BLUF: The company I work for is being acquired by another company (large enough companies to make the WSJ front page regularly). I’m trying to decide how “actively” I pursue other job opportunities.
Background: I’m in Information Technology. Rumors and speculation happen every day, but no one really knows what’s going to happen. We get a very nice salary continuance if we stay on until (and if) we’re told to go. I’ve had good performance, recognition and promotions over my several years. The only loyalty I feel at my present job is about doing the best job I can, living up to my commitments, and supporting my colleagues.
My resume is up-to-date (MT format!). I have relationships with a few recruiters. My network is not bad and improving…and everyone at my company has been working on building their networks since the acquisition announcement!
I understand no one can make a decision for me; I’m looking for input in what to take into consideration. I’d like to apply for posted positions and even start leveraging my network, but I believe that once I start, the “word” will get out that I want to leave.
Am I just being a ninny, a worrywart, and a High-C (Aim…Aim…Aim…)? What else should I consider when choosing to be more active in pursuing other job “options”?