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How do you explain why you’re looking to leave your current role in an interview? Also, how do you take time off for interviews without it looking obvious?

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You keep it pretty, keep it shallow, and keep it moving. Something like: “I’ve learned a lot on the business(es) I currently work on, but I feel like I’m ready for the next stage and there isn’t room on my team currently for me to take that step.” DO NOT complain about any of the things that are wrong with the account/agency unless you’re calling them out as part of your search. Example: I once worked for a CEO who screamed. All the time. I’m not an anxious person, as a rule, but the constant screaming really got to me, so when I started looking I asked everyone I interviewed with if people on their teams screamed as a form of communication. I asked because I couldn’t go into another environment like that.

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Without bad mouthing your current company or management, you can express the ways in which you learned from your current job and share things you are looking to continue to grow in that you see being possible with that new role that aren’t options at your current job. This allows you to highlight your key skills in connection to the job description without indicating to them that you don’t always like working with your company. (Literally all of us have issues in our jobs, but talking about those takes away from your precious interview time and looks 👎🏽) Interviews are a little tricky depending on where you work. If you can work remotely use it to your advantage while you can and “take a long lunch” on interview days.

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If you could plan the interviews in advance, take a pto day (and try to squeeze in multiple interviews that day if possible) or take a half day.

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“While I enjoyed my time at [company], I realized it wasn’t the right fit.” “While I enjoyed my time at [company], I’m looking for more challenging work, and i think your company will be a great fit for that.” Keep it general, vague, and positive. You don’t need to go in details. Good luck.

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Tell dem fools you need to bounce

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Dentist appointment is the classic. No one disputes it, no one asks about it later. After two or so of those, though, you have to start scheduling coffee really early, and telling your current job you'll be in a little late.

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Yup...the multiple DR appts start getting obvi. But tell them you want to be challenged, you want career growth. You don’t want to be stuck in a place that doesn’t value you. Honesty is way more valuable than beating around the bush. I disagree with CD above. Be honest...if they don’t like your transparency then you don’t want to be there anyway .

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@MD1 I’m saying only raise criticisms of your current role that are directly related to your search. Not bitching about everyday annoyances

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Just say you have an appointment. Most people won’t ask for details

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This is so helpful! Thank you all!

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Don’t worry about it. Ask for PTO or take a long lunch. If you’re good, there’s nothing wrong with making ‘dm worry a little.

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I’m kind of a “jumper” and while I like to say my situation has been justified, my interviews don’t really know that and I rarely tell that story. Everyone in advertising knows why you leave. You’re underpaid, you either haven’t been promoted or are “just waiting on it to go through” because of budget shit, you realized being hired in pays $20k more than a promotion to the same position, etc. The most important thing isn’t really what you tell them, it’s that you come off grateful and thankful for your former employer.

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Just take a personal day and spend the morning relaxing before your interview. As far as why you want to leave, just say you are exploring your options. Don't shit on your current employer. They have already heard what is wrong with your agency. You don't want anything getting back to people you work with even if you do leave. It is a small town. You will end up working with these people again.

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If it's for a different path, tell them that the direction your team or current role isn't where you see yourself in the next 3 years. Your goals and interests don't align. Good luck!

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