Archive | December, 2013

How to Stay Energized During Your Work Day

December 31, 2013


Stay energized through your work dayThe afternoon slump is a part of the day that’s almost impossible to avoid — so what can you possibly do to stay energized during this dreaded time? We have three solutions for you. Give’em a go and then let us know if they helped you pull through!

1. Exercise.
Throughout the day, be sure to leave your desk. Make a lap around the office. Take a 15 minute walk outside. At the very least, stand up and then touch your toes. Challenge a coworker to a quick pushup contest. You’d be surprised how quickly just even a little bit of movement can help energize your body.

2. Help Someone.
It always feels good when you help others, right? So why not make it a part of your daily routine. The next time a coworker asks for help, raise your hand. One good deed could fuel you through the entire afternoon.

3. Ask for help.
Feeling uninspired or completely stuck? Before you hit rock bottom, ask a coworker for some assistance. Whether you need someone to bounce off ideas, someone to show you a better way to do something, or just a quick break to take your mind off an upcoming deadline, your coworker can help you out.

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Top 25 Job Skills That Got People Hired in 2013

December 26, 2013


Top Job Skills of 2013LinkedIn conducted a year-end wrap up and analyzed the top 25 skills that helped people land a job in 2013. What were they? You might be surprised — or not. The top answers were tech heavy followed by your staples: marketing, recruiting, and relationship development.

Here are the top 10 skills LinkedIn found to be the most desirable in 2013:

  1. Social Media Marketing
  2. Mobile Development
  3. Cloud and Distributed Computing
  4. Perl/Python/Ruby
  5. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
  6. User Interface Design
  7. Digital and Online Marketing
  8. Recruiting
  9. Business Development/Relationship Development
  10. Retail Payment and Information Systems

Read the rest of the list here. Whether you have these skills or not, it’s never too late to grow your potential. If you’re looking to improve, read 3 Ways to Boost Your Skills at Work or Soft Skills Rock! What Employers Really Want.

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We Asked, You Answered: Career Advice for Recent College Grads

December 23, 2013


Advice for recent gradsRecent and soon-to-be graduates are only looking for one thing — a job — but a little advice can never hurt. We asked our Facebook fans to chime in and dish on the one piece of advice they’d give to college students who are about to enter the real world. Here’s what you said.
  • “If you don’t want to work hard for a job you don’t like, what impression does that give to those hiring for the jobs you do like?” – Derek Barrow
  • “Be very persistent. Keep calling and show them you want that job more than anything.” – Dan Koger
  • “Grad school.” – David Shaw
  • “Network as much as possible. Do volunteer work. Take more classes to perfect and improve skills. Get out from behind your computer. SMILE, make your bed everyday and be positive. Imagine yourself in your dream role and take steps toward it each day… even if they’re small steps!” – Sharon Pescheret
  • “Hike Europe!” – Kelly Williams
  • “Be positive in everything you do. Never, ever give up! Smile and be happy!” – Holly Helmus
Do you have better advice? Share it below!
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Habits of the Super Successful… That You Can Steal Today

December 20, 2013


What is the recipe for success? Some would argue a simple answer — a strict routine with a pinch of dedication. The answer isn’t the same for everyone, but there are a few mantras that can help even the most uninspired feel rejuvenated. Here are three ways you can take a step toward success:

1. Get up early.
You’ve heard this one before. But if you can get up before your family, you can plan you day and maybe even get a few things done without distraction. If you’re having a hard time squeezing a work out in at night, think about how much easier it would be in the morning.

2. Take breaks.
No one can be “on” 24/7. Incorporate time to recharge into your life. It might be as simple as afternoon walks or as drastic as “unplugged” weekends — can you imagine a full Saturday and Sunday without touching the computer?

3. Ask questions.
Whether it’s about your current project, your current position, your company, or your life — stop and take some reflection. Ask the tough questions. Don’t be afraid to look at an old problem from a new angle. You might be surprised at what you discover.

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Time Management Tips That Actually Work

December 20, 2013


It feels like we could read about time management and productivity for the rest of our lives and still not quite understand it. But taking just a small amount of time to get organized may help us take control of our time in a big way.

And it’s important to understand a couple concepts as well. One, know that you’ll never have enough time in the day. Two, remember that about 2o percent of your efforts produce 80 percent of your results. The rest is probably distractions, procrastination, and unimportant tasks. wrote a great piece recently about time management and these were our favorite bits of advice:

  • Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day.
  • Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you absolutely have to get work done.
  • Practice not answering the phone just because it’s ringing and e-mails just because they show up.
  • Schedule time for interruptions.
  • Carry a schedule.

Which of these time management tips do you follow religously?

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10 Motivation Quotes For Your Career

December 13, 2013


SONY DSC“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.” – Andrew Carnegie

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Opportunities don’t often come along. So, when they do, you have to grab them.” – Audrey Hepburn

“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” – Carlton Fisk

“Desire! That’s the one secret of every man’s career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.” – Johnny Carson 

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” – Marva Collins

“Nothing worthwhile comes easily.  Work, continuous work, and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.” – Hamilton Holt

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7 Ways to Say Goodbye to Stress

December 12, 2013


cloudsStress can knock you down when you need to be your highest-performing self. Whether it’s the holidays, a job hunt, a big project at work, or family commitments — or a combination of all of these — it’s important to know how to take control of your stress.

What are your triggers? What are your warning signs? How can you calm yourself down? Here are seven tips that can help you de-stress almost instantly — and you can do them from the comfort of your desk:

1. Pop in your headphones and turn up the tunes — preferably classical music.
2. Shut off your phone even for just one hour.
3. Chew your favorite piece of gum.
4. Take a break and eat a healthy snack.
5. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breath out… do this slowly.
6. Eat one small and sweet piece of candy — it’s a treat!
7. Give yourself a break with a viral video of your choice.

Read the science behind the above strategies and find 13 more scientifically-backed ways to de-stress right now on Huffington Post.

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We Asked, You Answered: What Do You Look For in a New Position?

December 6, 2013

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Now HiringThere’s no doubt about it — employers have a set of qualities they look for in each new hire. But what do employees look for? After all, job seekers shouldn’t take just any job. They should know what they’re looking for in a position. It’s important to understand what makes you feel inspired, respected, and motivated.

What’s interesting is that salary is not often at the top of an employee’s list of needs and wants. Interesting work, great coworkers, and benefits like flexible schedules often outweigh the dollar signs. It seems that our Spectrum Brands Careers Facebook fans  agree. We asked what they look for in a new position and here’s what they said:

“Teamwork!” – Jon Pederson
“Challenge.” – Dwight Johnson 
“Positive attitude.” – Laura Quintana
“Management, friendliness of team, challenge, benefits and — of course — salary!” – Alison Hegg
What would you add? Comment below!
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How Productive Are You?

December 5, 2013


HOw Productive can you be?You’re probably not the only one who made a resolution to be more productive in 2014. But if you really dedicated yourself to achieving this goal, how productive do you think you could become? You might be surprised at your potential. There are more articles than we dare to count on the subject, but there seems to be a few nuggets of advice that appear in each one. Here’s our take on how to increase your productivity in 2014:

1. Track Your Time.
Starting this week, track your time — including the time you spend procrastinating — and the hours in which you get the most work done. Are you more focused in the morning or the afternoon? The goal here is to dig deeper: find out the exact hours in which you get the most work completed, even if it’s just two hours.

2. Block Out That Time Each Day.
On your calendar, mark this segment of your day as “busy” — after all, you’re going to be busy working! You may not be able to save this time every day — meetings! — but try your best to schedule your life around this sacred time.

3. Stay Focused.
Each morning, map out your day. During your non-meeting times, plan out what projects need to get done and about how much time it should take. Sometimes self-imposed deadlines can inspire you to work more efficiently.

4. Take Breaks.
When you are working at inopportune times or you’re feeling especially unmotivated, take a break. Go for a walk, eat a snack, play a word game. Find the one thing that energizes you.

5. Limit Your Distractions.
Remove your biggest culprits. Close your email for an hour. Turn off your phone for part of the day or at least turn off push notifications. Log out of social media sites. Put in headphones so your coworkers are less likely to bother you. When there’s nothing to distract you, you’ll have nothing to do but work. Get to it!

How do you stay focused and productive? Comment below or tweet us @Spectrum_Brands!

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