Consulting Filter: How do I justify leaving my first project significantly earlier then completion?
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Well, I took the position and am about 6 months in, and things could be better. The project is a mess, I was originally told it was going to be a year contract, within 3 months, it was extended out to 3 years, now it's looking like 5 years minimum. There is a significant disconnect between the executive management of the client to our project managers, and there are competing consulting firms on the project (one firm that failed the project, the software firm, and my consulting company). Additionally, there has been significant turnover including consulting project managers, and the stress on myself is high (working 6 days a week minimum, including travel).
I've tried to cut down on my travel which would help, but due to the high turnover and communication mess of the project, I have not had much success. For the record, I'm pretty much a specialized UI and SQL programmer, so 99% of what I can do can be accomplished remotely. There has been a very similar position open up in my home city through my recruiting company, which I emailed my recruiter about but am waiting to hear back from her. There are also 75% travel positions open that would cut my travel time down to less then a quarter of what I'm traveling now. So pretty much, the work week can be cut down significantly.
I hate the area, hate the politics of this gig, but can manage to suck it up for a couple of months; but I cannot see this project to completion due to the unknown timeframe and stress. I'm technically a W2 sub contractor for a consulting company who in turn is employed by the client. So how can I justify to both her, and future employers, why I bounced from my first consulting gig before project completion?