I'm currently working in brokerage, looking to move to the ownership side. I have run into the issue that all of the hiring managers for the positions I am interested in are mutual connections with my manager on LinkedIn. Considering that the industry is relatively small and interconnected (borderline incestuous lol), how do you go about applying to jobs and networking? Do I need to be cognizant that a potential employer could mention to my manager that I'm looking around or is this something unlikely to occur?
PS I am aware that it may not be the best time to be looking for a job given what's going on. My main thought is that owners still need to operate their properties and communicate with tenants/lenders, as well as build a pipeline of future projects. Best case scenario in my current position is to not get laid off (with essentially no chance for a discretionary bonus as transactions aren't being done).
I am also wondering if I should be targeting the lending side as it sounds like the banks are quite busy...
Appreciate any replies and stay safe out there!