why did you quit from your previous job?

Philippines
February 1, 2011 12:20pm CST
Hi guys, As with my previous discussion, Im planning to look for another job. Some companies have been calling me already. Well, you know the process for hiring...exams and interviews. Im pretty much sure that they'll be asking me why did I quit from my previous job. How would you answer this without bad mouthing your previous company?
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
1 Feb 11
Actually, I left my last job because of illness. I was teaching English in China and I found out the day after Christmas last year that I had cancer again. I was told in China that it was colon cancer and that they couldn't help me at the hospital in the city I was working in. They suggested that I go home. When describing the situation to the doctors in the city where my brother lives they said it didn't sound like cancer because it takes a long time for colon cancer to develop. I flew home and my first stop was the emergency room to get checked out. They did all kinds of tests and in the end they decided that I should go to the surgery clinic later in the week. Two weeks later, they got me into surgery and found they couldn't do the repair that needed to be done because I did in fact have cancer, but it was a recurrence of ovarian cancer rather than the colon cancer they told me I had in China. I had no problem with that job, but I will not be able to return to it because I will be in treatment before the date of my return flight. If I try to get a job again in the US, I probably wouldn't even mention that job. I have had jobs that I left for other reasons. I was always somewhat restless and it was hard for me to stay in one place for a long time. I held one job for over six years and I think I had started looking for a new job after less than a year. State jobs were hard to come by and that is why I didn't quit the job sooner. A friend of mine went to another department doing similar work to what we had been doing at the department I had been at. It was not a raise, but the working conditions were much better...at least to start with. I think most of the time, if an interviewer asks why I was leaving my previous job, I would tell them about how I felt limited by the position because I already knew everything about it and there was no chance for advancement. I want to be able to learn new things and improve my skills. I try to make my responses more about me than about the company. Does that help?
@jessxu (35)
• China
2 Feb 11
I'm sorry to hear about your illness.I come from China that you had work at.I wish that you will be all right soon and have a good job.Good luck!
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Thanks, its such a great answer. I'll pray for your complete healing. You got my point. No chance of advancement/career growth and like what you've said, I feel limited already with my work. I appreciate ur answer!
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
2 Feb 11
loveneverfails, I guess the important thing to keep in mind is that you want to make your responses about you and not the previous employer. By doing that, you won't seem overly critical and it will show that you are trying to improve yourself. Good luck with your job search. jessxu, I'm not sure if you mean that you are from China or something else. Where do you live? I should be ok in time. Thanks for your response!
@jessxu (35)
• China
2 Feb 11
Hi,I left because that I felt very tired in my previous job.There were so many problems for me to solve in work everday.The salary that they gave me were good.But I think I work not only for salary but also for some else,such as:career growth and advancement,learning new things and upgrade my skills.So I left.Well,I just told them that I want to change to a new entironment that provid me more opportunities of career growth when the new employers ask me about it.Good luck for you!
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
were actually in the same shoe, not basically for salary reason. but did they ask you some follow up questions or were they satisfied with ur answer?
@jessxu (35)
• China
2 Feb 11
Yes,some employers asked me for follow up questions about the reason that I had left.So,I will tell them the true cause honestly.I can't get a promotion,can't learning new tings.And show them what I had done in my previous job.Give them some sample of my ability and skill.Never to bad mouth previous employers,and convince them that I have the ability for the job.That's all,I hope it will be useful to you.
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
I left my previous job because my employer sucks. He tells things behind your back. He makes issues about his employees. He doesn't do what he was supposed to do (in line with his profession) and when there is a problem, he won't be the one to fix it but his employees. That guy really made me feel bad and stressed. I'm glad I'm out!
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Haha, I forgot something. But as for you, you better tell them that it's already the end of your contract with your former boss or tell them that you seek greener pastures. That's the most common reasons applicants tell their prospective employers.
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Nice response:-P...hahaha. I wonder what did the HR told you afterwards? I can't imagine myself being that bold enough to say those things, even part of it are true:-)
@thanks1961 (7046)
• India
2 Feb 11
Hi dear, I was working for a women's university for six years and I quit the job unwillingly for a better job and the salary difference was more than 6 times. When the same question asked me from the new HR person, I pronounced the same thing, that better prospectus and want to be financially sound. He told me again, that see, now you are so young and it was a university of thousands of good looking young females around and why dare you to quit the job? I said, ok I was there for 6 years and enjoyed a lot with those girls and I need to shape my life with a better of place. He agreed, and I was stressing on the financial side. Here also, you can highlight that your look out for the current scenario is more on financial side and a change in the job make you refresh and more productive. But the HR person may ask you that if you get a still better offer, then you will move out? As a reply to it, you can tell that here the compensation is matching with your expectation and the company profile and the understanding about the company is upto your exceptions and I don't think a change in the immediate future and I wish to worth for ..... company. Also, you can put some extra-s into it and make the HR happy and go ahead. If I am in your place, I would comment in such a way. All the best and have a nice day. Thank-s
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Thanks for the answer, I appreciate. That's what I was actualy thinking, I mean yeah I could have answer them, but when they ask me a follow up question like what u mentioned, asking me what if im not happy again, will im gonna move...etc...better be prepared:-)
@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Hi! I left my previous job for the reason that I wasn't already happy with it. What I mean is that it's always the same everyday. The same routine, the same tasks. So I tried to find another job, another transition in my career. Usually the reason why we left our previous jobs is that we're not enjoying it anymore. Others say to have better opportunities so that simply means they are not satisfied with their jobs anymore. Unless we find a job where we can say we are happy with it, then we will still continue the process of quitting our jobs and looking for another one.
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
I appreciate your answer, however, do you think it will give them a bad impression if im gonna say that im not happy thats why i quit and will continue doing it till i find a work place where I am happy?, just a thought...
@cw101101 (19)
• Canada
2 Feb 11
I think honesty is the best policy here! Try to be positive as if you're not, it won't make a good impression. You can say you felt you needed new challenges and are looking for more business development than your old company was able to offer.
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
thanks..i just hope they won't give me that hard challenges after saying that I'm looking for one:P...but yeah, better be honest and positive.
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
I quit my past three jobs for one sole reason and it has been consistent ever since: health reasons. And when I looked at the time that I quit, its usually in the cold months where my asthma is really acting up. That's why I am trying to file for Social Security disability because even if I wanted to, I cannot hold a regular jib especially during the cold months here in my country. And as a rule of thumb, even if you hated your previous company or job, never bad mouth them in front of potential employers.
@virdell1 (57)
• United States
2 Feb 11
When I am in an interview for a job I respond to that question by saying that it just wasn't a good fit for me. I have quit jobs because of the companies unethical behavior and because of allergies to the environment. I never bad mouth a company I have worked for.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
2 Feb 11
I have never considered myself to be a quitter. if i quit a job, it was because there was a better benefit somewhere else. I only quit one job because of job environment. it was good pay but the attitudes there were not worth it.
@wilmscz (104)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
i quit my precious job because of the load that's stressing me for quite sometime, and i don't have any encouraging help coming from my colleagues so i quite. and the fact, that i needed some career growth and new exciting environment and some good raise too. for the interviews, yes badmouthing your previous job is not a good thing to do, so you must say something positive, like looking for a career growth, to enhance your skills or to acquire new knowledge in work etc....as long it will sound good in the current company that your applying.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
Hi. Yes, you never badmouth a previous employer however bad your work there was. But don't make up stories why you left. Try to subtly steer the topic to positive things you have done in your last job. How your contributions at work benefited the company. Companies hire people with an upbeat and positive outlook. You risk your chances of getting hired if you seem full of resentment, saying things like you were unhappy with your last job or your previous boss was too difficult. Those things are reserved for friends and social networks like this :)
@donharis (305)
• Pakistan
1 Feb 11
Well i just Quit a Job bcoz of very strict Managment and less pay, so i gave them my resignation, and lest after a week bcoz they were forcing me to stay for another one month, and will not pay me if i want to left soon, also they just used words that is probably somtype of dishonouring me, So i quit it at once..
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
1 Feb 11
My job simply was no longer available. I was not fired, and i did not quit. It is not hard for me in interviews, but there are so few jobs available in my field, and funding is constantly being cut, that I doubt that i will get hired on in my field in the near future.
• United States
1 Feb 11
I left my previous job for the reason that i was going nowhere with this company. I put forth the effort and always got over looked and never a raise. With most companys that i work for i usually do 3 positions at the company now i only do 1 with the company that i am with and still going nowhere lol. So i think i will go nowhere fast lol. 15 years ago i started up a business and it took off in a good direction i was doing good till the gas prices went up then i sold everything and went to work for other ppl. That was my biggest mistake. Atleast that is mytocents