My boss is a crazy megalomaniac! Please hire me?
April 5, 2014 10:26 AM Subscribe
How do I explain why I left my job when I'm leaving due to issues with my boss?
I am quitting my job because of my boss. He is, as the subject line says, a crazy megalomaniac. He runs the office like it's his personal fiefdom, and keeps everyone in line through bullying and coercion. When I first started, people warned me about spies who would take notes on everything I did and send them along to the boss. He uses staff meetings to berate individual people for minor issues (think misspelled memo, leaving an hour early for a doctor's appointment, not doing a task he never assigned). He also harasses most of the women on the staff, which is what finally got to me.
Because I told him to cut out the touching and stood up to him a couple of other times, he hates me and is making my life extremely difficult - to the point where I am quitting.
The tricky bit is that it's a contract position, and I am leaving before the end of my contract, which is quite rare in my industry. I have a few job interviews lined up and they will all ask why I'm leaving my job, and...I don't really know what to say. I know you're not supposed to complain about your boss in job interviews, and I know that if I tell them that my boss is awful and sexually harasses me, they'll just think I'm a complainer who might turn on them, too. But what do I say? My boss is the only reason I am quitting. I like everything else about the job. "It wasn't a good fit" sounds weird and nebulous and leaves too many options available. My boss is actually just that awful, and I can't do it anymore.
Staying and fulfilling my contract is not an option; this is ruining my life. I've been there a couple years so I can't leave it off my resume. I just want to know how to explain this in the future. I've gotten along well with all of my previous supervisors, and have plenty of references.
Bonus question: My boss will retaliate if I give notice, so I'm not planning to. Is that going to screw me forever?