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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from SmartBrief on Workforce Senior Editor Mary Ellen Slayter on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: Have you ever worked in a dead-end job?

  • Yes, and I quit, 49%
  • Yes, and I’m still in one, 27%
  • No, 21%
  • Yes, and I was fired, 3%

Dead-end jobs aren’t good for your career — and they aren’t good for employers either. A sense that your skills are building up to something — even if it’s just a little more freedom to work independently and a little boost in your paycheck — is crucial to career satisfaction. That more than a quarter of SmartBrief on Workforce readers say they are in a dead-end job now should concern hiring managers. Those people are likely to quit as soon as the economy turns around.