/ Asked by Cesar
I'm 19 and I recently left my dead end job at a work force agency to pursue work in trade. I found it to be more difficult to find an employer than I expected. I recently had an interview doing the exact same work I left, and another with a big pluming company. Would it hurt me to return to the dead end job and then leave soon after in case I do get the plumbing job? Thank you very much.
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, November 18, 2015
I applaud you for making the commitment to trying to find work in the field in which you are considering a long term career.  By working in the industry that you are considering a career, you will most likely be more engaged and be bringing your very best self to work every day and building very useful skills.  Since you have already left this "dead end job" I would continue to pursue the position you feel is a better long term fit, rather than taking on a job you are only looking to leave as soon as the better opportunity comes around. As part of your interview be sure and communicate this to your potential employers, as they will likely respect that decision and understand why you left your job, and are not taking just any job and are currently unemployed.  Good Luck!
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, December 22, 2015
You left the dead end job because you knew it wasn’t headed anywhere, you shouldn’t go back! If you can take some to wait for the plumbing job and you see a future in the job, stick it out! My colleague says: Be patient with your career, it doesn’t happen overnight. Wait for the right opportunity that will open up doors later on. Perhaps reach out to the plumbing company to touch base and ask when they will determine if you are selected or what the rest of the interview process will be like. It’s also good to show initiative and be proactive.
Best of luck! 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Einstein's definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.  You know that there is no future in the dead end job option, you would not have left the first time if you thought it was anything but a dead end.  You do not want to have a lot of job hopping on your resume from dead end job to dead end job - it makes you look like you are incapable of stable employment.  If you want to work in trade pursue the opportunity with the plumbing company or another company where you can become a journeyman apprentice and/or go back to school to do the same and earn your certifications in the trade of your choice.
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