How to say why I am leaving my current job?
My advice is to be precisely frank. If you respect your employer and I hope you do and was able to develop good relations while working together, just say openly what were those factors that motivated you to start thinking of another place of work. Whether it’s the relocation factor, bigger salary, higher challenges, scope of new skills and chances to develop them, new responsibilities – just say the way things are. I am sure your boss will appreciate to know the real reason of your work change, since every employer is interested in retaining quality resources and wants to know what motivates people to leave.
I personally would start with something like:
“Megan (boss name), I know that it might be not pleasant to hear, but I have to tell you that I have made a decision to reside. Please don’t take it personally, because I truly enjoyed working with you as well as with my colleagues and enjoyed my time here. Moreover, I have been able to grow in our company in (such and such) areas. Also, I have made good friends, but there are some factors that made me take this decision (and explain).”
Now, don’t make it a monologue. Make pauses, for maybe your boss has something to say. If he/she is silent, continue slowly. Be frank and sincere. Speak from the heart and you will make it through.
I also suggest you not to mention the Company you’re moving to. It’s a private information and it’s strictly up to you to whether disclosure it or not. I like to keep it private, because it’s like a new page in your career that hasn’t yet begun. Move in, gain first victories and successes and then update your professional public profile.
Kevin Adams, ResumeWritingService.BIZ Expert adds:
Fully agree. Moreover it may even harm you in some cases. We had an incident last year when our client resigning discl
osured the name of the Com
pany he joined. The boss did not want to let the guy go, and he made few calls. It all ended up with job offer rollback, and a set of new interviews. Good for us and our client it all ended up well - but I had to spend hours on phone talking to new boss of my client. It rarely happens but why risk? Run into your 1st day in your new office, and enjoy sharing your emotions after that!
If your boss takes it friendly, ok. If there are some critic, thank for it, apologize for not doing something the way it wasn’t expected from you, but never quarrel. Better walk away from that door saying that you are really sorry for not standing the expected level, but try not to hurt or offend. You’re moving to a new start anyway, so listen carefully to what you’re being criticized for and make sure you don’t repeat the same mistakes in your new commitment. Always have something to thank for to your boss, even if he or she have not been your best friend.
I am sure there are always lessons to learn and room for improvement. Make it your asset, not your failure. Leave that job with dignity and respect for those that are remaining. And as you walk outside the building, make sure you have good things to remember about this job, good things to smile about.