This advice post is in honor of someone I met with recently who I gave this advice to in person but I thought there are others who can benefit from these words, too.
When you move on from your last job, sometimes it is because of a bad or uncomfortable situation. Sometimes you do not get along with your boss or sometimes you do get along with your boss until all of a sudden, you do not. Often, you move on because there is a better opportunity and you are managing your career to find those opportunities but a lot of the time, people move on because they are unhappy with some aspect of their current job.
No matter what the situation, keep it to your chest. In other words, do not complain about and otherwise bad mouth your former job, co workers or boss. This is never ever a good thing to do. I understand we are all human and as such we have a need to vent -but it just makes you look bad. As much as you think it makes your old boss look bad, it does not. It leads anyone who has any professional experience to think "oh, so that is how you are as an employee". The best thing to do in any situation is to take the high road - speak openly and honestly but without the emotional tinges so just say, one of the following reasons for why you moved on:
1) "I was not as happy there as I could have been and decided to move on."
2) "It was time for me to find a new opportunity"
3) "It was time for me to move on - I had become bored in the routine and were looking for a new challenge."
4) "I needed to follow my career plan and this fit into it."
Just keep the bad feelings and hurt to yourself, your best friends/family and/or therapist. It is not something to broadcast to everyone and anyone. Do not under any circumstances go on a diatribe about how terrible the old boss was, how everyone hates said old boss and that you are so happy to be rid of said old boss.
What do you think about my moving on advice? Have you ever met and hired an employee who bad mouthed their previous boss? Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen