Employers often ask for the reason why you left each job next to the position listing on job applications. As with all job search documents, you will need to avoid telling any lies while giving yourself the benefit of the doubt.
Tips for Listing Reasons for Leaving
Some reasons will be simple like:
- Moved on to a more responsible position
- Laid off from job
- Left for the beginning of the fall semester
- Landed a higher paying job
- Left to focus on varsity baseball during the spring
- Left to devote more time to academics
- Position ended after summer
Of course, you will want to mention reasons which don't reflect negatively on you whenever possible.
This is where giving yourself the benefit of the doubt can come into play. For example, say you were laid off from an employer that was experiencing financial difficulties. Even though a secondary reason why you were one of the employees chosen for a layoff was mediocre performance, it is fair enough to cite budget cuts if you probably wouldn't have been let go otherwise.
Stick to the Facts
However, it's important to make sure that your previous employers can't factually dispute the reason you list on your application because your prospective employer can use any untruths on an application as grounds for dismissal.
Keep in mind that when leaving a job you can sometimes negotiate with your employer about how your departure might be represented to future employers thus avoiding some of these tricky application issues.