You will probably be asked what your reason for leaving your last job was. This could come up in an interview. Or, it could even be asked by your friends and family. It’s important that you be prepared to answer that question without hesitation.
When you give your reason for leaving it should be short and honest. It also has to sound positive.
The best way to put together your reason for leaving answer is to focus on five key things. Your profession, your last employer, your personal situation, an upbeat statement and finally what you are going to do next.
Reason For Leaving – Profession and Company
Here are a couple of real life examples of why you may have left.
Many times, your reason for leaving is because of a layoff. When this happens, it’s usually easier to explain. A layoff means that a company made a choice to reduce its staff and that’s no fault of yours. You didn’t do anything wrong. So, here’s an example of what you could say regarding your profession and company in that situation.
“Like many companies that were impacted by the financial crisis, my company also reduced its workforce.”
Sometimes your reason for leaving is because you want a better job, more opportunity for growth or want to work for a different company. Here’s an example of how to handle that.
“It’s important to me that I have the chance to grow and work for a company that offers the best opportunities in my profession.”
Reason For Leaving – Your Situation
Using the layoff example above, let’s finish the statement with your situation, a positive statement and your next steps.
“Like many companies that were impacted by the financial crisis, my company also reduced its workforce. As a result, my position was eliminated. I enjoyed my successes at my last employer and now I’m eager to find a new job where I can demonstrate my skills and continue to grow.”
And, let’s finish the statement for when your reason for leaving is because you want a better or different job.
“It’s important to me that I have the chance to grow and work for a company that offers the best opportunities in my profession. Although I’m doing well where I’m currently working, I’m really looking for a job where I have more opportunity to demonstrate and grow my skills.”
Reason For Leaving – Conclusion
As you can see, both examples are similar but each one addresses a different situation. Importantly, they’re short and sweet. And they show that you are confident in what happened and eager to move on to something better.
So, go ahead and create YOUR reason for leaving. Consider it part of your personal brand. Read it over and over. Memorize it. Then, when someone asks why you left your last job, you’ll be ready with a great answer!
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