I've worked for this company for 5 years. For the first 3.5 years I was recruited for, and worked with, a team doing "Technology X" which is well established at the company and in the industry.
For the last 1.5 years I've moved/been moved to working with "Technology Y". The move was driven by the company wanting to explore the uses of Y as an internal 'research and development' project which then became a full time endeavour and appears promising for the future of the company, although this is all "under wraps" at the moment. I had some experience with Y already through personal side-projects although Y was new to this particular company.
Now for various reasons (not really important why) I'm ready to move on. I want to pursue Y as a career direction as I have a real passion and aptitude for it and it's "the future" in a lot of companies and has many opportunities.
The problem is...
- No one external to the company knows we are doing Y, and it would be game-changing for our competitors (for example) to find out that we are working on using Y.
- Companies seeking a 'Y developer' are obviously looking for someone with experience doing Y, but if I can't talk about my work at the current company I can only use my personal side projects experience which is valuable but probably not enough to get a job on the basis of it.
I haven't signed a specific NDA about Y, but there is a general contract term about keeping information confidential and conflict of interest and so on.
There are a couple of similar questions (such as this one) on here I came across but they aren't a duplicate, as the ones I could find would be answered by (something like) "talk in general about your use of Y without going into specific details of the company's projects" which wouldn't work here.
As an analogy let's say Technology X is about "two factor authentication for bank accounts using passwords, SMS, automated phone calls etc" and Technology Y is about "an AI image recognition system that will use the phone camera to scan the iris of the user to authenticate them to their account". Another example... Amazon's "deliveries by drone" before this was public knowledge, if I wanted to move on to drone-based technology at an unrelated company who are already using drones for their business purposes.
In short - if a CV with "My company" and "Technology Y" appeared to recruiters, job boards etc it would be easy for the 'competition'/industry to pick up on what we are doing which we definitely can't have.
I'm asking... "whether there's a way", and if so "how to go about it", of achieving my goal of moving to a company that is doing Y already and being recruited as a Y developer, presumably without talking about my experience with Y in my current company or letting the "cat out of the bag" in any way. (Eta: in the CV/resume itself, and then in the subsequent interviews etc)
I've considered waiting until Y is officially launched so isn't "secret" any more, but I don't have any way to know when that might be - could be 6 months from now, a year or 2 years or even more!