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Reasons to Leave Your Job

Good and Bad Reasons for Quitting a Job


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Looking for a reason for leaving to give your boss or a prospective employer? When you're moving on to a new position and applying for a new job, one of the questions you'll need to answer is why you are leaving or have left your job. Your boss may want to know why you are resigning and future employers will want to know why you moved on.

You will need to list reasons for leaving on job applications and you will be asked why you left or are leaving your current job during job interviews. Before you start a job search, it's a good idea to figure out what you're going to say, so your reason is consistent on your job applications and in interviews.

Make Sure the Reasons Match

You could be leaving for professional reasons (better job, career growth, flexible schedule, for example) or for personal reasons (leaving the workforce, family circumstances, going back to school, etc.). Or, you could simply hate your job or your boss, but never say that. Here's more information on resigning from a job for personal reasons.

One thing to keep in mind is that it's important that the reason you give matches what your previous employers are going to say. It's a red flag for a hiring manager if the reason you give for leaving doesn't match the answer your past employers give when they check your references.

Here's a list of some good, and some bad, reasons for leaving your job.

Good Reasons for Leaving Your Job

These reasons all work well because they are all legitimate reasons an employee can decide to move on to a new position.

  • Career change
  • Career growth
  • Change in career path
  • Company cut backs
  • Company downsized
  • Company went out of business
  • Family circumstances
  • Family reasons
  • Flexible schedule
  • Getting married
  • Hours reduced
  • Job was outsourced
  • Good career opportunity
  • Good reputation and opportunity at the new company
  • Laid off
  • Landed a higher paying job
  • Limited growth at company
  • Long commute
  • Looking for a new challenge
  • Needed a full-time position
  • New challenge
  • Not compatible with company goals
  • Not enough hours
  • Not enough work or challenge
  • Offered a permanent position
  • Personal reasons
  • Position eliminated
  • Position ended
  • Relocating
  • Reorganization or merger
  • Retiring
  • Seasonal position
  • Seeking a challenge
  • Seeking more responsibility
  • Staying home to raise a family
  • Summer job
  • Temporary job
  • Travel
  • Went back to school

Bad Reasons for Leaving Your Job

Even if it's true, there are some reasons you shouldn't use. It's not a good idea to bad mouth your past jobs, bosses or companies or to share too much personal information.

  • About to get fired
  • Arrested
  • Bad company to work for
  • Bored at work
  • Childcare issues
  • Didn't get along with co-workers
  • Didn't like the schedule
  • Didn't want to work as many hours
  • Didn't want to work evening or weeke
  • Hated my boss
  • Hated my job
  • Injured
  • Job was too difficult
  • Let go for harassment
  • Let go for tardiness
  • Manager was stupid
  • My boss was a jerk
  • My mom made me quit
  • No transportation
  • Overtime was required
  • Passed over for promotion
  • Rocky marriage

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