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Old 10-11-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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Hello all,

About 2 months ago I quit my job. Yes, I know it may not have been the best idea (financially) in this economy. However, I had to leave to save my sanity. I worked for this passive-aggressive boss who found ways to put me down and demean mine and my team's work. Ironically, she also took on extra projects that my team couldn't handle, forcing us to work late on a regular basis. My depression grew and my confidence dwindled so low that I couldn't even sell myself on job interviews. I had been saving money and ended up with enough to last me at least 10 months. I decided I needed a break.

Anyway, I enjoyed doing nothing for a month, then I traveled for a few weeks. Now, I'm back home and ready to work again. I also enrolled in a certificate program to keep my brain fresh. When I apply for new jobs, should I point out that I left or not? Obviously, I won't get into the mental anguish reasons. I was thinking about writing something like "I recently left my last job to travel and pursue a certificate program."

Any input or tips you can give are appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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When I apply for new jobs, should I point out that I left or not?
No. Don't say anything about quitting unless you absolutely have to.

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I was thinking about writing something like "I recently left my last job to travel and pursue a certificate program."
I would omit anything about quitting to travel. It makes you sound flaky.

Also, quitting a job for a certificate that takes 2 months to get doesn't make sense either. They're not going to believe that's why you left. Perhaps if you left to study something that takes a year or more, but not 2 months.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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Or to study something for a career change....
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:10 AM
 
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"Taking care of a family situation that is now well resolved."
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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"Taking care of a family situation that is now well resolved."
That's what I have used before, and it was true.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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That's what I have used before, and it was true.
Thanks for your suggestions, everyone! I did spend some time taking care of my nephew because my sister was recovering from a major surgery - so I guess I could use this explanation.

I had a phone interview before I read these responses and the recruiter basically sneered when I told her I took time off. Luckily, I wasn't all that interested in the position so I don't care if I get a call back or not. However, I find it sad that taking a break from working is looked down upon. I feel refreshed and more motivated than I did while working. I almost wonder if it's better to say I was laid off!
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