"Reason for Leaving"

Right now I'm looking for some type of job that is either A) higher paying, or B) equal pay but closer to my apartment. I dropped my resume to a couple employers (all clerical jobs in Columbia... I'm really hoping to find some type of entry level IT job though), and I got to thinking... what would I put in that one little line on my resume?

Reason for leaving:
Got tired of driving on the DC beltway twice a day? More time spent with the assholes on the road than with my wife? Felt like I was being violated by an Exxon brand dildo? Hopefully I'll have to figure it out soon.

What was the most interesting reason you quit your job?

Probably the one time I wrote down (for a job I wasn't all that interested in) "Left due to employer throwing a printer on the floor due to router failure".

Yeah, homeboy was a whack-job with a temper.

A previous empolyer wanted to transition me from development to support and had the gall to tell me it was a good career move. Naturally I chose to transition out the front door instead...

Just put "sexual harassment".

employer told me i had to go to the hospiital because I told him one day I had a tummy ache and wanted to go home.
His 'order' was...If you are sick enough to not work, it must be life threatening!!!
so in order to keep my job and not rock the boat I did.

I quit after the hospital decided the best thing was that I needed a barium enima to see what the problem was. i quit before the appointment was made and moved away to London England for 6 months.

IT WAS DIARREAH!!! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!

groan wrote:

barium enima

Some people find those to be the height of joy. Some. Okay, a few. A few weirdos.

I quit my dayjob as a technical writer for a forklift manufacturer because I wanted to, seriously now, write strategy guides for IGN. You should have seen the look on their faces. I was leaving a Fortune 500 company (in which I went from a temp to a supervisor in 8 months) to stay home and write about videogames for a pittance.

Okay, you can stop laughing now. I parlayed that into a gig as a guidebook writer for BradyGames and have been happily (and gainfully) writing for them for 6 years now.

Sometimes you can quit your day job. So long as you don't suck.

I've been at the same job for 24 years.

Put down "Bored out of my skull" as your reason for leaving.
Translation: My present office was not using me to my fullest potential and I felt stifled.

"And the reason is YOOOOOOOOOOOU!"

I parlayed that into a gig as a guidebook writer for BradyGames and have been happily (and gainfully) writing for them for 6 years now.

Oh, so YOU'RE the devil.

When I was just getting into the work world I left Subway for two reasons:

1 - It sucked (I told them I had too many school oblilgations)

2 - A customer who I believed was gay kept hitting on me, and once asked me to "personally teach him the craft of sub making." A co-worker told me that she thought he said "love making" instead.

Then you would have never cut it at TGI Fridays, Vrikk. We had a couple of positively fla-ming gay guys working there who would (this was in 1993, I was 17) would grab your ass, bump their ass against you or come up behind you and say things like "I'd like to suck the filling out of you". Ummm.... yeah. Kind of funny to think how drastically things have changed in just 10 years. That happened today and I'd be a millionaire.

Rubb Ed wrote:

Yeah, homeboy was a whack-job with a temper.

I work for that guy now.

groan wrote:

IT WAS DIARREAH!!! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!

Classic, but why did you move to joly ol' England?

PurEvil wrote:

Reason for leaving: Got tired of driving on the DC beltway twice a day? More time spent with the assholes on the road than with my wife? Felt like I was being violated by an Exxon brand dildo? Hopefully I'll have to figure it out soon.

While this would be an opportune time to drop the F-bomb on your boss with a 'take this job and shove it' type letter, I sure as hell wouldn't burn any bridges. The standard response in this neck of 'commuting hell" woods is to simple state that the new job is closer to home and will reduce your commute. In SoCal, the poor bastards that live out in the 909 can spend upwards from 2-to-3 hours going one way. The trade off; 3000 sq foot home with a pool.

I wouldn't write some angry letter to my boss and quit. Honestly, if I do find something else and leave here, it will be just for the reasons you stated: closer to home so less time driving. I get along fine with my bosses, I only have a couple issues with my co-workers (nothing headphones on max volume doesn't fix), and I'm good at my job. But for $12.15/hr, I just don't see why I'm wasting 2-3 hours a day in traffic.

Sadly, I was making a lot more in Beaufort [SC], which is a way cheaper area, and I could walk to work in 15 minutes (which I did pretty often).

Just completely B.S. them.. if they want a system that they don't want to know the true reason you are leaving, then play by the system:

"Too many growth opportunities at last job, couldn't make up my mind."

"Not enough sexual harrassment"

"I had a wonderful boss, and I almost went into shock numerous times a week."

Stuff like that.

*Legion* wrote:

"And the reason is YOOOOOOOOOOOU!"

May you get a violent case of "DIARREAH!!!!" for invoking that band.

Generally, the safest thing is just to be careful and professional.

An exit interview. Some employers like to have all departing employees meet with someone from the human resources department for an exit interview. Be careful -- but be professional. Some employers want to know the "real" reason you are leaving. Again, remember not to burn any bridges by saying anything negative or petty.
People leave their jobs for all sorts of reasons, and you certainly do not need to provide any details on why you are leaving the company. Resignation letters are a courtesy to your employer, so you simply need to state that you are leaving your current position to pursue other opportunities.

http://www.quintcareers.com/resigning_job.html

Mayfield wrote:

Just completely B.S. them.. if they want a system that they don't want to know the true reason you are leaving, then play by the system:

"Too many growth opportunities at last job, couldn't make up my mind."

"Not enough sexual harrassment"

"I had a wonderful boss, and I almost went into shock numerous times a week."

Stuff like that.

Good advice. Why don't you just throw "disagreement with boss; after I stabbed him he refused to stop screaming and bleeding" on there?

You need to remember one thing... Work sucks. Very few people get to do what they love. If you truly enjoy something, chances are people aren't willing to pay you to do it. Or inversely, if you enjoyed what you were doing they wouldn't have to pay you.

And it's spelled "diarrhea."

RandomlyGenerated wrote:

Then you would have never cut it at TGI Fridays, Vrikk. We had a couple of positively fla-ming gay guys working there who would (this was in 1993, I was 17) would grab your ass, bump their ass against you or come up behind you and say things like "I'd like to suck the filling out of you". Ummm.... yeah. Kind of funny to think how drastically things have changed in just 10 years. That happened today and I'd be a millionaire.

Good lord.

Rat Boy wrote:
*Legion* wrote:

"And the reason is YOOOOOOOOOOOU!"

May you get a violent case of "DIARREAH!!!!" for invoking that band.

I'm not a perfect person.

I was in a super high-intensity job in the early '90s. Travelled 2-3 weeks a month, Asia and Europe. I was in charge of these little divisions. Finally, at my recommendation, we shut down pretty much everything I was running. In the middle of it, my direct boss got fired.

Then they forgot about me. Here I was, sitting in my loft, collecting a very nice paycheck, getting profit sharing, and literally I had been completely forgotten. I spent several months going to the gym and playing video games before it just finally got ridiculous and I called up the CEO and said "hey, this is cool, but you should really fire me."

So they did.

No regrets at all.

It was either discharge, or the brig.

rabbit wrote:

Then they forgot about me. Here I was, sitting in my loft, collecting a very nice paycheck, getting profit sharing, and literally I had been completely forgotten. I spent several months going to the gym and playing video games before it just finally got ridiculous and I called up the CEO and said "hey, this is cool, but you should really fire me."

So they did.

No regrets at all.

Wow.

rabbit..will you marry me?
(i'm not picky if you are male or female..just keep the toenail clippings off the couch)

I left my last job because I worked for the older angrier brother of "printer toss" guy, his wife the uber moral republican COO, a racist cowboy engineer, 2 seventh day adventist techs (oh..I cant work on weekends!), a wife beating texan PR manager, and a jazz musician frenchman. It was literally like working inside the CLUE board game. If only I had a candlestick...

rabbit wrote:

I was in a super high-intensity job in the early '90s. Travelled 2-3 weeks a month, Asia and Europe. I was in charge of these little divisions. Finally, at my recommendation, we shut down pretty much everything I was running. In the middle of it, my direct boss got fired.

Then they forgot about me. Here I was, sitting in my loft, collecting a very nice paycheck, getting profit sharing, and literally I had been completely forgotten. I spent several months going to the gym and playing video games before it just finally got ridiculous and I called up the CEO and said "hey, this is cool, but you should really fire me."

So they did.

No regrets at all.

!!

I hate you so much. I'm coming out of HL2DM retirement just to hit you many many times with the crowbar.

Why does everyone either want to hit me or marry me? I'm just tellin' a story. !!!

Oh yes, I will be on tomorrow night, so feel free to crowbar away.

I worked as a support technician for an open source company. After a while, I was assistant manager in all but name. Then ... my boss was fired. No reason was given, though I believe it was because he would be been too difficult in the upcoming situation. Suddenly I'm manager, and having to deal with his boss ... who turned out to be psycho. (The first thing she told me when I accepted the job was "don't write anything down.")

I'm placed in charge of downsizing our support group, deciding who is going to go and who is going to move up to a higher-level support group, since our group was being outsourced to the Philippines (which turned into a huge fiasco). After making these decisions, my boss told me to wait until just after Christmas (3 months away) and then spring it on the employees.

The part where I failed was that somehow the employees found out about who was going to be fired, probably from sifting through information on my desk. So now things have turned really south, as the employees are pissed - some because they were being fired, but mostly because we had planned to spring it on them right after Christmas.

So ... the employees decide to have a going-away party for the folks who are leaving. This party occurs at the home of one of the employees. I attend this party, but leave after a couple of hours. After I leave, they burn an effigy of my boss. They take pictures. These pictures are brought into the office.

An employee who was not at the party, but was friendly with the boss, goes ballistic on the guy with the pictures. Yellling, screaming, cursing. He finally goes to the boss and tells her. An inquistion ensues.

After months of deciding which people to get rid of, I find out that my boss has changed her mind. Without any kind of warning or notification to me, HR comes for three (not all) of the people involved in the effigy incident and fires them. Nothing was done to the employee that screamed and cursed at the employee who brought the pictures in.

At that point I went to HR and told them to move me or I would quit. I quit two weeks later.

Rubb Ed wrote:

Probably the one time I wrote down (for a job I wasn't all that interested in) "Left due to employer throwing a printer on the floor due to router failure".

Yeah, homeboy was a whack-job with a temper.

I hear that. I left a job after a former emloyer threw skis and and a snowboard in my direction after I forgot to ship out a pair of ice skates to some kid in Nova Scotia. He lost his mind. Screamed and threw stuff...and then after said "I'm really sorry, but you made me angry." I told him thanks for the apology, but no thanks. The wife-beater defence cuts no mustard with this lady.

And the reason I forgot to ship the skates? I was working on training a new employee at another store using the training manual I had just finished writing for them.

This is always a fun one to explain to new employers.