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Like some individuals I’ve spoken with, there are those who are finding it difficult to know what to say to their next employer when their old position was definitely full of negativity, and unethical behavior.

Now, the last thing you want in the next opportunity is to present what you didn’t like about your old job. That’s a big turnoff and can be seen as something that this new company doesn’t want to deal with.

They are looking for someone who can solve a need that they have and if you’re focused on the problems of why you left and not the problems of why you came to help them, then that interview may end without an offer pretty quickly.

There are some things that we need to let go of sometimes and negative baggage is one of them. The sooner you can dismiss it the better off you’ll be; unless it has some long term emotionally psychological effects on you; to which I’m in no credentialed position to legally or intellectually tell you what you should or should not do there. No ma’am, no sir; not my area of expertise and you should probably consult a professional if that happens.

But the point is there is still opportunity for you. There is always opportunity and that’s what you should begin focusing on no matter what stage in the game you’re at.

Ask yourself, “what is the opportunity knowing what I know about myself, my skills and abilities, and my dreams and passions? What can I do well? Where is there a need, and who can I serve?”

Knowing all of this, you can confidently seek the next opportunity without a negative past in mind, but with the intention of wanting to help someone or some organization in need.

If someone ever asks you why you left the old company, or why you are seeking a new position, there’s nothing wrong with being completely honest and saying, “I saw a need in your company, and I feel that I’m the answer to your prayers”.

 

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Comment by Robert Clinton on August 9, 2012 at 10:49am

It's what it all boils down! ;-) Thanks Peter...

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on August 9, 2012 at 8:22am
Closing line is a killer! Great stuff.

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