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Old 04-01-2019, 04:32 PM
 
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I started a job about a month ago. I'm not sure if I can keep it long term, due to a significant schedule difference from what was advertised and discussed prior to hiring.



I have an interview tomorrow morning. So it will come up if I'm working now. And they will ask why am I looking for a job. I would have never been looking for a job at this point, if I could do the schedule advertised.



I have a 5 year old that will be starting kindergartner in the fall. I was trying to be available for transportation. Now I can't do that. I don't know if I can work something out for school transportation, but I'm not going to pay someone else to do that.



So the issue is this. What to I say at the interview as to why I'm looking for a job when I just started one?



I like the job I have now, and may be having to deal with other worse issues at the new job.



And NO, my current employer won't budge on the schedule.
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:05 PM
 
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What to I say at the interview as to why I'm looking for a job when I just started one?
The truth. Tell them the schedule where you work changed from what you expected and it does not work with your parental obligations. The best way to get what you want or need out of this next job opportunity is to be transparent about this. If they don't hire you over that, then it's probably for the best since this is an important part of your life and clearly it's not something they want to deal with. Find an employer who is okay with being flexible; it'll save you stress down the road.

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Old 04-01-2019, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, East Side
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Just tell them the truth.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:37 PM
 
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Incompatible schedule, particularly involving child care and whatnot, is a perfectly legitimate reason to look for another job regardless of how long you have been at your current job. More so if it was a case of your employer promising one thing and then changing things without being accommodating.

The key is to be truthful that while you do like your job, the schedule will just not work and not saying anything else negative.
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Old 04-02-2019, 05:27 AM
 
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"I recently started at XYZ Co while awaiting this interview; however, my main objective remains exploring this role within your firm as it was on my radar first and it is a better fit for me professionally."
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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The truth. Tell them the schedule where you work changed from what you expected and it does not work with your parental obligations. The best way to get what you want or need out of this next job opportunity is to be transparent about this. If they don't hire you over that, then it's probably for the best since this is an important part of your life and clearly it's not something they want to deal with. Find an employer who is okay with being flexible; it'll save you stress down the road.
I was in this same exact situation a couple years ago. I quit job after two months because they changed my schedule to evenings and weekends right after I started. A prospective employer reached out for an interview soon after and asked me what happened there. I was honest and told them that my schedule was changed right after I started and that is why I decided to quit. The lady just said "...Interesting..." and moved on. I knew my chances were slim when she showed no empathy and understanding for why I left. They decided to hire someone else. However, in a span of four months, they re-posted that job three times on Indeed so I don't think they were making good hiring decisions anyway. Lots of turnover me thinks.
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Old 04-02-2019, 08:34 AM
 
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I was in this same exact situation a couple years ago. I quit job after two months because they changed my schedule to evenings and weekends right after I started. A prospective employer reached out for an interview soon after and asked me what happened there. I was honest and told them that my schedule was changed right after I started and that is why I decided to quit. The lady just said "...Interesting..." and moved on. I knew my chances were slim when she showed no empathy and understanding for why I left. They decided to hire someone else. However, in a span of four months, they re-posted that job three times on Indeed so I don't think they were making good hiring decisions anyway. Lots of turnover me thinks.
Some hiring managers will be like that, unfortunately, and that's fine. They have every right to pick what they want or need. However, I think there are others who'd be willing to accommodate if they are excited about the candidate. Managers work around people's schedules for all sorts of reasons. As long as it works for the requirements of the job, and the manager has a flexible management style, then it should work out just fine. When I was interviewing, I was told that there was lots of flexibility in this role and that I could do a lot of my work in the evenings if need be. It's all about what they need, and whether they are willing to accommodate from there.

If there's anything I've learned in my career, it's to be honest and transparent about what you're looking for. You might not be a fit for every single role out there, and that's perfectly okay. It's better to find something that is a good fit for all parties involved.
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Old 04-02-2019, 09:01 AM
 
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I was in this same exact situation a couple years ago. I quit job after two months because they changed my schedule to evenings and weekends right after I started. A prospective employer reached out for an interview soon after and asked me what happened there. I was honest and told them that my schedule was changed right after I started and that is why I decided to quit. The lady just said "...Interesting..." and moved on. I knew my chances were slim when she showed no empathy and understanding for why I left. They decided to hire someone else. However, in a span of four months, they re-posted that job three times on Indeed so I don't think they were making good hiring decisions anyway. Lots of turnover me thinks.

They should state in their ad that they are looking for someone who has no life outside of work...no family, friends or other obligations and will be able to flip schedules on a days notice. I'm not even joking. That's what they need to look for if they want someone who will work any time 24/7.
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Old 04-02-2019, 11:29 AM
 
Location: NNV
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They should state in their ad that they are looking for someone who has no life outside of work...no family, friends or other obligations and will be able to flip schedules on a days notice. I'm not even joking. That's what they need to look for if they want someone who will work any time 24/7.
Is the job for vehicle reposession or scanning license plates?
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:47 PM
 
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The interview went well. It's kind of different interviewing when I don't need a job. The manager told me when I would hear from him vs me asking. That job seems really interesting.



But I actually like my job. I resent the management for baiting me into a bad schedule. But I like the work and my coworkers.
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