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5 Outdated Career Tips That People Should Really Stop Sharing

It occurred to me the other day as I bit into a homemade cookie from my co-worker how far we’ve come. I remember the days when baking for a colleague’s birthday or bringing in a batch of no-occasion brownies was considered poor practice because it suggested (for women, especially) that you had time on your hands. Instead of working more hours or thinking creatively in your spare time, you were wrist-deep in pie crust, giving people reason to view you not as a professional person, but a merely domestic one—or at the very least, an unambitious one. I’m so glad that notion has flown the coop.

It got me thinking, however, what other career advice is totally outdated? What arcane suggestions could we discard? I can think of at least five off the top of my head:

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Employers

Identifying Top Workplace Hazards

Every workplace has hazards, but industrial and warehouse environments tend to have more hazards than the average business. Employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees’ health and safety, and that begins with identifying the hazards they may face throughout the day.

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Employers

How Can Hiring Temporary Employees Benefit Your Workforce?

When it comes to industrial and manufacturing environments, one thing is certain: Workloads increase and decrease many times throughout the year. Navigating those ebbs and flows can often be a challenge, especially when those periods arrive with little or no warning. Increased demand often means mandatory overtime for your existing staff, but too much overtime can lead to more staffing problems down the road. Utilizing temporary workers can benefit your existing workforce in a number of ways.

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Job Seekers

Does Your Resume Have Gaps?

There was a time when gaps in your work history were the kiss of death for your career. However, in today’s market, employers often see people with gaps in their resumes. Layoffs and plant closures are common occurrences, and many adults find themselves voluntarily leaving the workforce to care for an ailing parent, raise children or even build their skill set. Even though hiring managers aren’t shocked by gaps, they will want you to explain them in an interview.

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