Let me begin by first telling you how much I enjoy the MT podcast; I find it to be an enormously helpful resource in challenging my thinking about career and management issues.
My question is about how open I should be with management about my looking outside the company for new employment opportunities. I work at a large high tech firm as a marketing manager, and believe a good career roadmap is available to me within the company, but mainly at headquarters or the city where I currently live and work. Neither of these locations are desirable for me long-term, so I've been looking at opportunities in another region where I lived and worked prior to taking on my current role.
There are some opportunites there within the company, but not as many as in the main offices.
I have kept my job search to myself, but am not sure if I should be more candid about my desire to relocate, given that a desired relocation would communicate a certain likelihood of my leaving the company. Should I wait until I get an offer to bring this up, or should I be up-front about this desire now and possibly put my current job growth at risk ?
Thanks for any advice on this subject.