How to proceed?

I emailed a college alumni on job opportunities in banking (on Monday afternoon).

He quickly wrote back, told me that I have a strong resume, and encouraged me to join his firm. He told me that he will brainstorm opportunities with his colleague. (on Monday afternoon)

I quickly wrote back telling him the specifics on why I like one particular area of his practice. (on Monday evening)

Did not hear from him. Waited another 24 hours and sent him a specific email about the 4 positions he had recommended and the application process. My personality and questions on which positions to pursue. Upon internet research, I realize that the due date has passed for those 4 positions. (Maybe that is why he had to brainstorm with a colleague) (on Tuesday evening)

At this point, what should I do with this connection? My instinct is to leave it be. If something comes up, he will let me know. I have fully expressed interest. Any experience with this? I have never been in this situation.

This firm is one of the top banking companies with rigid hiring dates.

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Dec 19, 2012 - 1:12pm
yeahright, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Patience. I think you over emailed him already. I would of said call but it seems like you have already sent three without a response so now I would wait and see if it works. Give it a week and then CALL him.

Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."
Dec 19, 2012 - 1:38pm
qwer1234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thank you for this response.

Let me explain:
My Monday evening email did not talk about the positions he had mentioned. It was a general email.
My Tuesday evening email talked about the specific positions. Believe me. I did not want to send that email but I had to to let him know that I am seriously considering his firm. Those positions are specific to his firm. Other competing agencies do not have those positions. Hope this clarifies the confusion.

Another question:
Since this is an alumni contact (and he told me to join his firm; I was looking at other firms during the initial email), if he does not want to help, he would kindly refuse me (eg. sorry, you passed the deadline). Right?

Is it fair to interpret this silence to mean that he is trying to come up with ideas (ie.brainstorm opportunities with colleague, passing my resume around)?

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Dec 19, 2012 - 1:48pm
yeahright, what's your opinion? Comment below:

qwer1234:
Thank you for this response.

Let me explain:
My Monday evening email did not talk about the positions he had mentioned. It was a general email.
My Tuesday evening email talked about the specific positions. Believe me. I did not want to send that email but I had to to let him know that I am seriously considering his firm. Those positions are specific to his firm. Other competing agencies do not have those positions. Hope this clarifies the confusion.

Another question:
Since this is an alumni contact (and he told me to join his firm; I was looking at other firms during the initial email), if he does not want to help, he would kindly refuse me (eg. sorry, you passed the deadline). Right?

Is it fair to interpret this silence to mean that he is trying to come up with ideas (ie.brainstorm opportunities with colleague, passing my resume around)?

That does help clarify. Only two emails is not a big deal. I would give him time though. I have had people get me interviews within a day and within a month of me last speaking with them.

Also, I have only had one person refuse to help me flat out, told me to apply online for jobs instead. Others have just ceased communication so there is no way to know if those are his intentions but I doubt that he is refusing you.

Give him a week and then I would call him and leave a voicemail if need be, but if he said he is looking into it, trust him for now.

Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."
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Dec 19, 2012 - 1:44pm
shark-monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Rigid hiring dates are never concrete, if they want you in and this guy is in a position to make exceptions/lean on people then you will be fine. Just relax a bit, call him like next Thursday. He already likes your resume and thinks you can do well at his firm. He probably is waiting to hear on a few things that he is having his colleagues look into, like what groups he can put you in. So things might take time. Check back next week and see if he can shed any light on your situation and how things are looking. Be open to being placed "anywhere" in his firm because you think it is that awesome but would really like to be in X group/position because of x,y, and z reasons.

Fear is the greatest motivator. Motivation is what it takes to find profit.
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Dec 19, 2012 - 5:14pm
teddythebear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You overemailed him, just relax, he clearly is interested in you, but dont annoy him.

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Dec 20, 2012 - 10:42pm
qwer1234, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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