I have not covered this and it’s worth knowing in this period we call The Great Resignation/Great Reshuffle.

LinkedIn allows you to express in your own personal way, via words, why you left that job. You tell it. Nothing is more informative than providing your own truthful, business-oriented reason(s) you left. Amid what you learned and contributed to that position. Both together.

“My boss was a jerk” will not get you far, even if he/she was. “The pay was substandard” doesn’t make anyone look good.

I counsel my clients to weave the reason(s) they left a position into their job narrative. Such as “I was offered a new position that jumped me a level so I could concentrate in my specialty area of {…}” or “I was recruited for a position that made a lot of sense for my career aspirations and allowed me to experience new technologies.”

And there are other good ones (have some you want to share?)

Getting a recommendation from your former boss, worded well, will solve what could be misinterpreted as a sticky spot, when it’s not. A smart boss will always  recommend a great worker. Hopefully yours is/was.

It’s best to put the information out for all to see on LinkedIn first, rather than making the reader fabricate something (because wandering minds and tongues will) that might cause more confusion. Nip suspicion in the bud. Make it your narrative. Own the conversation. Get in front of the story.

Then as the interview process for the next position elapses, no tap dancing or sleight of hand will be necessary. It’s been told. Perhaps you’ll have other details to add to the main themes in a conversation with the interviewer. Be consistent. Not bitter.

End each position showing no bridges burnt. Be a pro.