Reasons why you are leaving – what to tell your employer
So, you’ve had the call from a recruitment agency or an employer directly, and its great news – your interview was a success & they want to offer you the job. You are thrilled, excited and have a new challenge on the horizon, but then there is a niggle in the back of your head – how am I going to tell my boss?
As the leading fixed fee recruitment advertising agency to the shipping, freight forwarding & logistics industry, we’d always recommend being professional, and never burn your bridges with the company you are leaving – you never know when your paths will cross again in the future.
So, our suggestions for reasons would be one of the following:
I found a job with better career progression – maybe one of the main reasons you decided to look elsewhere is the lack of internal opportunities to advance? If that is the case, be honest and tell them that your ambitious.
I need a new challenge – It’s not you… it’s me. This is normally best suited to employees who have been working in the same role for a long period of time.
I’ve been offered a better salary – Let’s face it, we all go to work for money, so you will probably not need to elaborate, but this may encourage your manager to make a counter offer to make you stay. So, if you have made your mind up that you are leaving, regardless of any increase they can offer – make sure you make this clear now, to save wasting everyone’s time.
I need more job security – it could be that your employer is downsizing or there are rumours of redundancy. Everyone needs stability, so this is a perfectly good reason to state, unless your conclusions are based on hearsay alone, which can be a bit awkward.
I need more flexibility – more and more employers are offering flexible working, so if you have managed to find a position than gives a better life / work balance, then state this, as it may cause the company to have internal discussion for other / future employees, as this will be a key benefit to attract future employees and retain existing staff.
Of course, there are many more reasons, and if they are more negative we would certainly suggest not to be bitter, and always leave with your professionalism intact. Plus, you never know when you may need a reference.
SDW eRecruit is a specialist fixed fee recruiter to the shipping, freight forwarding and logistics industry, based in Southampton & Felixstowe, but covering the whole of the UK.