How do I explain why I quit a job after 3 months?
July 13, 2014 1:17 AM Subscribe
I left a job after 3 months due to personal reasons and a contractual dispute. How can I explain this to new employers without sounding as though I was fired?
I left a job of several years for another that only lasted a few months. The new company was going through a lot of changes. My boss was forced out, I was moved to a different department, various departments torn down, a lot of roles were out-sourced (with the in-house employees' duties significantly reduced).
I was going through a difficult period (dealing with a death, handling the affairs of the estate, dealing with family etc) and I wasn't happy with my role in the company at all.
Then came new contracts. The new contracts were proposed and we were told we had to sign them. I asserted my rights and after various discussions with HR, my manager, the issue came to a head when a C-level exec got involved. He basically said the new contracts are not optional and I either take it or leave it. I could not deal with the stress of fighting C-levels each day (until I signed). I handed in my notice the day my probation ended and we agreed on one week's notice.
I'm now struggling how to explain the situation to new employers. Many are not happy with a short, neutral response and the HR people ask several follow up questions. I don't want to bad-mouth a past employer, nor to appear as though all my personal problems will affect my work, nor that I can't stay at a job.
I work in a field with plenty of opportunities right now and my skills are up-to-date.
Any (honest/brutal) advice will be greatly received.