We all know the feeling: you want to apply for a new profession. In order to do this, you have to write a job resume, make sure that the resume you write is appropriate; it is necessary to know if you need a professional resume, a manager resume,… And if you are not sure how to write it in a correct way, you can find more tips to write a resume on CV-resume.

If you pass the selection, you normally have to go to an interview. During this interview everything goes well and you feel like you give good answers to the different questions, until they ask you: “why are you looking for a new job?” This question is difficult to answer for many people, because sometimes they haven’t thought about it. That is why you need to be prepared, and here are ten reasons that you can give in order to convince them that you are applying for a job because of the right reasons.

1. You are looking for a bigger / smaller company. The size of a company can really affect your feelings and your work. Myself I like to work in smaller, more familiar companies where I have contact with the other employees, but there are people who function better in bigger companies where everything is more formal and better structured.
2. You want better long-term prospects. Maybe there are no options left in the sector you work in and you want to do something completely different with better prospects for the future.
3. You can also say that you are searching for another job because of ethical reasons. Your company does some things that you don’t want to be a part of, discriminates other people,… This is of course a good reason to change a job, but try to avoid badmouthing about your current employer and co-workers. Because than the interviewer knows that you will do this again when you leave the job you are applying for.
4. A typical, but solid answer is that you want a job closer at home. You waste too much time, the public transport let’s you down,…
5. Of course you can also be looking for another job because of personal reasons. I am thinking of the birth of a baby, a marriage or a move out. These occurrences can have an impact on you and this can lead to the need of a change of work environment.
6. You are not satisfied with your current work life: you don’t like the company culture or you don’t like your work hours. But again keep in mind that you don’t want to be talking badly about them.
7. Another good answer is that you want a new opportunity, you feel like you have taken every possibility out of your current job and there just aren’t any challenges left anymore in this job. You feel like it’s time to learn new points-of-view regarding the business. You think this job is good for your future and you see a lot of opportunities in it.
8. Be up front with the interviewer. When the reason that you are looking for another job, is because you got fired, just say so. There is no reason to lie; you will only get into trouble because of it. Just keep your answer brief and factual.
9. You decided that the job you were executing was in a sector that is not in the direction where you want to go. You feel that you are more interested in this sector.
10. The position you are applying for just seemed as an excellent match for your skills, you feel like it is an exciting opportunity and you decided to go for it.

Whatever you say, make sure that you don’t make money your primary goal, stay honest with your interviewer and avoid talk badly about your current / previous company. When you do this, you will give a good answer on the question.