So I recently accepted a new job and put in my leaving notice for my current employment. Half way through my two week notice, my team lead from my new employment wants me to give them a list at least 20 leads from family friends and/or professional relationships I have created. Unfortunately, most of my friends and family are either not interested after reaching out or just do not fit the criteria for the leads they want. I am also fairly new in my field of work so although I have already tried to do a lot of networking this week, I am still coming up short. I am afraid that this may be a condition of my employment at my new job and that I might have to stay with my current employment even now after putting in my two week notice. Has anyone else been in this situation. I feel stumped.

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    Why are you working for them when you haven't finished your notice yet?
    – Kilisi
    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:07
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    I don’t understand the situation..you’re supposed to find them 20 people to hire? Sep 5, 2019 at 11:19
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    @morbo 20 people to target with marketing... bombard with phone calls, pester by email etc etc
    – Solar Mike
    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:23
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    Leads? Is this a multilevel marketing business by chance? Is it too late to get your old job back? Sep 5, 2019 at 11:28
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    "I have not worked a single day there yet." I and others would suggest otherwise. You're not even there yet and yet they are already asking you to drum up business for them. To me that is a really big red flag.
    – AdzzzUK
    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:56

2 Answers 2


What to do when a new employer ask you to create them a new book of business

You wait until your notice period at your current company has ended and begin working on gathering the leads when you actually start working for the new company. If your new company finds this arrangement unacceptable then I would seriously reconsider joining this company.

Assuming you decide to stick with the new company, if you value the relationships that you have with your family, friends, and former coworkers I would avoid using them as leads.


This is an absolute red flag. Your family and friends are not leads. Your professional contacts are not leads.

Go to your old manager, tell them what you are asked to do, and ask if you can keep your job. From personal experience, some co- worker left, started a new job 9am on Monday, called at 9:10am if he could have his job back, his manager said “yes” and HR removed any documentation that he was ever gone.

  • @JoeStrazzere both answers say family & friends are not leads... And I would not do that to my friends... Would you? really?
    – Solar Mike
    Sep 6, 2019 at 12:10
  • @JoeStrazzere if you have reason to think that this is normal and acceptable behavior, then you could write an answer to that effect.
    – Ben Barden
    Sep 6, 2019 at 14:55
  • @JoeStrazzere then you could express that, and perhaps some pertinent advice on how to handle it. I'm just saying that you seem to have pertinent understanding here taht the other answers lack.
    – Ben Barden
    Sep 6, 2019 at 16:31

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