There’s no reason to include “reason for leaving” bullet points on your resume. Hiring managers don’t expect job candidates to explain why they left previous positions in their application materials. That’s typically a topic of discussion that will be covered in the interview.
Including this information in your resume will only raise concerns — regardless of how valid your reason may have been. Put simply, there’s no upside to expressing even a small amount of negativity about a current or former boss or company.
These job applicants didn’t help their cause:
“REASON FOR LEAVING: I was fired because I told my boss off a few times.”
Once wasn’t enough?
“REASON FOR LEAVING: The job was not gloryous.”
Neither is your spelling.
“REASON FOR LEAVING: Insane hours. Had to work 12 days a week.”
No wonder you left.
“REASON FOR LEAVING: Boatloads of STRESS!”
You’re stressing the wrong details.
“REASON FOR LEAVING: I was a young and hungry graphic designer.”
The company didn’t have a snack machine?
“REASON FOR LEAVING: Management!”
The exclamation point tells us all we need to know.
“REASON FOR LEAVING: Hate my new boss even more than all my other old bosses.”
Perhaps they aren’t the problem.
“REASON FOR LEAVING: My boss stole my last two checks.”
Now that’s a good reason!
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