I've got my first annual review coming up at my current company. It's a startup, and their processes are very informal. It was announced a while ago that the company office is going to be moving to a location that's going to make my commute much more difficult, so mainly for that reason, I'm planning to start looking for another job, which I plan to do in earnest in a couple of months after I complete a major project.
I'm wondering how to approach my annual review in light of this. I am planning on doing the usual work of inventorying past accomplishments and thinking about goals for the future. But I'm unsure about what to ask for. I don't want to telegraph that I'm thinking of looking for fear of that sabotaging my future at this company for however long I end up staying, though the fact that I'll be looking probably wouldn't surprise my boss, given the circumstances. I generally have good rapport with my boss and receive mostly positive feedback from him, and I have made clear improvements based on the constructive feedback I have gotten.
Ideally, I'd like something to help me for the job search, and the thing that comes to mind for that is a title promotion (which tends to happen at other folks' annual reviews). I'm less interested in any significant raise aside from cost of living adjustment. I also have some insight into my department's budget, and I know that we would like to hire for another role that is badly needed, but we don't currently have room for that in the budget since we made a few key hires this year.
If I ask for a title promotion but not a significant raise, is that going to be showing my hand? Or how else should I approach what I'm asking for in this annual review?