I was at my first job after graduating from university for 6 months. It was close to my dream job, but I met with issues that made me really confused in the workplace and found it difficult to work productively. I became from hopeful to unhappy and to a certain extent, humiliated. So I tendered resignation after 6months. It was a difficult decision because I enjoyed what I was doing (the job itself). The company is a big organisation that works for a good cause, but it often comes under the public's criticism for some reasons.
Here are the problems I faced with:
the severe lack of direct and open communications between my direct supervisor and myself: I found myself having to go through a middleman to communicate with my direct supervisor and it wasn't me who initiated doing that. There were a lot of information that weren't passed to me which resulted in false accusations. There was a situation where I was misunderstood and it led to rather serious character attack from my supervisor. I felt humiliated because I know that is not me.
There was a colleague who is serving her bond to the company, started working at the same division and same time as me. I felt that the supervisor was training and promoting her to take on higher management roles at my expense. It was a situation like a new graduate employee trying to train another new staff member on the organizational operations.
I was often left out in many division matters, like being left out in important decisions. For example, my own team members were being pulled out to join another team. It made me looked really bad to my team members and difficult to earn respect from them. (I had a team under my charge.) Also, my supervisor does not seem to acknowledge my presence in the division. She does not look at me in the eye, she rarely speaks to me face to face, and she does not respond to my work-related texts.
I worked after office hours on weekdays and on weekends as well. The company advocates a balanced work-life for staff. I am willing to put in extra time and effort when it is necessary, but I felt that this will not work out if it goes on continuously. I was not recognised for the overtime effort because my then-supervisor had someone to relay the message that I do not have to include her in the email correspondences.
The above reasons are the real reasons for leaving. I hope to share so that I may get constructive help. I was really confused and stressed over management issues, plus I was still transiting from school to corporate culture. To people outside of the circle, it would seem like it does not justify to leave my previous employment because I am fully qualified for the job. Hence I am at a loss of how to answer the question of why I left previous job in interviews. The toughest part is explaining in the most positive light why I left after 6 months without another job lined up. I would appreciate constructive help in tackling the toughest part.