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Reasons For Leaving A Job (What To Say In Interviews)

Updated on April 8, 2012

Leaving Your Job

Do you want to leave your current job? Sometimes there are very good reasons to do so, but sometimes it may not even be up to you as to whether you stay or go.

If you do leave your current place of employment and interview at another, the chances are you will be asked the questions as to why you're changing jobs. Some answers could make your prospective employer rub their hands in anticipation of your potential contribution to their company, others can set the alarm bells ringing.

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Reasons for Leaving a Job

  1. Further study (advanced degrees)
  2. Pursue career growth in your field of expertise
  3. Changing career path
  4. Travelling (for health or life experience)
  5. For a more "less stress" role
  6. Merger or reorganization (redundancy)
  7. Relocated
  8. Looking for a staff or salary position
  9. Good opportunity with current company, challenging role
  10. Experience new environment (learn how another company does things)

Why Top Talent Leave Their Job

Those who are great at what they do will always be employed. They simply get 'snapped up' as soon as they come on the market. Sometimes they don't even have to be in the market, they are approached while in their current role and 'poached' by a competitor organization.

Sometimes a lack of recognition of their abilities can prompt them to look elsewhere to move forward in their careers. In other cases they may be pushed into a corner - given all the responsibility but with their hands tied due to lack of empowerment in areas like authority to spend or act as they see fit. How can you manage without authority?! It's happened before.

A company folding and going under may be another reason and sometimes the internal politics within a company are enough to make the top talent jump ship.

Avoid Using These Reasons For Leaving Your Job

It just doesn't look good (even if it's true) and will only make prospective employers think twice before hiring you.

  • Fired
  • Injured on the job
  • Marital problems
  • Arrested
  • Tardiness / late to work
  • Didn't want to work overtime
  • Didn't get along with others
  • Low pay

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      Sheri Dusseault 5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Interesting hub. I just published one on this subject from the employers point of view!

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      Demetry 5 years ago from Australia

      Hey there, thanks for stopping by - just left a note on your hub :)

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      Susan 5 years ago from USA

      well I found it quite interesting that I happen to come acroos your hub just shortly after I wrote on about preatty much the same thing, only different. It was nice to see what someone elses ideas are on this subject. Thanx