Last week I was laid off from my first job. Once the shock was over, I started updating and polishing my resume. While I was having a look at my Linkedin contacts I found out that one of my University teachers and a relative on my mother's side are working at a very prestigious bank near home. Considering that my mother talks often with this relative, she mentioned my situation, and he sent my updated CV to the HR office, in order to apply for a junior position. However, I still want to contact my former Uni teacher. The problem is that his position makes me think he may be my colleague or even my boss, and I fear that any kind of contact from my part may put him under a conflict of interests. So far, my options are:
- inform him that I applied for a position at his workplace ("so what?", I think he would say)
- ask him for information regarding the position I applied to
- ask him for information regarding the workplace culture, salary and benefits
- ask him for a reference (if needed)
- ask him to "help" me with my application
- don't send an email at all
Some people told me that 1 and 5 are the best thing I can do, but it doesn't sound ok to me. I don't want to put this contact under a difficult situation, and as this is the first time I face a situation like this I don't know what to do.