Whether you left your previous job willingly or were terminated, the way you word a job application is extremely important. Most applications will ask you to list a reason why you left your previous job, and it is essential that you are professional in your response. The right response on your application is more likely to result in an interview.
If you were fired or laid off from your previous job, stating that you were "involuntarily separated" from your position is a professional way to word your response on applications. This phrase allows you to further explain the situation in an interview without implying anything negative about your character on the application.
If you were terminated from your previous job, it is a good idea to speak with your ex-employer to ask if they will still provide you with a positive character reference. Potential employers will likely call them and you do not want to be surprised if they decide to provide a negative evaluation of your character.
Seeking a Better Job Opportunity
If you quit your job to search for a better opportunity, it is acceptable to state this on your applications. Your drive to find a higher paying or more fulfilling job opportunity will show that you are driven, which will appeal to a potential employer. When listing your desire for a better job opportunity, avoid saying anything that reflects negatively on your previous employer as this appears unprofessional.
Left Due to a Move
If you've moved to a different city, state or even country, it is acceptable to state that you left your previous job as a result of your move. Potential employers will understand this and it will not appear unprofessional.
Left to Pursue Your Education
If you quit your job in order to attend school, it is appropriate to list this reason on your applications. However, your education history on your application and resume must reflect this. People commonly take time off from working to pursue their educational goals, so this reason for leaving will not seem unprofessional.