I've been working on the same contract for the past two years. The client is starting to shift their mission and objectives, and I believe that my skills could be better applied elsewhere--so, I began my job search.
My same contracting agency (Leidos or Booz Allen, for example) has a vacancy on a different contract, with a different project manager (PM). I am very interested in this position, and want to get more information about the role/ see if I would be a good fit.
Problem 1: The PM at the prospective contract is friends with my current PM, and I fully expect that they will be in communication the instant my resume shows up on her desk.
Problem 2: I really don't want to discuss this prospective with my current manager, until I have a firm grasp on the new job requirements/ see if I would be a good fit.
So, who do I talk to first?
My current PM--saying "Hey, I'm interested in a different position, so be aware that you might get a call from X."
The new PM--saying, "Hey, I'm interested in your vacancy. I want to get some more information about it, before I bring [my current PM] into the mix, and cause unnecessary stir."