The Career Doctor™

by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers? Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of your own, use our anonymous form, and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here. Contact information is here.

HOW DO I EXPLAIN TO INTERVIEWERS WHY I QUIT MY JOB?

Dear Career Doctor:

I went to a good college and took a job in a good company when I graduated. The job turned out to be so boring that I just couldn't stand it. After a year I quit and waitressed for a while to earn money to travel. I spent a year in Australia traveling and waitressing to earn money. Now I am back trying to get a good job. I am having no luck. If I get an interview (rarely) they always ask, "Why did you quit and become a waitress?" I don't seem to have an answer that pleases them because I never get a second interview. What can I do?

Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth:

Always tell the most positive version of the truth in an interview. I would say something like, "I quit because I didn't like the job. I gave it a year, but it just wasn't right for me. I waitressed to earn money to travel. I am a hard-worker and good with people, so I always got good tips. I traveled for a year and really enjoyed it. I am glad I did it while I was young, but I have sown my wild oats and I am ready to settle down and get really serious about building a career. So, I will guarantee to work really hard for you if you hire me."

The Career Doctor


 

The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.

Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.

 

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