I recently finished college and I have been searching for work as a software developer. After a few interviews I got in contact with a small startup which happened to be ideal as it is exactly what I want to do and in the area I want to live.
The initial interview which was on the 7th of September went well and the employer said he would get back to me.
After this two weeks passed, during the interview he had asked if I could vouch for another graduate as he was looking for two graduates. So I emailed him two weeks later with the name (the other graduate was in a different continent so it was hard to get in touch) and gave him the name.
He said he would look into it as things were taking longer than expected as there were many surprises for him in the startup and said they had not made a decision about employment yet. I replied promptly and thanked him for his time and told him I understood that starting a business takes time and left it there.
Two weeks ago I received an email from the employer telling me that he had hired another graduate and would like me to make him aware and contact him if I received an offer from elsewhere and asked for more time as he had trouble hiring a senior developer to lead the project.
This is where I am conflicted as financially I can't wait much longer. I would like to ring him as he previously stated in multiple emails to get in contact if I had any queries or questions.
So the question is, Can I ring and ask(in a more polite way) how much longer does he foresee it will take to get development started?
I have looked at multiple sources online and have found many conflicting sites about what to do in similar situations. Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.