Instead of leaving town for the reality break that I craved having just been fired, I kept a networking lunch that I had previously scheduled. I received such encouragement from one of my mentors there that I decided to seek additional counsel.
I was told at my termination meeting to “update my resume’”. Ha! I didn’t have a resume. I hadn’t been on the job market since 1997! I think technology has changed a bit since then. I sought the advice of a Career Consultant; a person, whose job it is to help me find a job. Interesting…
So, I’m on my way to meet with the Career Consultant. The first concern of mine in the car on the way there was how to address the dreaded question, “So why did you leave?” Well, that’s an easy one if you chose to leave, but in the circumstances of being surprisingly let go, I still don’t understand the answer I was given. How on earth was I going to explain it to someone else?
I was so pleased that the manual they provided me addressed that concern right up front. Sometimes your personal reasons for leaving, and/or why the company has undergone the changes that impacted your job, may not serve you well on your job search.
I think you’ll like some of their answers:
Business Reasons Individual Reasons
Reduction in force Didn’t get along with the boss
Merger/Acquisition Didn’t fit into the culture of the company
Reorganization Said/did the wrong thing at the wrong time
New management brought in Didn’t get along with subordinates/peers
Projects cancelled Not suited for the job
Headquarters being moved Burned out-bored, overworked, stressed, etc.
Buy Out Personal situation
Let me hear from you. Post some additional creative reasons for leaving.
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