Applying for a New Job While Still Employed?
We all know the feeling: You're ready to leave your current job, and you want to apply for a new profession or job. In order to do this, you have to edit your resume and make sure that the resume you write is appropriate. It's crucial to know if you need a professional resume, a manager resume, or any other specific type for the new job you're aiming toward. If you are not sure how to write it in a correct way, you can find tons of resume-writing tips online.
Then, of course, if you pass the preliminary resume-screening part of the job application process, you'll normally then have to go to an interview. During this interview, let's say everything goes well, and you think you're giving great answers to all the different questions thrown at you. That is until they ask: “Why are you looking for a new job?”
This question is difficult to answer for many people because sometimes they haven’t thought about it or get nervous that their answer will preclude them from being hired. That is why you need to be prepared, and here are ten reasons that you can give in order to convince your new prospective job that you are applying for this new role for the right reasons.
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- You are looking for a bigger or smaller company. The size of a company can really affect your work and how you feel about being there, especially because it affects the work culture and dynamic. Personally, I like to work in smaller, more familiar companies where I have contact with the other employees. However, there are people who function better in bigger companies where everything is more formal and better structured. If this reason applies to you, let your interviewer know that the company size matters for you, and it's nothing more than that. It's a very legitimate, respectable reason.
- You want better long-term prospects. You could honestly have just exhausted the work at your current job after putting your all into it. Maybe there are no options left in the sector you work in, and you want to do something completely different with better prospects for the future.
- Ethical reasons to look for a new job. It's completely understandable if you have ethical reasons for switching jobs. Maybe your current company does some things that you don’t want to be a part of, such as discriminating against certain groups, for one. This is, of course, a good reason to change a job, but also keep in mind that you have to frame it a certain way. Try to avoid badmouthing your current employer and co-workers—make it seem more like the ethnical reasons are your personal preference and not a reflection of being in a bad company. If you speak ill of your current job, your interviewer will then peg you as someone who may do so again if/once you leave the job you're applying for.
- Location. A typical but solid answer is that you want a job closer to home. This reason is purely logical and will be respected. It's practical; it's more efficient—it's just logistics. You waste too much time, or the public transport lets you down—these are all valid and reasons for anyone to want something different.
- Personal reasons. Of course, you can also be looking for another job because of personal reasons. The birth of a baby, in preparation for a baby, a marriage, a divorce, or just any major change. These occurrences can have an impact on you, and this can lead to the need for a change in work environment. They can be framed in a way that shows your interviewer that while the reason ultimately is personal, the move to a new job is not.
- Dissatisfaction with your current job. You are not satisfied with your current work life: You don’t like the company culture, or you don’t like your work hours. These reasons are fine as long as you articulate them in a way that makes it about your personal preference and goal to strive for something bigger and better. Again, keep in mind that you don’t want to be talking badly about your current company. Make the reasons seem like they are your decision and not because any bad boss or job is forcing you to do it.
- Seeking a new opportunity. Another good answer is that you simply just want a new opportunity. You feel like you have taken every possibility out of your current job, and there just aren’t any challenges left anymore in this job. You feel like it’s time to learn new points-of-view regarding the business. Or you're curious about a new sector or industry altogether. You think this job is good for your future and you see a lot of opportunities in it.
- Because you are preparing to be let go from your current job. If this is the case, whether you're getting laid off or even fired at your current job, remember to be upfront with the interviewer. When the reason that you are looking for another job, is because you got fired, just say so and explain, in your favor, what led to the firing. There is no reason to lie; you will only get into trouble because of it. Just keep your answer brief and factual. Being laid off is another thing altogether—in this economy, it happens all the time, and most of the time, it's just business. Let your resume and in-person personality shine and be honest. This way, your interviewer will see it's not you, but just circumstances.
- Going in a different direction. You decided that the job you were executing was in a sector that is not in the direction where you want to go. You feel that you are more interested in this sector. This, like the many other reasons above, is totally normal and respectable. Just make sure you articulate reasons for your interest in the new direction.
- The new opportunity is an even better match. Make it about the job you're applying for. The position you are applying for just seemed like an excellent match for your skills, you feel like it is an exciting opportunity and you decided to go for it. You couldn't resist a perfect job calling to you, even though you're currently employed. This can show positive traits, like the fact that you're a go-getter who goes after what he wants.
Whatever you say, make sure that you don’t make money your primary goal. Remember to stay honest with your interviewer, and more importantly, avoid bad-mouthing your current/previous company. If you avoid these and keep the above tips in mind, you'll have a proper answer to the question of why you want to leave your current job. Good luck!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
saiful on August 13, 2016: