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# Left my first job after only 3 months - need to explain?

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18 Feb 2005, 09:20
hi there, i'm hoping you might have some suggestions for my situation ....

during undergrad, i interned for a major bank in Chicago (after my junior year). after completing the program, they offered me a full-time position upon graduation - but i decided to shop around before accepting. (i was also considering law school.)

i ended up taking a position w/ Arthur Andersen (accepted prior to graduation). my start date was to be 10/2001. i lived at home w/ my family, worked as a waitress from 5/2001 - 9/2001 ... then moved to Chicago, got an apartment, etc ....

well, the start date was then pushed back to 1/2002. (i'm sure you see where this is headed! ) i picked up a temp position at an insurance firm - just to pay the bills, stay busy, etc.

Arthur Andersen called again in Nov/Dec 2001 and gave me an ultimatum: stay on the wait list (no guarantee i would EVER start and no set start date) OR take a sizeable amount of $and walk away. i was SHOCKED. i didn't think i would lose my first job before i ever started it! needless to say, i parted ways w/ AA. it was the best decision i have ever made, as the Enron scandal unfolded just months later. obviously, i was desperate for a "real" job. all of my peers had already started their careers, and i now i was scrambling. i accepted a position as a statistical analyst at a major, well-known firm - but it was located in the suburbs and the$ was NOT GOOD. to make matters worse, the job was not as described. my manager was absent, not hands on, etc. i received little to no training. the work was extremely isolating (no interaction) and tactical. i was unhappy.

i made some calls to some old friends at the bank at which i interned (during college). after a few conversations and an interview, they offered me a fabulous position doing EXACTLY what i love to do, good $, etc. i left my position at the firm in the burbs after only 3 months. my manager was understanding when i explained how i felt, etc. i have now been working at the bank for a little over 3 years. i am HAPPY here and have really developed my career. and now i am applying to part-time MBA programs .... and i want to know if i need to explain WHY i was only at my first FT position for 3 months? if so, i don't really want to work an explanation of this "flaw" into my essays. so i think these are my choices: 1) add an additional statement (on a separate page) stating why i left, etc. 2) on the employment history form, i can list "reason for leaving." should i keep it short and simple and NOT go into detail? (i would only mention my reason for leaving in this area of my application.) also on the employment history, should i list my waitressing position after college? or is this tacky? i could explain that i moved to Chicago to start my position w/ Arthur Andersen under "reason for leaving" the waitressing position ... ? ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!! MBA Admissions Consultant Joined: 20 Apr 2003 Posts: 5115 Location: Los Angeles CA Followers: 72 Kudos [?]: 499 [0], given: 70 Re: Left my first job after only 3 months - need to explain? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Feb 2005, 18:53 Expert's post ceg wrote: hi there, i'm hoping you might have some suggestions for my situation .... during undergrad, i interned for a major bank in Chicago (after my junior year). after completing the program, they offered me a full-time position upon graduation - but i decided to shop around before accepting. (i was also considering law school.) i ended up taking a position w/ Arthur Andersen (accepted prior to graduation). my start date was to be 10/2001. i lived at home w/ my family, worked as a waitress from 5/2001 - 9/2001 ... then moved to Chicago, got an apartment, etc .... well, the start date was then pushed back to 1/2002. (i'm sure you see where this is headed! ) i picked up a temp position at an insurance firm - just to pay the bills, stay busy, etc. Arthur Andersen called again in Nov/Dec 2001 and gave me an ultimatum: stay on the wait list (no guarantee i would EVER start and no set start date) OR take a sizeable amount of$ and walk away.

i was SHOCKED. i didn't think i would lose my first job before i ever started it!

needless to say, i parted ways w/ AA. it was the best decision i have ever made, as the Enron scandal unfolded just months later.

obviously, i was desperate for a "real" job. all of my peers had already started their careers, and i now i was scrambling.

i accepted a position as a statistical analyst at a major, well-known firm - but it was located in the suburbs and the $was NOT GOOD. to make matters worse, the job was not as described. my manager was absent, not hands on, etc. i received little to no training. the work was extremely isolating (no interaction) and tactical. i was unhappy. i made some calls to some old friends at the bank at which i interned (during college). after a few conversations and an interview, they offered me a fabulous position doing EXACTLY what i love to do, good$, etc.

i left my position at the firm in the burbs after only 3 months. my manager was understanding when i explained how i felt, etc.

i have now been working at the bank for a little over 3 years. i am HAPPY here and have really developed my career.

and now i am applying to part-time MBA programs ....
and i want to know if i need to explain WHY i was only at my first FT position for 3 months?

if so, i don't really want to work an explanation of this "flaw" into my essays. so i think these are my choices:
1) add an additional statement (on a separate page) stating why i left, etc.
2) on the employment history form, i can list "reason for leaving." should i keep it short and simple and NOT go into detail? (i would only mention my reason for leaving in this area of my application.)

also on the employment history, should i list my waitressing position after college? or is this tacky?
i could explain that i moved to Chicago to start my position w/ Arthur Andersen under "reason for leaving" the waitressing position ... ?

ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

Under "Reason for Leaving" provide a simple explanation that the bank job was a growth opportunity more inline with your goals and with higher pay and greater responsibility. Keep it short, sweet, and simple. You don't need to write an essay for this.

Regarding the waitress position, I don't think it makes much difference, but I would probably list it. Yes under reason for leaving "Moved to Chicago to start at Arthur Anderson, but position that didn't materialize." They'll figure out the rest.

Good luck!
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Re: Left my first job after only 3 months - need to explain?   [#permalink] 22 Feb 2005, 18:53
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