I work for a very small IT organization, which providers IT services to several companies. I am thinking of resigning, and I have a couple of questions regarding the referrals.
I understand that when you leave, you mainly request your manager(s) or supervisor(s) for the referral. In this case, I am the manager, and above me is the owner. When resigning, there is a chance he may not like the idea, in which case asking for a referral may not be as easy, or he may not be as comprehensive as I would like when a prospect calls him.
In this particular case, I am thinking of asking the clients for the referrals. As I have been dealing with them (and their managers) for several years, they know me well and appreciate the work I do for them on behalf of the company I currently work on.
I was thinking of asking for referral in my resignation announcement/good-bye letter. At the same time, I do not want to sound like I am trying to steal their work when asking for them to “keep in touch”, nor when asking for a referral.
The letter will be (basically) announcing that I have resigned, to thank them for their work and support, ask them to direct their requests to the owner instead of me, and then suggest the referral, and ask them to keep in touch and provide my personal details.
So, my main questions are:
1. Should I send it from my personal account instead of the work one, as there is a chance he may ask me to leave on the same day (though he will still provide me with the notice payments – trust me, he has done that before)?
2. I understand I could probably ask the boss if he minds me contacting his clients directly, but if he says “no” - should I send it anyway? FYI, I know there is no writing policy in the company that says whether I can or can't contact them after leaving.
3. The referral bit I was thinking of sending the clients would be something like: “Lastly, if you think my service to you while at xxx was nothing but outstanding, and you would you be happy for me to use you as a reference for future opportunities, please kindly let me know”.
Your advice is appreciated.