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Old 03-25-2011, 08:51 AM
 
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Hello everybody. I've been out of work for 3 months and my friend told me he could get me a job where he works. So I said okay, I'm game, I need the money so I'll do it. But it's not really in a field I'm very interested in, and the hours are swing shifts, I'm looking for strictly day shift. So would it be rude to keep looking for a job doing something I may actually like and eventually quitting, hopefully soon? Thank you for any input.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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No more rude then them laying you off on a Friday afternoon and escorting you to the door with no notice. Do what is best for you and don't worry about company loyalty. It does not exist on either side. Just don't quit until you have a signed offer.
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:58 AM
 
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Not ideal for a company, but once you explain it to them they would understand, I think. After all, they took a chance hiring you even though I imagine in your application, it was clear to them the job was not exactly up your alley.

To alleviate their inconvenience, (should the time come) you may want to give them a generous notice period, say a week or two beyond the customary 2 weeks notice.

You especially want to leave in a professional manner since your friend works there.

I think your friend would understand if you explain yourself. They probably already know you took the job out of need, rather than as a long-term professional goal.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: NJ
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If you give them proper notice I think it is fine.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Nova
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I wouldn't worry about the company... there is no loyalty anymore on either side. Sad, but true.
I would however be concerned with your friend who helped you get the job. He could come off looking bad because he recommended a person who quite a few months later. I would talk with my friend too about this. Overall though I think it depends on what position it is... if it's a low level or high turnover position it might not be a big deal at all. If it's an upper level position that rarely comes available, then that's another story.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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Rude yes, but people do it all the time. For the company, it's a lot of wasted time and money, so don't expect them to take you back again ever. Still, even as a hiring manager I'd recommend that you do what's best for you.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:07 AM
 
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Rude yes, but people do it all the time. For the company, it's a lot of wasted time and money, so don't expect them to take you back again ever. Still, even as a hiring manager I'd recommend that you do what's best for you.
I agree. In the old days, you might get blackballed in the industry. Or future employers would see the short stint and think you either washed out or lacked loyalty. But today, everyone (at least anyone with a clue) understands that you have to do what's best for you and most will not fault a person if they find a better opportunity. Just don't think you'll be welcome back anytime soon at that company.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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I think everyone's pretty accurate on here. Do what's best for you. Loyalty rarely exists in the job market these days.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Just don't leave before finding another job!
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Darlington, SC
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No more rude then them laying you off on a Friday afternoon and escorting you to the door with no notice. Do what is best for you and don't worry about company loyalty. It does not exist on either side. Just don't quit until you have a signed offer.
Read my mind...

My grandpa told me once... never be loyal to your job.... if they can save a nickel by getting rid of you they will.
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