How to Explain Your Short Term Jobs

Have you experienced getting hired, but soon after you regret taking the job? Sometimes, we end up with jobs that do not really fit our skills, and that we were only hired because the hiring manager may have misled us. There are instances when managers promise candidates excellent offers and benefits that don’t eventuate, just to get people hired.

If you can no longer stand the job you didn’t expect to be doing, how are you going to explain your two or three-month term as an employee to a new potential employer?

Here are things you should consider to help you in your decisions.

Take a look at your job history

Have a solid work history? Then, one short-term job should not be a problem. Let’s say, your previous job lasted for five years, and in the next job, you were able to reach your fourth year. However, if you have a series of short term jobs in the past, then you should consider that the problem is you and not your manager or the company you’d worked for. In this case, you have to consider toughing out the new job until situations get better. Otherwise, you might find it hard to look for a new job if you quit.

Get back to your old job

If you quit your former job on good terms, you may try to ask your old company about getting your job back. Explain why leaving them was a mistake. Know that there’s no guarantee that they’ll accept you but there’s nothing wrong with trying.

If your previous manager decides not to rehire you for some reason, you still need his or her reference to find a new job. You might need help with networking and referrals.

Evaluate your finances

Before you decide to quit your current job, make sure that you have another job waiting for you or potential jobs to fall back on. Ask yourself if you can literally afford to leave the job. If not, stick it out until you have enough time to get interviews for new jobs.

Let’s say that you’ve saved enough money to get you through unemployment. Consider the fact that it may take a year or more before you can find a better job. Thus, keeping to a budget is necessary.

Don’t blame your boss

It doesn’t hurt if you admit that it was your mistake. While it’s okay to bring up in a job interview that things were not what you expected in your previous job, it may be best to avoid speaking disloyally of your short-term jobs bosses or company. It is safer to comment that you work better in a different environment, or that it wasn’t a good fit. And then make clear as to why this new job might be a better fit for you.

Before you make your decisions final, consider the points we’ve mentioned above. Contact us at for enquiries.

Published by: Admin Officer on Dec 14, 2018