I currently work as a freelance writer in addition to doing a 9-5 in another field.
An opening as a full-time writer has come up, and I would like to apply. However, to get references I will almost certainly need to ask my existing editors, thus alerting them to the fact I'm applying for a full-time post with one of their competitors.
I'm not sure how to handle this. I am very unlikely to get this full time post (the competition is going to be extremely fierce), and if it's a choice between applying or keeping favour with my existing employers, I'd go with the latter every time.
Because it's going to be a competitive post, I'd like to secure an advantage by getting letters of recommendation from some of my existing clients.
Are my editors likely to take offence if I ask for a recommendation for this full-time post? Is there anything I can do to minimise the chances of causing offence when asking?