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When considering leaving a firm because of its negative impact on your mental health, how long did you wait before leaving? Follow up question: when interviewing at new places, how do you professionally explain you left because of how badly it was affecting your mental health without bad mouthing the firm?

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I am in the process of doing this. Just received two offers. My tip is to not mention any negative or adverse reason for your exit to the new firm at all. Focus on the positives you hope to gain by leaving. Also never bring up mental health issues in an interview or at work - the sad reality is that this information will never be used to help you, only hurt you and be used against you.

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I’m totally with you. It’s time to go. There are definitely better firms to go to out there. I think that’s the danger of a really small firm like that.

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“It wasn’t the right fit for me at this point in my career” is typically an acceptable, tactful answer. I’ve used it before and have never had anyone ask me to go into detail.

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To your interview question: Keep it positive. In an interview, focus on why this new firm is a great fit/great opportunity - not why your old firm was a poor fit/the wrong opportunity. Lots of associates are moving firms right now. If you explain to an interviewer that you learned a lot at your current firm, but you’re looking for an opportunity to do more of X, Y, Z no one is going to push back. (So long as you’ve done your research & know the firm you’re interviewing with would provide those opportunities.)

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Ten years and counting. You’re not leaving bc of the job you had, you’re leaving because of the opportunity they’re offering.

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Long enough 1) to be satisfied you don’t have a future at the firm and 2) to find another, better opportunity. A lot of people wait until they’re sure they want to leave before they start applying. Don’t put that kind of pressure on yourself. Just start the process and see what happens. When you submit an application, follow up and try to talk informally with HR or someone who might have a little bit of knowledge about the firm. Go to an interview or two. This process is for you just as much as the hiring firm. Find out whether there are good enough opportunities out there to justify leaving your current firm. But if not, no problem. Stay put.

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