Despite a 17 year history with one employer, I think it troubles prospective employers that I left my last employer after I year. Any advice on how to respond to “why did you leave your last job”?
Here is a good answer :
Your simple (and correct?) response might be what changes the atmosphere. Consider a longer one with a little more detail and positive ending.
“My expectations for the position were … Over time I learned that the position was in fact … , which I evaluated CAREFULLY and chose to leave. It was a difficult move for me, but one I felt then and still do was in everyone’s best interests. I remain committed to my employer’s goals and to the work ethic I require of myself to support them”
In that way, you shed more light on your reasoning and end with a positive statement about yourself. Potential employers, I believe, will respond well to well-articulated explanations for difficult decisions. Your response may simply be too terse. – Roger. D