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The 'real' reason for quitting my job

Question :

Hi, I have a question here.

I have been working in the administration of the education field since graduation.

I am not really satisfied with the department I am currently working in.

The management does not seek for improvement. All the work flow stays the same even many of the colleagues complained.

They have poor management skills. They think they are senior and do not respect their supervisee. It is common to hear them yelling at others.

I think I can’t stand of it any more. I want to quit.

If I am going to find a new job, when asked about the reasons of leaving the department, can I frankly tell the interviewer that I am not happy with the management skills of my supervisors?

If it is not appropriate to tell the true reasons, I am just headache to think how to answer this question.

Can you give me some advice?

Posted by Yan on Saturday, 07 Dec 2013

Comments :

Debbie Matson - Career Doctor

Posted Thursday 30th January 2014 01:17:00 AM


Dear Yan You bring up good questions. Valuing honesty and thinking about your responses are all important. I think the real question is how to portray your current situation and reason for leaving without giving the interviewer a bad impression. If you criticize current management and their style, you risk sounding like a complainer and that is not your intent. Experiment with other ways to phrase your reason for leaving. You may want to cite corporate culture, communication style, and environment. You can explain that you value a positive success based culture and are looking for a position that operates in that type of environment. You can discuss your goals to be in a workplace where team work is valued and success celebrated. All of those reasons are ways to say that you don't like your current environment without criticizing. Take some time to think strategically about your next steps. Give more consideration to the aspects of the job you like and don't like so that you can make a deliberate choice in changing jobs. There are other factors you want to consider when you start interviewing for a new job. What is your ideal next role? Do you want to stay in education? What else has been happening that you would like to change? It sounds like you will be interviewing for the first time since graduation. I think you should focus on the range of questions an interviewer may ask and how you will answer these questions. Go through the key points in your current role. What have been your recent achievements? What challenges do you face? How have you contributed to the goals of the organization? Do you understand the mission of the company and where your role fits in? What do you like best and do best? How have you handled working in a difficult environment? The fact that you have worked with tough management can be turned into a positive. You should be able to show that you can work through adversity and have the ability to maintain your composure in stressful situations. I hope you find an environment more suited to your preferences. Good luck!


Posted Monday 6th January 2014 07:49:00 AM


Any one can help?

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