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Customer question on: why are you leaving your job

I’m leaving my current job despite the considerable success that I have had in it. Same industry for 25 years with stellar track record. I have a boss that is unbearable and may wish to resign prior to having another job.

What would my answers be when asked the question, “why do you want to leave your current job” and “why did you leave your last job?”


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Don’s answer to: why are you leaving your job

Good sales people are hard to come by, and if you are a profitable asset to the company, I can’t see why they would want to get rid of you, other than spite or personal dislike. And if your manager is allowing his personal feelings towards you to get in the way of what’s best for the company, then in my opinion, he’s a very poor manager.

No matter how bad things look, going over your managers head is usually a bad idea unless you have first tried to resolve things with your boss.

Is there something for them to gain by getting you out of the way? Will they get your customers?

If it were me, I would prefer to stick it out and be the better person and try to resolve any conflicts with my manager. Maybe even try to make it difficult for my manager. What have you got to lose? What ever you do, think it out clearly and talk it over with someone else to make sure it’s a good sound plan.

As far as your questions go, I like to take the high road and would never tell anyone I’m leaving my job because I dislike my boss.

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I usually only have two reasons for ever leaving a job: either I was laid off due to economic reasons or the job failed to challenge me anymore. You can also say that corporate restructuring put you and your job out in left field and you didn’t feel apart of the company anymore.

Why are you leaving? I do tell them, though I enjoy my current job, the company and my co-workers, I feel that it is in my best interest to take my career to the next level and move into a more challenging position or role. What ever you say, tell them it is because you want more challenges and responsibility, something that your current job no longer offers. You can tell them you have outgrown your current position….


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by Don Georgevich

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