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The job interview and the million dollar question..

By thomas_nuffan ·
I'm currently in my final years of college for my associate degree in Technical Support.I'll graduate may '07. To date my resume is pretty solid, I've had the same job for about 6yrs at the local grocery store as a janitor, I have a technical support internship and I also work at a video game store. each job shows strengths showing that I can hold down a job, have field experience and have customer and sales exerience.

However lately at the grocery store things haven't been going so well. Misscommunication in scheduling, the feel of me being the only janitor that does anything...and the feel of me wasting away at this place and I deserve better has caused me to lash out periodicly (in a professional manner of course. The grocery store which was was family owned but since sold out and went copperate has left many with a sour taste in the mouths of both employees and customers.

It is due to these circumstances which lead me to believe that soon I will either quit or perhaps even get fired. either way it doesn't look good that I'll be able to stay face when I would I put that on my resume that I left a job on bad terms? If I opt to leave that out of my resume completely that'll leave qyite the gap. also what do I say to the recruiter when they see that and ask me why I left of bad terms?

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Be honest - it has worked for me

by Deadly Ernest In reply to The job interview and the ...

I have been in the same situation and when asked why I left that particular job I say straight out that there was a change in ownership and management and I found that I was not comfortable with their particular management style so I left. Simple clear and honest - they also get the message not to ask your old boss about what you were like but may ask some of the other worker bees you interacted with.

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Agree 100%

by ap In reply to Be honest - it has worked ...

It is better to leave on your terms. You could always say it was conflicting with your school work. Leaving will also give you time to find something closer to IT to do. Why you are not a janitor any more will count less then lying about it in an interview. And quitting is better than fired, especially if the store could say you where fired for missing shifts. That there was a scheduling miscommunication will be seen as your fault by a perspective employer.

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Turn this to your advantage

by gus.swan In reply to The job interview and the ...

The situation you describe is not necessarily a problem - and could even be used to demonstrate you are not someone who 'settles'. The main thing you want to avoid is getting sacked. And also, its probably best if you did not leave on bad terms. Your best course is to find another job, leave your current one without animosity and if the subject of the job change comes up in an interview explain you were not entirely happy working there and felt it was time for a change.
I would not specifically criticise your work colleagues or management at the old place, but make clear you were discontented and wanted something better for yourself. Any recruiting manager should be able to respond to that sentiment.

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by Shellbot In reply to The job interview and the ...

try and find a position a wee bit closer to IT and your answer is simple..face it a job as a janitor wasn't going to give you IT experience so you left the job for career advancement.
even doing data entry in some back office is closer to if your not picky you'll get something.

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Be prepared....

by JamesRL In reply to The job interview and the ...

I recently asked a candidate why he left a position, fairly common question in interviews. He told me it was private and he couldn't answer. Right there he through up a red flag.

Any answer would have been better than the answer he gave. It showed he wasn't prepared for the interview. You have to anticipate the question.

As some of the other posters have said, its sufficient to say that there was a change of ownership and that the atmosphere changed which prompted you to leave. The fact that you leave on your own accord is important. If you stay and are fired, that looks much worse.


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Janitor is not IT Experience

by Wayne M. In reply to The job interview and the ...

I seriously doubt that anyone checking your experience for an IT job will call an employer about a janitor job or work at a video store. I would say your only concern about the janitor job should be short term, until your graduation.

If you need the job to finish you degree, stick it out. If you can finish your degree more quickly without the job, consider leaving; you will be emotionally and financially better off. If the job becomes too emotionally draining, leave and find a different job to make ends meet.

For an IT position, I would say it is perfectly acceptable to leave off the Janitor and Video Store jobs. Including them provides minimal additional information to a hiring manager. Being a full time student and holding down a technical support internship are more than sufficient to justify what you have done the last couple of years.

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by DC Guy In reply to The job interview and the ...

If I were the hiring manager and I received a resume for an IT job that listed janitorial and clerical jobs under employment history, I would probably burst out laughing. Then I would question the business savvy of the applicant.

Hiring managers get hundreds of resumes and we have to read them quickly. We become irritated when they go too far into the past, include irrelevant info, are poorly organized, or are simply too wordy. And the chance of us hiring the person who irritated us is about zero.

If you don't have an advisor who can help you sort out issues like this, you should get one pronto. If nothing else, read up on the art of resume composition; it's not trivial. Whatever you do, be extremely careful about hiring someone to do it for you. I have seen some utterly dreadful work from "professional" resume writers. Spend your hard-earned money on one of those and, once again, I will have strong reservations about your business sense.

Limit your resume to the things that are relevant to the position. Everyone takes menial jobs in college; we don't need to know the boring details. Jobs like that can be very tough on well-educated, independent-minded people, and it's easy to get fired from one; you need not--and should not--record something that trivial and that embarrassing in a computer document that will live longer than you do.

If someone asks you for details in an interview, then answer the question. Answer honestly but put a good spin on it. Several other people have given you good ideas for that.

But don't volunteer the information. Not orally and certainly not ever in writing.

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who cares

by ericl_w19 In reply to The job interview and the ...

they really cant call and ask much about you with your previous job anyway.and if they do bad mouth you then you can sue them for defamation of character.i worked at compusa for a few years before while i got my degree and then got a real job.i hated that place and had numerous bad spots on my record and i still got hired when i got my degree.infact the day i was going to put in my 2 weeks notice i already had a new job and i did a major screw up.i knew they were goona fire me anyway so i told my boss i was quitting and i left before they could do anything to me.

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by adeyemiadeoye13 In reply to who cares

smart man.. same thing happened to me in compusa in new jersey..

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