Anna R. on September 21, 2021
I have a couple questions:)
First, I mistakenly left a job recently that I had only been in 5 months because I wanted to focus on a doctoral program I just began in August. It was already complicated, because while I had been at that hospital (I'm a nurse) for a year, I had to leave the first job due to lack of accommodations for cancer related disability. Fortunately, at least in terms of resume, I can still include the entire year I worked there and just have in the job description the two different roles. However, I don't know how to explain why I changed roles when it already looks bad I left after only a year. I wish I could lie and say that it was temporary and they couldn't accommodate me, but clearly lying isn't a good option and while I have a enthusiastic reference for the second position, she is not someone who would be willing to say she worked with me longer than she did were I to omit the description of the first role. Also, those are skills that are beneficial for applying.
Second, I mistakenly left this said position when they wouldn't reduce hours in order to focus on a new doctoral program I started in August. Unfortunately, my chemo brain 4 years out is much worse than anticipated and I failed my first exam, and likely will have to withdraw as I won't be able to 'come back' from that grade.On one hand, If I withdraw, I no longer have an explanation of why I quit my last job and have this gap (I am actively searching and interviewing for new jobs this week). On the other hand, saying that you are in an advanced degree program in nursing is a red flag as they worry you will leave soon (even though I would argue my program is 4.5 years so who cares?).
So my questions are, how to explain the transfer in jobs this past year and second, do I disclose I'm in school as a reason for the gap? and if I leave how do I explain it?