I work at a large publishing house that is part of a group of companies all over the world. For career advancement reasons I consider moving to the UK while working and studying there part-time. I am currently based in Germany.
I recently got the name of the person in charge of recruitment in the UK from a colleague. This person is based in-house (not in a recruitment agency) and I've never met them in person.
I'm not sure what the best way to approach this is. Basically I see two options:
- Be frank with my boss and tell him that I want to move first. Then approach HR. This has the downside of giving me trouble should the plans with the UK office fall through and generally making things rather awkward.
- Approach the in-house recruiter directly, asking for confidentiality. This has the downside of becoming a problem should this leak to my boss, which is not unlikely as the recruiter probably will have to talk to HR about my plans. Also I don't really know how to reach them, as they're not even in the company address book. I only ever found them on LinkedIn.
What would be the most promising approach?