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Example #1
"In my current role there are minimal opportunities for career growth. The owners' son holds the next position in line, so I see now that I have reached my peak growth with the organization. I am very thankful for everything my current employer has offered me the past four years; however, I am ready to expand my horizons and progress in my career."
Example #2
"My current company is closing its doors at the end of this month. It was a small family-run business, and the owner recently retired. He and his wife decided it would be best to sell the business, and the new owners are merging the company into their existing operations."
Example #3
"My company went through a merger last quarter. Since the structural change, the quality of production has declined significantly, and my customers are dissatisfied. There is no plan for improvement. My biggest desire is to feel pride in the products and services that I represent, so I have decided to start looking for a fresh opportunity with an organization like yours, that emphasizes quality."
Example #4
"I have absorbed everything I can from my current agency. I have outgrown the role of Marketing Coordinator, and since the company is family run and quite small, any opportunity for advancement is still a few years away. Last month I began the search for opportunities within larger advertising agencies, and luckily, I was alerted to your job posting!"
Example #5
"I recently graduated with my Business degree, and am looking to leap out of the hospitality industry and into a retail sales management role. I am so excited for what is to come!"
Example #6
"In all honesty, taking my most recent job was a misstep. Headhunted for this start-up company, the framework, leadership, and business plan described to me, did not match the reality. I have remained in the role for one year, trying to influence change. However, with no significant improvements, I have learned what I could, and now it is time to move forward. I am approaching my next move with more care, ensuring that I make a fully informed decision."
Example #7
"I am seeking a new teaching opportunity with a school closer to home. Now that my kids are out of elementary school, I can take a new position without the conflict of being assigned to their school. This school district has been the dream option for me for a long time, and the timing is finally right!"
Example #8
"In my current role, there is a very little growth opportunity. The next position in line is held by the lead Health Information Technician so I truly have reached my peak there. I am very thankful for everything my current company has offered me the past 4 years; however, I would like to expand my horizons."
Example #9
"In my current role there is minimal growth opportunity. One of the owners holds the next position in line, so I truly have reached my peak there. I am very thankful for everything my current company has offered me the past four years; however, I am ready to expand my horizons."
Example #10
"In my current role, there is a very little growth opportunity. The next position in line is held by one of the owners so I truly have reached my peak there. I am very thankful for everything my current company has offered me the past 4 years; however, I would like to expand my horizons."
Example #11
"I am ready to take my career to the next level. I have been working for the juvenile justice department for three years but I always wanted to be a firefighter. I have been training for months and volunteering at the local fire department. I know that I'm ready to take on the responsibilities and ready to make the sacrifices to do so."
Example #12
"When I began searching for my next position, I identified several companies which had characteristics and opportunities I was interested in. I elected to apply for this position because it will provide me with challenges and offer me the opportunity for growth. I am also passionate about the type of work you do and believe that my skills and experience can contribute to improvements and how you manage your data. This will result in personal growth for me and organizational growth for you."
Example #13
"While I've enjoyed my time working in my current role, your position for a nurse in your women's health clinic will help me expand my horizons as a nurse and put me where I have always dreamed of being a nurse. I came into the profession to help work with women with specific health issues and this would be my dream job in doing so."
Example #14
"Although I can say many great things about my current employer, I am looking for an opportunity for growth that they cannot offer me, due to the nature of our small team."
Example #15
"I think any healthcare provider who has worked very long in this profession will tell you that, at one time or another, he/she has had a patient who was not very cooperative. I had a patient throw his food tray at me once. While I was not happy about having oatmeal all over my outfit, I took a minute and talked to the patient to find out what was really going on. I found out that the patient had reported an allergy to oatmeal and had asked the nurse the day before to make sure that dietary knew of the allergy. When he received his breakfast tray, he became upset and threw it at the first person he saw. I cleaned the mess, ordered him a new tray, and noted his chart of the allergy. He was later apologetic."
Example #16
"I value growth. It's important to me that I grow in my career so I can continue to be a valuable asset to the company I'm working for. I've noticed tremendous growth in your company the past year, and that really appeals to me."
Example #17
"I have worked in my current role for ___ years and feel that I have reached my potential at this particular clinic. While researching your clinic, I was noticing how you have more programs that focus on ___, which is what I am interested in pursuing. I also feel that this clinic would provide me with more growth opportunities."
Example #18
"Although I thoroughly enjoy my current job, I am ready to take my security experience to the next level, and move into a more formal public protection role. I have been working for an independent security service provider for three years, primarily patrolling large public events such as festivals, concerts, and sporting events. It is a great job; however, I do not view it as a long-term career. Working for the TSA would fulfill my goal of kickstarting a true career focused on public protection."
Example #19
"I am not actively seeking a new position but did see your position posted and it prompted me to apply. I believe that our city needs a new hot-spot and I truly believe that your restaurant will be just that. I like my current position; however, I would love to grow with a business that is interested in creating new culinary experiences for its patrons."
Example #20
"I have about three years' experience working with pallet jacks, panel moving trucks, hand trucks, and dock levelers. I am great with small equipment and am confident in my ability to learn any other equipment you would require of me to operate."
Example #21
"I believe my dedication to my studies and the compassion that I have for others is something that will make me an asset if I am given the opportunity to work here. I look forward to being able to become a part of a team and becoming an asset to the teamwork that needs to be accomplished."
Example #22
"I am looking for a new position as the volume in my current role has decreased significantly, and I am facing a potential layoff."
Example #23
"Since the company merger last year, the workplace culture I admired so much is no longer there. I am on the search for a supportive and positive environment where I can continue to flourish."
Example #24
"I have been with my current employer for 6 years and have felt very little growth over the past year. I am ready for a new challenge and look forward to strengthening my career in a larger operation such as yours."
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