After reading the last entry in your blog, I start wondering what would be your take on my current situation, so here goes a question for you.
I’m working as a contractor for a 100 Fortune company in the US, while I wait for my greencard process to complete.
After 4 months in this position, and a few weeks of going back and forth with my superior about my frustration with the way he delegates tasks to me (no clarity of assignments and no provision of the necessary resources to get to the desired result), I decided to resign.
The only reason I resigned is this direct supervisor, which I think lacks leadership skills (he communicates very poorly his expectations to subordinates and sometimes shows disrespect for them by not letting them know of important changes in a timely manner) and, as already mentioned, doesn’t know how to properly delegate assignments to his team.
My resignation has been communicated by my supervisor to his bosses, but I’m staying for two more months so I can finish the work I’m doing and offer some guidance to my replacement before I leave. I’m in a senior support position, and because the business partners I serve like my work a lot, other groups in the same company are now trying to recruit me.
When I am asked by the people interviewing me (inside and outside the same company) why I decided to leave my current position, what should I say? Is it a good answer to say that my supervisor and I had different management styles and I felt I wasn’t a good fit for his needs?
Your comments will be highly appreciated.
I believe that interviewing for internal positions is very different than interviewing for external positions. Internally, they already know your work and they know your manager.
I think in this case a very polite, “Bob and I have different styles,” would be appropriate. I imagine that the people trying to recruit you already know this–please note, they are after you to join their group, not Bob.
Externally, you’ve got a more difficult row to hoe. 4 months in a position needs explanation. You may have to say the whole “different styles” thing to explain why you left. Especially since you are working towards your greencard. Does quitting this job make it more difficult to get that greencard?
The problem with leaving a large company after so short a time is that it’s difficult to state convincingly, “there weren’t any promotional opportunities available” because, really, there are. And if you are looking for positions in a similar industry, with a similar size you probably don’t want to give the “I’m looking for a different corporate culture.”
So, yes, overall I think you will have to mention the differences in style. But you don’t insult your former (current) boss. Don’t do that ever. And hopefully your resume has a longer term job prior to this position so you aren’t branded as a job hopper.
I bet, though, that you’ll get hired internally and you won’t have to worry about any short positions.