7 Good Reasons and Explanation to Justify Getting a New Job

Justify job change: 7 good reasons + formulations

Among the many personal reasons for a job change, there are five classic change motives that are accepted by most HR decision-makers. They are particularly positive. Almost every job change can be justified with them:

1. You want to develop professionally

The ultimate classic. As already mentioned, you should explain WHERE you want to develop yourself. It is completely uncritical if someone has held the same position for more than three to five years and is now, for example, striving for more (personnel) responsibility or moves to the next higher management level to turn the next bigger wheel. However, further development can also mean expanding one’s competence profile, learning new things or developing skills.

Explanatory example  for a good reason:

My current employer is a leader in the digital sector, but in the very _______segment. However, the opportunities for advancement are limited here for _____reasons. I would therefore like to focus more on the __________ area in the future and specialise there. Unfortunately, the possibilities for this are limited in the current company. Your advertised position offers significantly better prospects in this regard.

2. You are looking for new challenges

It feels like it is in every second application and therefore has high potential for empty phrases. But it still remains a legitimate motive to change. However, only if you can specifically name these challenges: cope with larger projects, manage larger teams, lead people, open up a new market, revolutionise a product; Be honest about what excites and challenges you in the new position.

Explanatory example  for a good reason:

In the past few years I have been able to successfully implement projects with a budget of ______  and thus make a decisive contribution to the success of my current employer. Today he is a top digital marketing leader. However, this limits development prospects in the long term. Therefore, I am looking for a new challenge and would now like to bring my passion and know-how to you in order to achieve comparable success – for example ten percent more sales in the coming year.

3. You want to expand your field of competence

You have mastered your current job from the eff-eff. Your skills are highly specialised. As a specialist, you are one of the best in your field. But now it’s time to expand your range of skills. For example, by taking on leadership roles. A hierarchical ascent is also one of the classic motivations for change. Especially if this is not possible within the previous company, the external change remains an easily understandable and strategically sensible option. In order to be able to justify this job change, however, you have to focus less on your professional qualifications and more on your social skills and previous management experience.

Explanatory example  for a good reason:

The change to this position and to your company gives me the chance to develop myself personally and to use my experience profitably for you. In the past, I have managed and successfully completed several projects with teams of up to 20 people. As you can see from my references, my colleagues attest that I have a great talent for leadership. The prospects of the advertised position match my ambitions perfectly and offer the best development opportunities that match my abilities.

4. You want to change for family reasons

Completely understandable: Your partner has just changed jobs and the whole family is moving as a result. As a result, you also need a new job. The same applies if you have split up and therefore change your location or because you have had children and now want to work part-time or more flexibly … In theory, this is nothing to do with the new employer. You don’t have to say it either. But it helps a lot with persuasion and justification for changing jobs.

Explanatory example  for a good reason:

Due to a change in the family environment, I would like to change professionally and spatially. A part-time job would be ideal …

5. You want to work more internationally

That is also a welcome reason – of course only for positions that are advertised internationally. If the previous employer cannot offer this option or only to a very limited extent (because there are many internal applicants but only a few positions), then the external switch is the obvious option. The motivation (“I want to work abroad”) is already explained.

Explanatory example  for a good reason:

I have been working in the __________ department for ___ years. During this time I was able to gain a lot of experience and deepen my knowledge of the national markets. A few experiences abroad have strengthened my desire to make my work more international in the future. This works particularly well in this position. I could imagine …

6. You are looking for a different work environment

This motivation to change is often mentioned when people move from a company to a medium-sized company (or vice versa). Or when they switch to a startup company. The organisational structures and decision-making paths, not least the speeds, are completely different here. But there is also a danger here: Especially if you describe a structure as the reason for a job change that the new employer cannot offer. That then seems patently naive. Therefore: If you call this motivation to change, please research beforehand whether the future employer can fulfil your wishes.

Explanatory example  for a good reason:

After many years of work in an international group and a highly specialised organisation, I would like to work in an agile startup again in the future. The quick decision-making processes and the diverse tasks attract me enormously. I can well imagine that my experience in the field of ___________ will be of great use to you and that we can make a difference together.

7. You have to cut back on your health

When the job makes you sick, that’s one of the best reasons to change jobs. You only have to pay attention to the justification and motivation to change that your prognosis improves through the change. In other words, if you have to give up your previous job because of severe back pain, for example, the new job should include an activity that is easy on the back. The same applies if you reduce your working hours for health or age reasons and want to work part-time in the future . The reasons for changing jobs must always convincingly ensure that you can cope with the new tasks without any problems or that you are constantly absent due to illness.

Explanatory example  for a good reason:

Unfortunately, I can no longer do my previous job for health reasons. My doctor recommended that I switch to a part-time office job. I would like to combine my wealth of experience and the soft skills I have acquired with the tasks of the position you advertise. As a career changer, I also have a quick grasp, curiosity and perseverance to develop further key skills.

Special case: job change to another industry

This is no longer a simple job change, but a complete career change and a new start . You are giving your professional development a completely new direction – combined with a new industry. That is not entirely unproblematic. In fact, you are starting from scratch, are not (yet) familiar with the industry, and have no network. In order to be able to justify this job change, you should therefore aim at your relevant strengths and knowledge for the new area. Or, to put it another way: You have to justify which competencies are transferable, better still be able to generate great benefits, because the industry tends to lack this know-how. A reason for the job change could then be formulated as follows, for example:

After years of work in the field of __________, I have already achieved this and that success in my industry. I would now like to apply this knowledge in a completely different industry and relocate my professional focus here. I believe that there is great potential and added value for you in this. Your job offers exactly that.


I have been doing voluntary work in your area for a number of years and can therefore fall back on a wealth of experience. I would like to combine this know-how and the acquired soft skills with the tasks of the advertised position. As a career changer, I also have a quick grasp, curiosity and perseverance to develop further key skills.

But to be clear: Passion and interest in certain topics or a new profession are not enough for a change of industry. The potential employer doesn’t pay you to be self- evident . He pays for you to add real value.

This is only possible if you can provide evidence of transferable skills and experience ( for young professionals, for example through part-time work experience or internships). Otherwise it will be difficult.

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