I just searched for whether this had been discussed before and I read
Which is sort of the opposite of my question. I relocated to my current city for personal reasons and I'm now relocating back to the first one for equally personal reasons. I've started a search for an appropriate job there, and of course I'm having to supply my current boss's info as a reference. Although I don't expect him to be contacted until I'm at a point where I would tell him anyway, there's always Murphy's Law and human error; therefore I feel like I should tell him I'm looking.
I see both pros and cons in telling him:
- It feels like the professional thing to do to let him know I am not going to be around at some point in the medium term future
- It avoids an awkward situation in case of his being contacted
- I have no external deadline and don't know how long it'll take me to find the job I'm looking for, so he isn't able to action that information too well.
- Potentially interesting and resume-positive work might no longer be assigned to me
What are people's thoughts or experience?