During the exit interview, "Laurie" couldn't think of a good way to describe why she was leaving her job. "So you're leaving because it's stressful here?" the interviewer asked. No, Laurie thought - that's not quite it. But she didn't have better words for it.
In creating her resume for a new job, Laurie noted that one of her leading qualities is that she's nice. After her experience at the previous cutthroat workplace, she doubted that trait would enhance her resume...
...until she checked the website of the company she was applying to work for. Kindness was listed as one of the core values.
Laurie applied and got the job she wanted. It was and is an excellent fit.
The contrast gave Laurie the experience she needed to voice why she left the previous job. The previous work environment was hostile, unsupportive and inappropriately competitive. It was soulless.
Funny how a taste of kindness can clarify what's unacceptable.