Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reasons for Leaving a Job

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Make Sure the Reasons Match

One thing to keep in mind is that it's important that the reason you give matches what your previous employers are going to say. It's a red flag for a hiring manager if the reason you give for leaving doesn't match the answer your past employers give when they check your references.

Here's a list of some good, and some bad, reasons for leaving your job.

Good Reasons for Leaving Your Job

These reasons all work well because they are all legitimate reasons an employee can decide to move on to a new position.

  • Limited growth at company
  • Good reputation and opportunity at the new company
  • Looking for a new challenge
  • Good career opportunity
  • Went back to school
  • Relocation
  • Change in career path
  • Company downsized
  • Company went out of business
  • Reorganization or merger
  • Long commute
  • Needed a full-time position
  • Position eliminated
  • Position ended
  • Offered a permanent position
  • Landed a higher paying job
  • Seeking more responsibility
  • Seasonal position
  • Not enough work or challenge
  • Stayed home to raise family
  • Not compatible with company goals
  • Retired

Bad Reasons for Leaving Your Job

Even if it's true, there are some reasons you shouldn't use. It's not a good idea to bad mouth your past jobs, bosses or companies or to share too much personal information.

  • My boss was a jerk
  • Hated my job
  • My mom made me quit
  • Manager was stupid
  • Let go for tardiness
  • No transportation
  • Injured
  • Arrested
  • Rocky marriage
  • Didn't like the schedule
  • Didn't want to work as many hours
  • Let go for harassment
  • Childcare issues
  • Passed over for promotion
  • Didn't get along with co-workers
  • Job was too difficult
  • Overtime was required
  • Bored at work

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