I am considering dropping out of my mechanical engineering PhD program (only a year in) to return to a career in software engineering. During my job search I feel I have had a mediocre response from potential employers for jobs where I should have been a knock-out, home run candidate.
On my resume I have listed that I am currently a PhD student. Is it possible the in-work PhD is hurting my response? If so, what should I do to better sell myself to potential employers? Furthermore, is the fact that my PhD and career choice are in different fields hurting?