I am interested in another specific position at my company. It is very likely that I won't get it, but at the very least I want to try. My dilemma is when and how to tell my boss that I'm interested in another position.
Here are the details:
1) Working in a very large corporation.
2) Been at my role for 2.5 years. Secretly interested in changing a job function. Haven't really talked to my boss about it.
3) I have eyed a certain job function that exists in my company and which I would like to take. It's a totally different department/location which we have no meaningful ties with.
4) I found out the name of the manager whose team I would potentially want to join. I am not at all sure if they have any available opening, but I won't know unless I inquire.
5) I want to contact that other manager and ask him whether a position is available (I believe I have the skills). The odds of having a position are low. Here's my dilemma - if I first involve my boss with this interest of mine and no position is available then I've just lost points with my boss for nothing. If I contact that other boss directly, without involving my manager, I have no guarantee they won't contact my manager themselves (who knows) and if I'm ever called for an interview then I must anyway involve my manager.
At which point during this inquiry process would you recommend me to involve my manager? Is it OK to inquire about the existence of an opening without involving my manager?
April 10th update: thank you folks. For some reason I can't find the way to respond to my own thread.. ("you can't post comments"). At any rate, I really appreciate all of your useful comments and will involve my manager prior to the internal search. take care!!