Six Reasons You Can Give Prospective Employers That You're Looking For a New Job

A potential employer will ask you why you're looking for a job. Telling them you're interviewing because "my job sucks" or "my boss is a jerk" is a poor strategy. Not only is it uncouth, it will make your potential employer question whether you're a disgruntled ogre. Here are some suggested reasons to tell that prospective employer you're playing the job market. Pick one that fits.

  1. I've heard great things about your company.
  2. I'm ready for a new challenge.
  3. My current organization is small, and I've reached a ceiling.
  4. The commute is too far, I need something closer to home.
  5. I've graduated with my Master's degree, I'm looking for something in that new direction.
  6. My current position is a temporary assignment, I'm looking for something more permanent.

Scott Singer is the President and Founder of Insider Career Strategies Resume Writing & Career Coaching, a firm dedicated to guiding job seekers and companies through the job search and hiring process. He is a Human Resources professional and staffing expert with almost two decades of in-house corporate HR and staffing firm experience, and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC).

Insider Career Strategies provides resume writing, LinkedIn profile development, and career coaching services, including a free resume review. You can email Scott Singer at, or via the website,