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What Caused you to leave a job?

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I think it's time to leave my current employer, it's funny but whenever I searched for this question online it just gave me interview tips which I already know how to answer because my cousin is an HR Rep for a large retail company.

I have been looking to leave this job for some time now and I have sent out resumes casually to interesting prospects, but I wasn't really ready to leave. Now I am. Today, something happened that slapped me awake and told me that I better get out soon. Basically it comes down to technology application mismanagement for me. Meaning that they don't use most technology in the proper way and only take advice from outside consultants (they notice how crappy things are managed) even though they have a full time IT staff. So at any given time in your life what specifically caused you to hand in that letter of resignation? What was the straw that broke the camel's back for you?
 

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I think it's time to leave my current employer, it's funny but whenever I searched for this question online it just gave me interview tips which I already know how to answer because my cousin is an HR Rep for a large retail company.

I have been looking to leave this job for some time now and I have sent out resumes casually to interesting prospects, but I wasn't really ready to leave. Now I am. Today, something happened that slapped me awake and told me that I better get out soon. Basically it comes down to technology application mismanagement for me. Meaning that they don't use most technology in the proper way and only take advice from outside consultants (they notice how crappy things are managed) even though they have a full time IT staff. So at any given time in your life what specifically caused you to hand in that letter of resignation? What was the straw that broke the camel's back for you?

At ESPN the straw that broke the camel's back was getting yelled at for not using record-and-playback. I was actually forced to delete well designed generic functions I wrote to handle tables and replace with record-and-playback steps. In an automated testing shop being forced to use record-and-playback amounts to being a de facto manual tester. I knew the longer I stayed, the worse my know-how was being down-skilled.
 

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At ESPN the straw that broke the camel's back was getting yelled at for not using record-and-playback. I was actually forced to delete well designed generic functions I wrote to handle tables and replace with record-and-playback steps. In an automated testing shop being forced to use record-and-playback amounts to being a de facto manual tester. I knew the longer I stayed, the worse my know-how was being down-skilled.

:yes: Seems like we have a similar situation.
 

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Well, I left because of the dishonesty of well-heeled, nationally recognized and huge corporate good fellows. They were ripping off their clients in a well disguised scam. I found it, and they knew it. I surely didn't announce my finding, but I knew they could tell by my actions. They suddenly were paying for a whole lot of things they believed they'd successfully side-stepped. So, I resigned. I didn't want to be associated with crooks. They may have worn Brooks Brothers suits, but they weren't any better than street thieves.
 

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I quit Wal-Mart because it sucked donkey balls. I quit my job as a veterinary technician to go active duty Army. I quit my job in the Army because I hit 20 years and wanted to start my own business.
 

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The first job I left was a stoggy company, people stayed there forever and didn't push to adopt new processes. I was aggressive, and I just didn't fit in. To get where I wanted to go, I had to leave.

Second job was in oil service in the 1980's, and oil went down for a decade. We laid off tens of thousands of people, no raises for 5 years, and I couldn't wait for the upturn. I had a wife and two little kids, and I had to push my career while the pushing was good.

Third job, I was there 3 years, I proved myself, but I was not the endearing sort. The big boss liked the endearing sorts. The promotions came around, I got passed over, and I was out of there in 6 weeks.

Fourth job, I loved, it was challenging, fast moving, full of smart folks, and I retired after 23 years there. It wasn't perfect, but no place is. The positives far outweighed the negatives. The other thing that came into play was my age. The older you get, you are just not up for the next adventure, jump out of a plane into the jungle, and fight your way out. You get settled, don't want to leave your friends behind. As each decade passes, your objectives and the relative weights you place on those objectives changes. The company I was at when I retired, it was in a very mature industry in the latter years, but I was very mature also, so we matched up in my 50's, where I would have quit in my 30's.

Hope that helps.
 

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I think it's time to leave my current employer, it's funny but whenever I searched for this question online it just gave me interview tips which I already know how to answer because my cousin is an HR Rep for a large retail company.

I have been looking to leave this job for some time now and I have sent out resumes casually to interesting prospects, but I wasn't really ready to leave. Now I am. Today, something happened that slapped me awake and told me that I better get out soon. Basically it comes down to technology application mismanagement for me. Meaning that they don't use most technology in the proper way and only take advice from outside consultants (they notice how crappy things are managed) even though they have a full time IT staff. So at any given time in your life what specifically caused you to hand in that letter of resignation? What was the straw that broke the camel's back for you?

I had left my previous/current job for multiple reasons. The first was disrespect, I got tired of fixing problems that a guy with 40+ years of experience could not figure out, then get treated like I have no idea what I am doing. Then there was a guy who refused to work, when he did it was 15 minutes out of the hour tops. I got tired of hearing I could get no help when flagging 80-120 hours a week when I got paid by the hour not flag, while he stood around and the manager told customers I was slow and lazy and I had plenty of time for more work, while she told the customers that guy was too busy. To make it worse she would tell them he was too busy, and the customers could see him sitting on a bucket for an hour or two at a time.


I ended up quitting that job, then got hired back with a raise, and some concessions. Some of the problems still exist, like I could have 20 cars backed up waiting to work on, but I have to work on a walk in that second, but for the other guys she tells customers they have to drop them off because they are too busy, even if they have only one car each to work on. This fluctuates between the manager and owner, the owner has more industry knowledge, and knows I am near impossible to replace, while the manager worked a brake shop for years, and thinks transmission specialists are idiots who were too stupid to be general mechanics. She also can not figure out why on the transmission side besides me the only one who stayed more than a few months was so bad at his job no one else would hire him, everyone else realized the situation and that the competitors offered less stress and better pay.
 

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I think it's time to leave my current employer, it's funny but whenever I searched for this question online it just gave me interview tips which I already know how to answer because my cousin is an HR Rep for a large retail company.

I have been looking to leave this job for some time now and I have sent out resumes casually to interesting prospects, but I wasn't really ready to leave. Now I am. Today, something happened that slapped me awake and told me that I better get out soon. Basically it comes down to technology application mismanagement for me. Meaning that they don't use most technology in the proper way and only take advice from outside consultants (they notice how crappy things are managed) even though they have a full time IT staff. So at any given time in your life what specifically caused you to hand in that letter of resignation? What was the straw that broke the camel's back for you?

wow,

you and me both today

I am sending out a resume today

can't even believe I am not only thinking of leaving...they either move me or I am gone

the last straw is...this job was a downsize for me to coast into retirement, four levels below my former job... easy, breezy, cover girl

I took a major pay cut but my work load hasn't been cut...in fact they are pressing me to take courses, learn new everything...which so far I have done

final final straw is the woman whose job they want me to take over while they promote her will never allow this to be my job...she will control my every move and our boss is okay with that

adios

I am not willing even for a crap load more money which they will give me

it's not about money any more

sigh
 

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What Caused you to leave a job?

sequester cuts to the NIH or temporary contract position end date. i generally stick with a job until it ends for some lack of funding or stupid corporate reason. i have higher hopes for my current position, though.
 

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I think it's time to leave my current employer, it's funny but whenever I searched for this question online it just gave me interview tips which I already know how to answer because my cousin is an HR Rep for a large retail company.

I have been looking to leave this job for some time now and I have sent out resumes casually to interesting prospects, but I wasn't really ready to leave. Now I am. Today, something happened that slapped me awake and told me that I better get out soon. Basically it comes down to technology application mismanagement for me. Meaning that they don't use most technology in the proper way and only take advice from outside consultants (they notice how crappy things are managed) even though they have a full time IT staff. So at any given time in your life what specifically caused you to hand in that letter of resignation? What was the straw that broke the camel's back for you?

Dead end job
Sold my business
Forced out by mgmt by disrespecting me. They wanted me gone b/c they could hire significantly cheaper.
Moved
Retired

Five positions including 20 years with own business. I'd have to say that, in each case, I lost interest big time. In a few, I no longer respected my coworkers and/or boss. Only fthree on the list were me working for other people.

If you stay in a job you don't like, you are a fool...if you have a choice.
 

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I've been laid off when the business failed, and I quit a couple of jobs to go on to better ones.

I, too, am currently looking to leave my current job to go on to a better (defined as : either a promotion, a better mission, or closer to my home state of Alabama) one.
 

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The last time I did it, my employer put me and a lot of other managers in an unwinnable situation, requiring that we did things that would have very negative consequences, then holding us responsible for those consequences. We were damned if we did and damned if we didn't. So a majority of us said "you know, you can take this job and shove it" and left. The company figured out that they were wrong, but by then they had lost their best and brightest.
 

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I hate working for liars, and people who walk over others just because they think they can.

I had hard a hard time transitioning from the military over to the civilian side because of this.

I quit a job once when the owner's son (project manager) outright lied on several occasions about a co-worker of mine and eventually got him fired. He started on me after the guy was fired. I had enough of him one day and wiped his computer and everything else off his desk onto the floor while he sat there quivering.
 

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A toxic work environment. The job market is no picnic; as a professional, you have to man up and expect to collide with an insecure or egotistical boss or a conniving coworker. But when you look around and realize that jungle law has taken over the place, it's time to get out.
 

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I hate working for liars, and people who walk over others just because they think they can.

I had hard a hard time transitioning from the military over to the civilian side because of this.

I quit a job once when the owner's son (project manager) outright lied on several occasions about a co-worker of mine and eventually got him fired. He started on me after the guy was fired. I had enough of him one day and wiped his computer and everything else off his desk onto the floor while he sat there quivering.

I can relate. A long time ago, I agreed to help out my company and took a position about 2 hours drive from my house, with the understanding that it would be temporary and I'd be moved as soon as a suitable replacement could be found. Two years later, I was still there. I got mad and my boss at the time started making promises that he was trying to get me moved closer to home. He lied. He knew that moving me would take me out of his area and I was his highest producing manager, therefore he was just telling me tall tales to keep me keeping him looking good. When I found out, I was pissed and I can't work for someone who lies to me so I left.
 
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