What does "we will not be looking to fill this position until a later date mean"?
It means that you should pursue this opportunity eagerly - assuming you want the job - by following up multiple times each week. Don't be annoying, add value.That's important because you should not make it about yourself. Don't send notes like "can I have a job yet", send notes like "here's a great article about another company who was experiencing a similar issue to yours and I thought you'd find it interesting". If it's cold outside, send a quick note saying "I hope you're staying warm! Can't wait to talk again about XYZ Company."Stuff like that will very much keep you in the top of their minds.Also, some of your notes could also propose some alternate solutions, like "hey, would you like to talk about some part-time consulting work? I'd be happy to help you get some of that special project work off your plate." Even if they say no, they'll appreciate your willingness to be helpful and flexible. Show that you are thinking about the work and the job. Please, for heaven's sakes, don't get yourself wrapped up in the idea that you're "not going to work for free" by giving them your best ideas. Let your best work shine forward as a gesture of good faith. If you really want the job, create a dynamite proposal of how you'd handle the position. Deliver it in pieces - mail one page at a time, one per day - that will get attention. Make it fun and playful without being weird. If you're not sure how to avoid being weird, make sure to have a smart friend look over whatever you're doing before you send it. Make sure you're working to get in touch with multiple people at the company - don't just send all your correspondence to HR. Make sure you contact hiring managers and potential colleagues. Ask them if you can take them out for coffee or a drink and pick their brains. Ask them what you can do to help them. Send them some cookies or flowers or another nice treat. Of course you run the risk of it backfiring... but what will likely happen if you don't stay in touch is that you will fade from their memory. There are tons of valid reasons why hiring for a position cld be postponed. There's also a real chance they aren't interested in you and this is a brush off. If this is the case, with some serious follow up they'll often tell you "hey look we're not going to hire you". Make sure you respond with grace and cheer - "thanks for letting me know! sorry it didn't work out this time, and I'd love to talk about other opportunities you've got down the road."Just make sure you're never creepy or acting like a stalker. Never lose your cool and write weird messages like "why haven't I heard from you???" because those will be the death of your opportunity at the company. You shld also very much not depend upon this job coming to fruition. You shld very definitely be chasing other opportunities. Best case, multiple employers will compete to hire you. Just remember, all jobs are built upon relationships. You're looking to develop solid, healthy and fun relationships with great people who work in your industry. Those relationships *will* pay off at some later date - just don't worry about how they'll pay off. Worry about having quality relationships and being the best possible employee you can be. That will happen because of the actions you take - not because of your inaction. Don't wait.