Explaning job departure in new job application
July 8, 2011 8:29 AM Subscribe
How to explain why I left working for a summer camp now that I am applying for a position that asks for whether I have been fired, or mutually let go for any reason of a job in the past five years as it pertains to a government position?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was hired to work at a summer camp as a medication assistant, and after approximately 2.5 weeks decided to leave. It was a stressful event and I cried as I tried to figure out whether to stay on the position or let it go. After discussing with the director, it was decided it would be a good fit for me to leave; we both mutually believed it to be the best thing.
Although I enjoyed working with kids and helping others, I did not enjoy seeing kids vomit or dealing with nose bleeds. I also got diarrhea during my short stay and this coupled with just the feeling of "germs" everywhere I went made me unhappy and wanting to leave.
Now, I am applying to a position where they ask specifically for any jobs where I have been fired, or mutually let go of for any reason in the past five years (this is for a government position).
How do I explain what happened? In being honest, I just don't know how to say in words that I got the position and was excited but then to find out that I would be transporting kids to the emergency room; and then dealing with tense parents for stitches talking to them on the phone; or watching a counselor vomit due to heat exhaustion; or having a girl with a high fever stay in our residence because her parents did not want to pick her up and have to pay for a babysitter; or dealing with just germs on a constant basis was just not my thing.
Since I worked there for a short term - should I leave this off my resume completely? Or should I just keep this on my resume because it does relate to my career goals and explains a time gap?
Any advice on this, I'm stuck -- would be appreciated.