I left a job to start remote work for an IT consulting firm. And honestly, I'm not a huge fan already. I have my reasons but I just don't think it's going to be a good fit for me.
The job that I just left: I was looking to leave anyway because the commute was killing me and the job duties weren't ideal in terms of long term career growth for me. I had already been looking for a different position elsewhere already. Lastly, I left that job on extremely good terms with everyone.
I had 2 interviews at 2 separate prospective employer at some points before my last day at my previous job and honestly I think either one would be a 100% better fit for me. I had one today and the other a week or so ago. Right after I left the interview today, the director called me but I missed it and will plan on calling back tomorrow. I suspect he might be calling to ask if I am still employed at the most recent job on my resume because one of my references is my manager from there. This is pure speculation as I obviously do not know yet what he was calling about but I need to be prepared on what to say if he asks.
I'm guessing there is always the possibility my manager had said I don't work there anymore and left for another opportunity, who knows. I hadn't disclosed that I left my current position for a new one because I wasn't really asked and I didn't want to unnecessarily hinder my chances.
If this is what he is asking, what is the best thing to tell this director? I want to be honest but I need to be able to word it in the most effective way possible.
I was thinking of simply saying one of two things:
"I recently just left to pursue a remote consulting opportunity but learned the nature of the work is not an ideal fit for me".
The other thing I was thinking of saying is how I was looking for opportunities before the consulting gig was offered to me anyway and ideally wanted work in the public sector (which is what this prospective job is in) but the opportunities to interview came a bit too late with regards to the consulting opportunity. The on-boarding for the consulting opportunity wasn't like any formal job I was used to so I was essentially instantly offered the job since my friend works there and he just had his hires up "approve" me instantly without any super formal interview or selection process.