I was working for an MSP (IT out-sourcing company) and laid off about 4 months ago. I took a break and am now starting my job search with the summer coming up.
I worked with a number of clients during that time and I want to use them as references. I don't wan't to go through my former company, I don't like or trust them.
Am I allowed to contact those former clients and ask them if they're willing to provide me with a reference?
EDIT: I called one already and she said she'd need to get back to me since she's still a client of my former company. Now I feel like I need to call them and let them know I'm contacting their clients. They're a really paranoid bunch, so I'm concerned about that.