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I finished my internship a month ago. During my evaluation, the employer said that he would like to hire me back but has to wait for a new budget in the new year because they just hired someone in another branch. He said it could be in January, February or even as last as March.

I would like to e-mail him, to remind him of interest and to see if I can get any information regarding a position.

Can someone help me with how I should go about asking with out sounding too desperate.

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    Don't wait for this company to respond, keep looking at other places. Otherwise opportunities may close before they respond. Jan 6, 2014 at 21:03
  • They would like to hire you so why would they interpret you're wanting to work there as desperate?
    – user8365
    Jan 7, 2014 at 19:35

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I would like to e-mail him, to remind him of interest and to see if I can get any information regarding a position.

Can someone help me with how I should go about asking with out sounding too desperate.

No need to overthink this.

Just email him with your questions, tell him that you are considering your options, that you enjoyed working with his company, etc.

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OK, to start - different companies have different fiscal planning cycles. What I suspect he's saying is that he really won't know 6 days into the new year. The first Monday after New Year's is generally one were half the office is sick, several important things are broken, and everyone is trying to remember what work was on their plate before the holidays. It's not a day where most managers are ready to think about long term planning or budgets for people they can't hire for several months.

It's good to keep in contact, but you want to watch the frequency of contact. Once a month or so is fine, more will get obnoxious. To skip the New Year recovery period, I'd advise waiting until mid-January to give the office time to get rolling again, and then send a quick, politely worded mail.

Given that the manager has told you that he may not know much until March, if you don't hear back from this, let it go until late Feb/early March before you write again. If you haven't heard by April, give up.

In the meantime, the promise of a potential job offer is not a job offer - keep looking. If the job isn't in the budget yet, there's no guarantees here.

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    +1 for "the promise of a potential job offer is not a job offer" -- in my experience, even the promise of a job offer is not a job offer.
    – jmac
    Jan 7, 2014 at 2:09

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