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why did you leave your last job?

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Nicolas’s Answer

I left my last role because the work wasn't fulfilling for me.

It had nothing to do with the team or my manager, I loved them all. I just knew I wanted to try new things and try a different career path that I was always interested in. I wasn't happy with the work I was doing on a daily basis and I knew I needed to make a change. I knew I wanted a career change and it was the best thing I could have done. I couldn't be happier with my current career path.
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Joel’s Answer

I lead teams of software engineers and designers to build products and tools that people use on the Internet. In my last job, I eventually decided that even though it was a good place to be, I wasn't the best fit for where the organization was and vise versa.

I've been working in my field for 20 years, and I've found that - the more I progress in my career - the more I need to be mindful about the decisions I make on where I invest my time. Every job has good and bad things about it. Often and for seasons, the bad outweighs the good. That's just the nature of life and working with people, but the more work you do in your chosen field, the more clarity you can find around where you can make your best contribution. When I was first out of college, just getting a lot of varied experience was important. As a get older, knowing where I can best serve (as well as where I need to still learn and grow) is more and more important to me.

I moved on from my last job because it wasn't a best fit, and I've remained at my current job because I believe in what we're doing and that my contribution will be valuable and impactful.

I hope that's useful to you.

Joel recommends the following next steps:

Get varied experience early in your career
Pay attention to where you make your best contributions
Continue to force yourself to be a life-long learner
Use your experiences to build on one another so that you can make wiser job transition choices as you grow
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Fiona’s Answer

I had a new opportunity, but I knew it was time to look at other opportunities as the culture wasn't the right fit and there was no progression opportunities.
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Jamie’s Answer

While i was in my previous role i found myself always wanting to help with the operations side of things vs the sales. I have a true passion on fixing issues and finding broken processes. Although i loved my last position i knew that my heart was in operations more than sales. The great news is that i am supporting account managers that are doing the job i use to do. I can easily put myself in their shoes and help them solve problems before they become problems.
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Damien’s Answer

Hey Gina,

I was actually laid off from my previous position. In hindsight, there were many red flags which led up to the situation and I should have started looking for a new role sooner. In order to help someone who may be in a similar position, here are some warning signs to look out for:

- Is my company making money? Interview others in customer-facing functions to see how much of a struggle they are having.
- Does management seem on-edge?
- What are the current recruiting trends? Are more people going than coming?
- How is morale?

Really hoping this helps anyone working at a struggling company to make the right decision.

-Damien
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Aine’s Answer

My last job I left down to a number of reason, though the main one was not get a challenge in my day to day work and for being a large company it was hard to find the right fit for myself. I knew I needed to make a change to be a better fit for myself and get a new challenge and learn things that I never knew I would be able to do.
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Mark’s Answer

Needed a new challenge, if you are not motivated and just doing the day to day it's best look for something that motivates and challenges you daily. Do what you feel passionate about! Best of luck!
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Jenny’s Answer

I left my last job because I saw limited growth opportunities, in addition, I was not fully engaged with the solutions I was selling (did not see the value). Therefore I moved to my current company, where I'm really passionate about our platform and services and I see the greater business impact it brings to variour stakeholders in our client organisations
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Matthew’s Answer

Hey Gina!

I had to leave a company that I loved in the past due to a toxic manager. One of my previous managers was a former tennis coach and he brought that mentality with him as a one-size-fits-all managerial type. Not everyone meshes well with that type of boss. Always look out for red flags in the company you work for and if you see them, then it is a good time to start looking elsewhere as it is easier to find a job while you have one. Good luck! :)

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Joey’s Answer

I left my last job as I had learned as much that I possibly could in the organisation so i felt I had no more room to grow there professionally and personally but also to pursue a new challenge in a company that has great products, customers and people. Working culture is something that is also important to me, so I sought out a company that was well known for having a great team working environment.
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Masen’s Answer

Hi Gina,

I left my last job because I strongly disliked working in law and found my boss's style of management to be...abrasive, to say the least. I ended up going back to school and have since switched industries. I'm doing much better nowadays!
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Sara’s Answer

I've heard people say employees don't leave companies, they leave managers. I think that is true and one thing I've come to realize in my career is the importance of distinguishing between places where I can affect change and places where I cannot. Often times your manager plays the biggest role in this ability. I've left many jobs because of my manager. I have also left jobs where I did not feel I was being compensated fairly or given the same opportunity as some of my counterparts. Only you can make these decisions but if the time comes to leave a company I always recommend letting your feet do the talking. By that I mean don't disparage the company or your manager on your way out (unless in a productive forum). Your departure sends a message on its own.
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Flora’s Answer

I left my last job to make a small change in my career, something I had wanted to do for a long time. I had previously working for aa recruitment agency, but wanted to move in-house and recruit internally for a company. I wanted to be a part of a company and really see the changes and the impact my work had.

When it comes to changing jobs make sure you research the company and the role. Be curious and ask lots of questions, and its best not to just take a role because you hate the last one, you might find you dont like the next one if you havent done your research.
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Selim’s Answer

I left my previous job because the culture wasn't great, I was surrounded by not genuine people. The company was also very limited in terms of career opportunities and I wasn't learning.
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Faun’s Answer

In today's market often jobs are lost due to realignments within the organization or geographical changes. I lost my last position due to realignment and the position no longer existed within the Company.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi Gina,

I left my last job because I decided to make a career change. I had been working in sales and recruiting and wanted to find a position in human resources (HR) as an HR Representative or HR Generalist. To help make the transition, I got my Professional in Human Resources certification (I took a prep class online, studied, and took the test). Having the certification showed potential employers that I was serious about the career change and helped my resume stand out when interviewing. I eventually landed a position in HR and after signing my offer letter, I put in two weeks notice with my current company.

If you are ever considering a career change, I recommend researching whether there are certifications you can obtain or classes that you can take. This will not only boost your knowledge, but it will look great on your resume as well. Best wishes!
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Tiffany’s Answer

I left my last job to pursue a career with a company I was very interested in and aligned with my goals and personality. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Verizon has a plethora of career opportunities, assisted with my educational goals, and made my development a priority.
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