I left a job I loved but had to get away from a bad supervisor a few months ago. It had been a long time coming when I finally decided it was time to go. I received a job offer I knew, in these pandemic times, would be my one and only chance to ensure I got away from this boss and the nasty environment.
Well, the job I took did not pay what I wanted but also did not look too bad on my resume. That said, I really don't want to spend more than a year there at this salary and level.
Next week, I'm meeting with with someone from a company I've done occasional projects for on the side. I have been interested in them for a while. I know they have an opening or two that this person could very well invite me to apply for. We've discussed the possibility before. It's just one of those, we'll call you when we have the right fit type of situations.
There's a good chance she'll ask me if I'm looking. What's the best way to explain a) why I left my last job and b) why I'm willing to jump ship from a place I haven't be at for more than a few months? I don't want to sound negative but I don't want to sound flighty and noncommittal, either. This person may already know why I left (it's a small world and my last boss had a rep). I know this new place would pay a little better and offer a chance to get back on the career path I was on before I left my toxic last job.