July 17, 2018

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The Power of “Yet”

Throughout your career, it’s easy to feel down. You may be longing for a promotion, or a raise, or a chance to work on a great project. Perhaps you are hoping to switch careers or switch companies. Or maybe you want to become more productive or more outgoing or a better communicator.

While these thoughts are running through your head, there’s one key word that can change your mindset: “yet.” Seth Godin covers “the danger of ‘not good enough’” in a recent blog post. In summary, we’re capable of a lot more…if we try.

Here are some ways to apply this philosophy to any negative thoughts you are having:

  • I can’t imagine giving a speech like that in front of the whole company…yet.
  • My boss won’t consider me for that promotion…yet.
  • I won’t get asked to be a part of that project…yet.
  • I’m not qualified to get a job like that…yet.
  • I’m unable to demand that kind of salary…yet.

“Yet” leads to possibilities. But the work doesn’t stop there. Changing your mindset is one step, and taking action is the next. Now’s the time to map out those possibilities and the steps you can take to get there. You feel better already, right?

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July 13, 2018

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Now Hiring in St. Louis!

We’re hiring within our Supply Chain Team at our Pet, Home & Garden division in St. Louis! Positions include Demand Forecast Analysts, Customer Care Account Reps, and an Inventory & Supply Planning Manager.

Spectrum Brands is a leading supplier of consumer products globally for the pet supply markets, and nationally for the home, lawn and garden insect and weed control markets. Our products are well-recognized by consumers for delivering exceptional value and trusted results.

The Home & Garden brands include Spectracide®, Garden Safe®, Hot Shot®, Cutter®, Repel®, Black Flag® and Liquid Fence®. You’ll likely recognize our Pet Brands, which include Tetra®, Instant Ocean®, Marineland®, 8-in-1®, Dingo®, FURminator®, Nature’s Miracle®, GloFish®, DreamBone® and SmartBones®.

Take a glimpse at some of our current available positions in St. Louis:

The Pet, Home & Garden corporate office is located in Earth City, Missouri and is home to a café, a fitness center, and the Home & Garden R&D Lab and Insectary. Employees are offered robust wellness opportunities and participate in frequent social/community volunteerism activities.

Interested in learning more about Spectrum Brands? Browse all of our current job openings today. Or set up a job alert so you can stay on top of anything that becomes available in the future.

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July 12, 2018

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New Job? You Better Practice This.

As the first day of your new job approaches, you probably have a lot of things on your mind: What will I wear? Should I bring a lunch? Where will I sit? What will my team be like? But I bet there is one question that isn’t on your mind: how will I introduce myself?

Over the course of your first week–and even the first few months–you’ll have to introduce yourself over and over and over again. You shouldn’t assume that everyone has seen a copy of your resume or even knows what new position you’ve been hired for. But if they did it would be great, right? That’s where your practice comes in.

Before the first day, come up with a few sentences that you can repeat to anyone you meet at your new company. Here are some bits of information that are important to include:

  • your first and last name
  • which position you were hired for and what department you’re in
  • who your boss is
  • a basic explanation of your responsibilities
  • what company you came from
  • any other relevant information about your background (Did you just move here? Have you been in the industry for 15 years? Did you just finish a masters degree?)

Bonus Tip: Connecting with the new folks you meet on LinkedIn can help them understand who you are and what you will be doing at the company, as well as–most importantly–how you can best work together.

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July 10, 2018

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We’re Creating More Sustainable Products

We’re excited to share this news from The Sustainability Consortium:

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) announced today that Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. has joined as a member, joining over 100 TSC members working to create more sustainable products for a more sustainable planet. TSC translates the best sustainability science into business tools that are used all over the world to create more sustainable consumer products.

Spectrum Brands is a global consumer products company offering a portfolio of leading brands providing superior value to consumers and customers every day. They combine origin and destination logistics solutions with transportation services across all modes and regions of the world. They will focus their work on identifying environmental and social issues in their product supply chains, reducing their carbon footprint, improving water efficiency and developing an outreach program to positively affect the people in all communities where Spectrum Brands operates.

Euan Murray, TSC Chief Executive, states, “TSC is proud to welcome Spectrum Brands as a member, joining our other TSC members in the collective effort towards creating more sustainable products for a sustainable planet. Spectrum Brands’ portfolio of products and leading brands, along with its global reach, lets us expand our work exponentially. The company’s membership and efforts are invaluable to our mission.”

Spectrum Brands regularly responds to the Walmart Sustainability Index, which is powered by TSC metrics and methodology. Because of the Index’s impact on measuring its sustainability progress, Spectrum Brands joined TSC to grow existing strategies and further leverage the tools, resources, and opportunities available only to members of the Consortium.

“We look forward to partnering with the Consortium,” said Daniel Hutter, CSO. “Their experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we advance our sustainability initiatives.”

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July 5, 2018

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Spectrum Brands Gets Active!

June was a busy month at Spectrum Brands! Besides getting outside and getting active for our third annual Day of Service, we celebrated Bike to Work Week and Global Running Day.

For Bike to Work Week, which is June 2-9, we organized five days of events from an after-work 2.5 mile mountain bike ride at Pleasant View’s trails to an early morning group “ride to work and coffee” meet-up. We distributed maps of local bicycle trails to employees and topped off the week with a 20 mile group road ride that ended at Capital Brewery (with two drinks on us!).

June 6th was Global Running Day, which is simply a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation was easy—employees had to pledge to take part in some type of running activity on the day of the event from a solo lap around the block to a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with their kids. The key was to share their passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving. To celebrate, we organized a two-mile run at our world headquarters. The run began at the South end of WHQ at 11:30 a.m. and all participants earned Vitality points and t-shirt.

Congrats to all of our employees who got out and got active in June! Let’s keep it up throughout the summer.

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July 3, 2018

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A Peek Inside Spectrum Brands Nationwide Day of Service

June 14th was our third annual company-wide day of service! This year’s theme was #CommunityWithPurpose. With help from the National Environmental Education Foundation, we organized volunteer events for our employees in eight cities across the country.

Here’s a glimpse into what we did:

  • Removed invasive plants at Marshall Park and Stricker Pond in Madison, WI with help from the Clean Lakes Alliance.
  • Spruced up equestrian trails at Possum Creek with help from Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, OH.
  • Weeded, planted, harvested vegetables, and tended crops at Gateway Greening in St. Louis, MO.
  • Partnered with the Laguna Canyon Foundation in Laguna Beach, CA to pick up trash and restore trails impacted by California wildfires.
  • Lent a hand at Nellies Cave Park in Blacksburg, VA mulching, removing invasive species, and cleaning up.
  • Worked on trail maintenance and planting at Tarrywile Park and Mansion in Danbury, CT. 
  • Partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to volunteer at Hagerman Wildlife Refuge near Denison, TX.
  • Spruced up an area impacted by last year’s hurricanes at Amelia Earhart Park in Miami, FL.

“With eight Spectrum Brands locations spread throughout the country engaged in this day of service, we are poised to have a national impact on local parks and nature areas and their connected waterways,” said Spectrum Brands Division Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer Daniel Hutter in a press release. “By helping employees make the connection between their individual actions and the long-term impact they can have on the natural areas around them, the day gives our employees a chance to be part of ongoing, lasting change.”

We’re so proud of our employees for not being afraid to get their hands dirty and give back to the community! We made a big difference by working together, and we can’t wait to see what more we can do in the years to come. View more photos from our event here.

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June 28, 2018

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Now Hiring: Join our Operations Department!

Join a winning organization! Operations experts manage our international and domestic supply chain from start to finish including packaging design, quality, continuous improvement, trade compliance, and commodity management.

Here are the kind of opportunities you might find in our operations departments across the country:

  • Commodity Manager in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Controls Engineer in Dayton, Ohio
  • Distribution Planning Manager in Edgerton, Kansas
  • Senior Engineer in Middleton, Wisconsin
  • Quality Engineer in Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Sourcing Intern in Middleton, Wisconsin
  • R&D Chemist in Blacksburg, Virgina

Interested in learning more? Browse our current job openings today. Or set up a job alert so you can stay on top of anything that opens in the future.

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June 26, 2018

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3 Legitimate Reasons to Leave a Job

Deciding to leave is hard. It means you’re headed into an exhausting job search and starting on a journey into the unknown–after all, what if it doesn’t work out? But sometimes you need a little shove to help you realize that yes, it’s okay to move on from this position. No more excuses. It’s time. Here are a few of those reasons.

  1. You’re not learning anything anymore.
    When you’re not growing, that’s not good. Even a job that you’ve held for five years can teach you something new if you’re working on new projects or with new people. But if you’ve had the same daily grind in and out for two years, it’s time to look elsewhere. You don’t want to stagnate.
  2. There’s no opportunity for promotion.
    Do you feel stuck in your career trajectory? Are your counterparts at other organizations passing you by? Some organizations don’t have the budget or the opportunities to meet everyone’s dreams. Keep gaining those skills and building up your resume, but know that the promotion won’t come until you leave.
  3. It’s affecting your home life.
    It could be stress, dread, too much responsibility, a long commute, a bad boss…the list goes on. If your work life is ruining your home life, it’s time to reassess. Now. Sometimes things get better, but not always. Stop waiting. The “Sunday Scaries” should not be a weekly issue. Be proactive and take control of your career.

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June 21, 2018

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10 Quotes That Will Help You Incorporate Gratitude In Your Life

Have you said “thank you” yet today? If you haven’t started a gratitude practice yet, now might be the perfect time to start. These quotes show how much being grateful can impact our daily happiness and success. Which quote inspires you most?

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
― Epicurus

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“Always remember people who have helped you along the way, and don’t forget to lift someone up.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
― Maya Angelou

“Being grateful does not mean that everything is necessarily good. It just means that you can accept it as a gift.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
― John F. Kennedy

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
― Voltaire

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
― W.T. Purkiser

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”
― Brené Brown

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June 19, 2018

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1, 2, 3… Job Search!

Job searches can be overwhelming. Whether you’re about to kick off your search or you’re in the midst of a long hunt for the perfect opportunity, these quick tips can help you find focus and success. Keep your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel!

3 Time-Saving Tips for Your Job Search
Stay motivated and save time with these helpful tips.

3 Excuses Job Seekers Should Forget
Things don’t always go your way, but you shouldn’t settle on one of these excuses.

3 Reasons to Vacation While Job Searching
Even during a long job search, it’s okay to take a break.

3 Ways to Reenergize Your Job Search
Refocus your mind while still working on your ultimate goal.

3 Job Search Mistakes
Commit these mistakes to memory and avoid them at all costs.

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