Reasons to leave a previous job

Have you ever resigned from a job and wondered what to say to your next prospective employer? Well, here are a few reasons to help you. Choose the one that best suits your situation.

Don’t forget the KISS principle – do not try to kiss the prospective employer – it will not get you the job. Instead, just Keep It Short & Simple. Good Luck!

  • I got laid-off.
  • I got fired.
  • There was too much travel.
  • The job profile I got was not the same thing i was promised during my interview.
  • I needed a job that had offs on weekends.
  • I did not like split-offs in my current job.
  • I did not get breaks at all.
  • I have decided to move forward in my career.
  • I had some differences of opinion with my reporting manager.
  • The company did not provide basic resources for me to function effectively.
  • Some co-workers sabotaged my reputation.
  • It was only a temporary contract.
  • There was no room for further growth in the company.
  • I’ve got a better opportunity now.
  • I was underpaid.
  • I was overworked.
  • I violated a company policy by mistake and was asked to resign.
  • I did not want to work in shifts.
  • Night shifts made me sick.
  • I wanted a day time job.
  • I needed a break for medical reasons.
  • I was down with infective Jaundice and had no leave balances left.
  • I planned to shift back to my hometown.
  • I wanted to spend more time with my kids.
  • My office was too far away from my home.
  • I wanted to pursue higher education.
  • Family circumstances & responsibilities.
  • I got a job abroad but they postponed the joining date.
  • My manager wanted to have an affair with me.
  • I was unable to realize my full potential in my previous job.
  • Better salary.
  • Better job profile.
  • The current job just drove me nuts.
  • Had to go to hometown to settle a long-standing property dispute.
  • Wife got pregnant and there was nobody to look after her.(Portray yourself as a devoted ‘family man’).
  • Doctors advised absolute rest for ‘x’ months. (Replace ‘x’ with the number of months you were jobless after you left your previous job.)
  • Took a break to acquire additional certifications/qualifications.

No matter what reasons you give to your prospective employer, be prepared to answer a good number of probing questions.

Prospective employers might not feel comfortable if you give reasons like “Better salary” or lack of growth in your current role. If you did it to some other company, you could do it to them too. Wrong hires are expensive.  The best thing to do is to be truthful and concise. Do not tell them more than they ask you. If they don’t ask you something – you do not necessarily have to say it.

It’s not a good idea to lie to your new (prospective) employer. It’s a small world and it will not take long to find out.

Avoid saying anything negative about your previous employer. The idea is to focus on the positive aspects of your old job and also the new role you are trying for.

Whatever reason you are going to give to your prospective employer – prepare it properly and practice it a few times and then when the time comes – say it confidently. Consistency is the key to convincing the recruiter.

Be prepared to provide some references from your previous company – it will only show that you don’t burn bridges.