Explaining why youre looking for a new job when youre still employed can be awkward. Heres our 5 tips to help you answer.
5 Tips for Explaining Why Youre Looking for a New JobBy Jennifer Parris
There are a number of questions you know will be asked during a job interview. One of those questions is often, Why are you looking for a new job?
When youre employed, it can be somewhat awkward to explain why youre looking for a new job. Of course, you should always answer honestly. But, you also dont want to bad-mouth your boss or current company.
So, how do you explain why youre looking for a new job when youre already employed? Here are five tips to help you out!
1. Youve Outgrown the Position
Gone are the days when people stay with one company their entire career. But unless the position has grown and changed with you, your might feel bored or uninspired by the job.
Its acceptable to state that while youve loved working for the company and have learned so much in your job, you feel that youve learned everything that you can and are looking for a job with new challenges where you can better utilize your skills and experience.
2. Explain What Problems Youll Solve
While explaining why you want a new job is an acceptable answer, dont stop there. Take it a step further and explain how youre a problem solver, that youd like to solve problems for the company, and how that advances your career.
For example, you could point out potential pain points the organization might be facing and then explain how you plan to solve them with your fresh ideas, experience, and knowledge. Then focus the rest of your answer on why this new job aligns better with your career goals and where you want your career path headed in the future.
3. Youre Changing Careers
One of the easiest ways to explain why you want to leave your current position is that youve changed career interests. Its a sign that you know what works for you and what doesntliterally.
So, if you are applying for a new job that is different from your former field, let your interviewer know that you are changing career paths and that working for this company would be in line with your new career goals. Then explain all of your transferable skills and experience to show that you are qualified for the job.
4. Its the Next Logical Step
Sometimes youve gone as far as you can go in your career at your current company, but you want to go farther. It might be because the company is small, and theres no room for you to move up the career ladder. Or, it could be that your current company has a narrow focus, and youve decided you want to work on broader or larger projects.
Whatever it is, explain how the new role at the new company helps you advance along your career path while mentioning how your current skill set will benefit the employer.
5. Tell Them This Is Your Dream Role or Company
Employers arent just looking for anyone to fill open job positions. They want job seekers who ardently want to work for their organization. Make your answer less about your current employer and more about why the hiring managers company is the perfect fit for you. Explain how you believe in their mission statement, support their humanitarian efforts, and connect with their company culture.
These can show a potential employer that youve not only researched the company but that youll fit in well with the company and wont leave after six months.
Explaining why youre looking for a new job when you already have one is a balancing act. Focusing your answer on what you can offer the company and why its the right career move for you can help you impress the hiring manager.
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