How do I answer "Why did you leave your last job?"

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    I'm a new grad nurse who has spent the last 8+ years working in fast food (the last 6.5 of those as an assistant manager.) My boss is the main reason I went back to school, the reason I worked so hard to pass nursing school, graduate, and pass my boards.

    He doesn't think before he says things, and sometimes is just the meanest/rudest person I've ever met. He says things that makes you feel like you are scum, the biggest idiot ever... (I dealt with it because until graduating, all I had was a GED and I made really good money that I wouldn't have made he worked around my school schedule & I loved my coworkers like family.) All through school he would tell me "I hope you fail" when I would say how worried I was about an exam, "Maybe they'll kick you out" when I had clinicals...things of that sort.

    Long story short, after I graduated, I was talking about how worried I was about NCLEX & was stressed out, and he told me "I bet your husband is so depressed having to wake up next to you." That was the last straw! I was over it; my husband had already said if my boss said one more negative thing, to just put in my 2 weeks notice. So I did. Let me just say, best feeling ever & I have not regretted it once.

    Anyways, I don't know what to say when this comes up at a job interview. I know better than to bad mouth my ex-boss to my potentially new one. My husband tells me to just say "I wanted to focus 100% on finding the perfect facility to begin my career as a RN" but I just don't know how that would come across.

    I've thought of telling them something along the lines of: "My boss wasn't very happy when I went back to school because he knew I would be leaving eventually. Once I graduated, his attitude made the work environment negative, so I felt it was best to put in my 2 weeks and focus on finding a positive place to begin my career as a RN."

    ??? What do you think? Any other ideas?

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  3. 12 Comments...

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    Go with the husbands idea....
    Meriwhen, texasmum, joanna73, and 3 others like this.
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    Yep, husbands idea is a good one. Do not say anything negative about your previous boss. Short and simple, your husband rocks.
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    Thanks y'all!
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    A prospective employer can deduce that the reason you left your fast food job was because you graduated from nursing school and wanted to get a nursing job. It may not come up during an interview at all. I was never asked anything like that when I was a new grad since my previous jobs were obviously college student jobs.
    katielea, VivaLasViejas, Castle59, and 2 others like this.
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    I think it's obvious to just say you are a nurse now and left because you want a nursing job. The boss issue should never come up. Anyone could easily list ten reasons why you'd not want to work in fast food anymore.
    Soumeya, AJJKRN, llg, and 6 others like this.
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    No one will even ask since employers understand that people change fields for various reasons. Consider how some of your transferrable skills will be an asset to nursing and focus on those to sell yourself.
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    My usual is that I am looking for new opportunities. That way when you find a job, you will be available immediately.
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    Quote from green34
    My usual is that I am looking for new opportunities. That way when you find a job, you will be available immediately.
    I really like that! Thanks! I think I will use that idea and what my husband suggested. Thanks everyone for the just got to get an interview
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    "no room for advancement" is vague and innocuous enough to work in a pinch.

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