 years too.