Leaving after a few months…

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One of my friends, a senior-level executive, recently decided to leave the company he had joined less than 6 months ago. The environment was bad. The scope of the role changed 2nd week after joining. Initial commitments were not honored. In short, a horror story!

That being said, that left him with the issue that he now has a “stain” on the CV. And of course, it needs to look for another role.

So what to do next?

Probably the best thing is to try to move on as quickly as possible.

Always hard to do as this is a painful experience! But such times are most of the times a “blessing in disguise”. And the ideal use of this situation is to go all out and explore many other different avenues and roles that may come up.

The reality is that staying with that employer was not an option. A company that can’t respect its commitments to a top-level executive is a bad idea long term!

And most prospective future employers would understand the situation. It does happen! But honesty is gold when sharing the reason for early departure! Being transparent whilst keeping to the facts. No need to judge the previous company or bad mouth it. But facts need to be shared.

And most often than not, something better comes up and another good role emerges.

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Chief Executive Officer, Greensill​

Lex is the co-founder and CEO of Greensill, and a Senior Advisor and Crown Representative to Her Majesty’s Government on Supply Chain Finance. He was awarded the CBE for Services to the British Economy in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2017 Birthday Honours.

Lex previously established the global SCF business at Morgan Stanley, and led the EMEA SCF business at Citi.

Lex holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England and Wales, and Queensland.