During the course of interviewing for a new job you are sure
to be asked for the reason you are leaving your current job. How you answer
this question is important. Let me guide you through a little exercise to
assist you in formulating your response.
First, I would like you to make a list all the reasons you
want to leave your current position. Maybe it's the work atmosphere or maybe
your have a boss who is a micromanager. Or perhaps the nurses are hard to get
along with and making your workday miserable. Politics - there are always
It could be your work schedule you dislike, such as the
hours or days you are working. And then there are the patients - too few or too
demanding - it's usually one or the other. Or pay, could be that you feel that
you are not being paid what you are worth and you don't see a raise anywhere in
Great, now that you have the negatives out of your system
please tear up that list and never speak of it again.
Instead, I want you to replace the list with all the reasons
you want a new position. And this list is going to focus on all the positives
of a job change. In this list you will reframe being "sick of your current
dysfunctional co-workers" to "seeking new people and new challenges." You
desire "opportunities for growth" and you have "achieved the maximum potential growth
at your current job."
Of course you will
remark on how much you have learned, and how you will use that knowledge in
your next position. Your dissatisfaction with your pay should be put on the
backburner until you are actually negotiating an offer and not brought up as a
reason for leaving your current job. I am presuming that you did enough
homework prior to the interview to be assured that the pay range for the new
job meets your expectations. If you don't already know the pay they are
offering then shame on you!
My point with all this is that you need to project a
positive attitude during your interview. Find a way to put a positive spin on
your experiences. Nobody wants to hire someone who is a complainer or who is
negative. Employers put a great deal of weight and importance on behavior. How
you act during an interview is a proxy of how you might act with your
colleagues, and more importantly, how you might act with a patient.
Oh, and if you have been taking your work complaints to your
social media page you might want to do some turbo deleting.