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Old 07-19-2012, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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I asked this before and everyone said not to worry about it, but sadly every interview I have had it has become a glitch in the process.

I worked my last job for one year. I left because I absolutely hated it. I was about to have a nervous breakdown. I found my current job, which I thought would be my dream job.

I stepped into my new job so excited. The first day I started I knew I made it a mistake. My boss had me fly in for training with her. I saw her for one hour over three days. She said I would be trained, and I barely heard from her over the last few months.

Now I am on shaky ground, (nothing to do and not sure if it will last) so I am job hunting.

Every interview they ask why I was at my previous job for only a year, and already looking after being with my new job for such a short time.

I try to be as honest as possible, but I stumble over my words, and it doesn't sound good. Any ideas?
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:05 PM
 
Location: California
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I asked this before and everyone said not to worry about it, but sadly every interview I have had it has become a glitch in the process.

I worked my last job for one year. I left because I absolutely hated it. I was about to have a nervous breakdown. I found my current job, which I thought would be my dream job.

I stepped into my new job so excited. The first day I started I knew I made it a mistake. My boss had me fly in for training with her. I saw her for one hour over three days. She said I would be trained, and I barely heard from her over the last few months.

Now I am on shaky ground, (nothing to do and not sure if it will last) so I am job hunting.

Every interview they ask why I was at my previous job for only a year, and already looking after being with my new job for such a short time.

I try to be as honest as possible, but I stumble over my words, and it doesn't sound good. Any ideas?
What industry? Some have standard employment lengths that are longer or shorter than others. If a year is within industry standard, you could possibly allude to that. Especially if you are trying to do any change of industry.

How long is the commute? Are you trying to change industries? And, if all else fails, go with "it is not a good fit" and that you are trying to be proactive about making a change. I may be able to help you spin it, but I need more details of the current job, etc to find the "good" reason that will stop the stumbling.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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What industry? Some have standard employment lengths that are longer or shorter than others. If a year is within industry standard, you could possibly allude to that. Especially if you are trying to do any change of industry.

How long is the commute? Are you trying to change industries? And, if all else fails, go with "it is not a good fit" and that you are trying to be proactive about making a change. I may be able to help you spin it, but I need more details of the current job, etc to find the "good" reason that will stop the stumbling.
The commute is over an hour each way. Sometimes more if the traffic is bad. I didn't factor in the commute when selecting this job because it was supposed to be a virtual position. (between gas and tolls it adds up to a signicant amount of money of a year's time)

The industry is health and wellness promotion. I was told I would be given a year to settle in, but that was taken away. I think it is a clash of personalities with my direct boss.

Anyway, the reason I left my previous job was because it was not a good fit. So this one I don't want to say the same thing, it will sound awful. The other link gave great info.

Thanks for letting me vent!
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:43 AM
 
Location: USA
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Always put a positive spin on it, if possible: looking for new challenges, wanted to try your hand at something different, wanted to find a place where you thought you could better grow your career.

That being said, if the commute is too long or brutal, I think it's okay to use that as a reason. Most people can relate to it, and it is far more objective than "my boss was terrible."

Good luck!
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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The main thing, never bad mouth previous employer. You can swing this positive if you try. Use the commute, as with gas and time on road, costing more than you can afford. You can state, with care, that promises were made, and you have fulfilled your part of the agreement, yet they have not. Nothing more. State you did a little background work on the company before you accepted the job, and it seemed ok, but now, no, different. use a little on these lines and that will ameliorize the connotation of job hopper.
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