What is the best way to explain exiting one job to find another?

@mrsjbelle (1641)
United States
January 7, 2008 7:38pm CST
All my Mylotters community, My friend hates her job. They treat there employees lousy. Shes so tired of corporate America getting rich at her expense. They'll do it anyway but at least treat your emplyooes right, right? Though to find another job while you are in your current job they always ask that lovely question "And why do you want to leave your current job?" You cant say because I hate it. I appreciate hearing your answers! Thank you.
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@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
8 Jan 08
Yeah, Corporate America kind of expects people to hop jobs. I mean they kind of look strange at you if you don't. I think that are great ways to explain leaving a job like: I was looking for more challenges. I reached my personal goals and have set new ones. Something along those lines...just keep it positive.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 Jan 08
And keep it geared to THEM. What they will want from you, expect from you - what you can give to their job/company. If they ask about what you did at your current job, tell them a short thing, but the gear it to how you can use those talents for THEIR company.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 Jan 08
You play the game just like they do. You give a generic answer to their generic question and play the game - "I feel I have gone as far as I can at this job".
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• United States
9 Jan 08
Well, I am actually in the same position, I hate my job and am currently looking for another. My answer to that questions just has been there are no advancement opportunities at my current employer, and I leave it at that.
• United States
9 Jan 08
My abilities exceeded what they needed!! lol I have gained alot from my current job..but i realized it is time for me to move on and expand my horizons I realize in the corporate world that money is very important but as an asset to the company i felt i should be more valued than i was so i realized there must be a comapny out there that values me as an employee....and then i found you!
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
9 Jan 08
I am pretty much in this situation, I plan on saying I have heard good things about your company from people I have met and feel that I will have more opportunities for growth, I don't want to say bad things about my employer and by saying I have good thing about the company I am interviewing with may give the interviewer a warm fuzzy
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
8 Jan 08
I worked at a job for almost 9 years,i was so sick of it untilone day i had enough.I went to work that week and that weekend i went to see the boss and his wife and came out with it.I said im leaving and that was that.I made my mind up and im not saying anymore.They were upset,but hey what can you do.If your not happy at what your doing or your current job,its better to be happy somewhere else than getting up everymorning to go into a job that you hate and be miserable.Life is too short,make it better by finding what you like.I mean this for your friend,haha! Peanutjar:):)
@adforme (2116)
8 Jan 08
Hi Mrsjbelle, When explaining why you want to leave a job, you want to use to terms such as "different" and "broaden". Rather than saying you want to have "better" opportunities or "more", you may want to say things like: "I want to broaden my experiences by doing something different using what I have learned working for you. It really is complicated finding the right words to get out of your current job situation and maintain them as a prospective reference. I think if you are careful and continue to perform your job duties within a two week notice of your intent to leave that there should be a smooth transition. Take Care.
@bear_cute (124)
• Malaysia
8 Jan 08
Hi friend.off course i must do the right if someone do lousy to me.i don't care about the cosiquences.that important i must do the right.actually i want leave my current job because that company have many problem.always give the an employee holiday.so i'm find other job to safety my situation..i must think an earning every month for my life.
• United States
8 Jan 08
I think it's good to try and show your enthusism and interest in the new job rather than the one your leaving. If asked about your current job, show and talk as if it's a really good place to work and that you like the job, but, you are looking for a new challenge. I have used the "There has been talk of outsourcing or layoffs" as a reason before, included with "I don't really want to leave but.." As to working for corporate america. It sucks, big time. No matter what you do at the end of the day you are just a number and they will abuse and use you to their advantage. It's the way it is. I hate it, but I now accept that is the way.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
8 Jan 08
when she gets the job and resigns, if asked she can say I am pursuing for better opportunity. I also think i have done my best what can be done here. I want to pursue some different interset in life.
• New Zealand
8 Jan 08
Tell them that you have exceeded as far as you can possibly go with this company and you are still searching to reach higher
• Indonesia
8 Jan 08
Just talk openly to your superior and tell everthing you want for your life...
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
8 Jan 08
I would say that this would be a career move or in order to seek a much greener pasture where you could grow as a professional... not that you are not growing in your current job but you want something were the is mutual benefit... you will benefit and the company will also benefit...
@onedollar (782)
• Belgium
8 Jan 08
I personally never want to be an employee ever again but if you have to change jobs, you have to always give them a positive reason. Never say they don't treat me well or I hate it, because the last thing they want is a frustrated person to join their ranks. Say something like you are looking for a new opportunity, to grow in your job or that you are looking for new challenges with them. Or that you are attracted by their ... (fill in whatever positive there is about their company). It's about selling yourself, you can only sell to someone if you can show that person that what you sell is gonna benefit them.