It is hard to leave a job.
The people, the relationships, the experience, all matter. They help to shape us professionally and personally. So when a layoff occurs, the loss can be painful.
Sometimes we can actually feel relief when we leave an employer. Not every job is a good fit and after a few years things can change at a company. What was once a “great place to work” can become a place to “bide time” until something better comes along.
Whether you are happy or devastated , you will need to speak well of your previous employer (even if you cannot think of a good thing to say). No matter what, never bad mouth an employer. If you do, your chances of successfully courting a new employer are next to zero. So prepare to offer a positive, professional explanation as to why you left.
Remember, the more bridges you burn, the less likely any employer will want to bring you on board. So smile, be honest and always respectful. Drop the anger, resentment and bitterness and move on with your career and your life.
Are you ready to explain why you left your last employer, especially one for whom good feelings are not there? What will you say? – Norma Sweeny
Here’s some extra job search resources to check out to help you in your job transition:
- Is your Resume Good or Great?
- 5 Ways to use LinkedIn Groups for Job Search Success
- What is the Worst Question to Ask while Networking?
- Nail that Final Interview and the Job Offer