I work for a fast-growing startup and I just found out that my direct manager (leading a team of ~25 people) will be leaving the company. I'm fairly confident that he's leaving because of the excellent opportunity he was offered, rather than internal conflicts or similar.
We have a good relationship and I know he thinks highly of me. He is also aware that I have been trying to change a few things for myself within the company (salary, career direction). At the same time, I am not currently looking to leave the company, and my boss knew that as well.
I've heard LinkedIn recommendations are typically given at the end of a business relationship (which would be now). Is it okay to ask him for a recommendation at this point?
My gut feeling is that he would gladly give me a great recommendation. My main hesitations are:
- Timing - Do I wait till he's actually out the door, or ask now (a week before he leaves)?
- He seems pretty loyal to the company, but he clearly values career growth more (since he himself is leaving). Even though he is not going to be my boss soon, do I need to be concerned that a recommendation request will get interpreted (somewhat incorrectly) as "I'm looking for a new job"?
- I don't want it to give off the wrong impression about how soon I might leave (for him, or for any current coworkers who might see my profile). Like I mentioned, I'm pretty happy at my job. There are a few things I'd like to see changed, but currently I'm not actively looking for a new job (although, granted, that could always change relatively quickly). Will having his recommendation on my profile prove to be a bad move from the perspective of those currently at the company?