Archive | January, 2017

Our Top 10 Posts on Career Success

January 31, 2017


Career GoalsHow do you define “career success?” It’s different for everyone. But this roundup of our top posts should help inspire you to put your career first in the new year. Which tips will you take advantage of?

  1. 3 Habits of Successful Employees
  2. 10 Tips for New Hire Success
  3. The Secret to Ensuring Success at Work
  4. Don’t Let Excuses Hold You Back From Success
  5. Take this Quiz: 10 Simple Tricks for Career Success
  6. The Key to Career Success is…[Insert Anything Here]
  7. 4 Things You Need in Your Career Success Toolkit
  8. The 3 People Who Can Help Make Your Career a Success
  9. 50 Pieces of Career Advice
  10. Quotes About Career Success

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Behind the Scenes: Our U.S. Offices

January 26, 2017



Middleton, WI – World Headquarters

3001 Deming Way
Middleton, WI 53562

The new World Headquarters building opened in 2013 with space for 60 product development and testing labs, a cafeteria and fitness center. Spectrum Brands’ Shared Services teams are based here, along with the Global Battery & Appliance leadership and product development teams. Employees here wear jeans, enjoy free popcorn and Alterra coffee every day, participate in frequent social/community volunteerism activities, and have direct access to bike trails and bus stops.

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Click for more information on the Madison area.

Lake Forest, CA – Hardware & Home Improvement

19701 DaVinci
Lake Forest, CA 92610

Located in Orange County and approximately 23 miles from the Disneyland Theme Park and Resort, our Lake Forest location serves as the central hub of operations for the HHI division. The facility includes a café, an R & D model shop and and space for approximately 500 employees. Our employees participate in frequent social/community volunteerism activities.

Click for more information on the Lake Forest area.

St. Louis, MO – PHG Corporate

1 Rider Trail Plaza Drive
Earth City, MO 63045

The Pet, Home & Garden corporate office is home to a café, a fitness center, and the Home & Garden R&D Lab and Insectary. Departments based at this location include Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance, Regulatory, R&D and Human Resources. Employees are offered robust wellness opportunities and participate in frequent social/community volunteerism activities.

Click for more information on the St. Louis area.

Danbury, CT – GAC

44 Old Ridgebury Rd.
Danbury, CT 06810

Located in historic Fairfield County, Danbury is a short drive from both New York City and picturesque points in New England. The Danbury office serves at the central hub for the Global Auto Care business. Employees at this location enjoy both a casual office atmosphere and an onsite cafe that serves both breakfast and lunch.

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Miami Lakes, FL – Latin America Headquarters

15450 New Barn Road
Miami Lakes, FL 33014

Spectrum’s Latin American headquarters is in the quaint downtown area of Miami Lakes.This facility supports approximately 14 countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Central American and Caribbean countries. The team enjoys a business casual (jeans) work environment, a Friday morning “Breakfast Club” over coffee and empanadas, and gather together to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries each month.

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Our Top 10 Interview Posts

January 24, 2017


22981117562_7fa0553a56_zWhen you’re about to walk into a job interview, are you terrified or energized? Either way, the following posts can help you make your next interview even better. Seasoned job seekers and recent graduates can learn a lot from these 10 posts we’ve gathered about the job interview process. It never hurts to brush up on job search etiquette and learn a few hacks for making your interview great.

  1. 8 Signs the Interview Went Well
  2. Who’s Who in the Interview Process
  3. Things You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Talk About in the Interview Process
  4. The One Trick that Will Make Your Interview a Success
  5. 3 Interview Red Flags and How to Respond to Them
  6. 13 Things You Should Never Do in an Interview
  7. 3 Things to Consider Before Dressing for Your Next Interview
  8. How to Handle a Bad Interview/er
  9. 5 Starters for Interview Small Talk
  10. How to Handle the “Conflict” Interview Question

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The Reality of Meeting (and Not Meeting) Your Goals

January 19, 2017


3166085824_d93fe8c5c5_zA new year means new resolutions. But before you go ahead and write down a list of new goals, you have to take a crucial step: look back at last year’s goals. There’s a chance you didn’t meet those goals. There’s also a chance you did. The important part is that you take inventory of what you met, what you didn’t meet, and why. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Which of my 2016 goals did I meet?
  2. Which of my 2016 goals did I not meet?
  3. Why did I not reach those goals?
  4. What roadblocks can I overcome in 2017?

Take time to reflect and think about why some of your ambitions fell flat and while others were a success. Were you falling victim to self sabotage? Were you making excuses? If you have a few outstanding goals that you didn’t meet last year, what will you do differently this year to make those things happen? Write down your responses and your plan of attack. Your success is in your hands! Make this year the best one yet.

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How to Work with Type A Personalities

January 17, 2017

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62429852_0235b5dd0b_zKnowing your personality type can help you perform better at work, and it can help you identify how to best work with others. That means better relationships and communication with your boss and coworkers. One of the most well known theories of personality types is Andrew Goldsmith’s Theory on Type A and Type B Personality. According to Simply Psychology, Type A people tend to be:

  • competitive
  • self critical
  • highly involved in work
  • ‘wound up’
  • prone to overreact
  • under a constant sense of urgency
  • impatient with delays
  • overcommitted
  • multitaskers
  • easily angered

Does that sound like you or someone you know? Whether you fit under this personality type or you know someone who does, here are some things to keep in mind according to Psychology Today:

  1. They don’t like to waste time.
  2. They want you to get to the point.
  3. They don’t like to be late, or wait for someone who is running late.
  4. They love timelines and deadlines.

Still not sure if you’re Type A? Take this personality test at Psychology Today to determine if you are.

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Our Top 10 Productivity Posts

January 12, 2017


8499752998_3cb54fe872_zProductivity. It’s one of those things that we keep writing about and keep reading about because — why else? — no one has perfectly cracked the code. But reading different productivity tips and strategies is the only way to find out what works for you. After all, maybe something that worked for you in the past has stopped being effective. And maybe there’s a new trick hidden in one of the following blog posts that will change you life. Hey, it’s worth looking!

  1. Top 5 Productivity Killers
  2. Why Doing Nothing is Good For Your Productivity
  3. How to Get Rid of Digital Clutter and Boost Your Productivity
  4. Take Note: The Simplest Productivity Hack Ever
  5. 7 Productivity Apps that Will Keep You Focused
  6. 3 Habits that Will Instantly Boost Your Productivity Level
  7. One-Minute Productivity Tips You Can’t Pass Up
  8. Productivity Hacks That Work
  9. How to Delegate Effectively at Work
  10. A Guide to Good Posture (It Boosts Your Productivity!)

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Can’t Find Work-Life Balance? You May Have One of These Problems.

January 10, 2017


5242760927_cc8f6ca24d_zWork-life balance is not an easy achievement. It’s a skill you’ll have to constantly improve throughout your career. But your first step is to figure out why you can’t achieve it. Read the descriptions of these following three personas and see which sounds familiar to you.

You could be a… workaholic.
If you’re the first in the office every morning, the last out each night, and one of those people who prides themselves on rarely taking a vacation day, you may be a workaholic. There’s a difference between being dedicated to your job and letting it take over your life.

You could be a… micromanager.
You know you could do the job better so you just do it yourself. Every. Single. Time. Or, you simply cannot not make an edit or change when you’re approving the work of others. You may need to learn how to delegate more effectively. You can’t be a solid leader until you learn this skill.

You could be…unproductive.
You may not realize it, but there are lots of little things you do each day that seem productive but are the exact opposite. For example, multitasking and emails are just two “productive” tasks that aren’t really productive. You need to learn how to use your time more efficiently. After all, more hours doesn’t mean that you’re more productive.

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5 Tips That Will Help You Stick to Your Resolutions

January 5, 2017


31229389133_8cd3c235cf_zGoal setting is easy. Keeping those goals is a whole other story. If you want to keep your 2017 goals on track, you need a plan of attack. Here are a few tips that will help you stick to your resolutions and goals for the new year.

  1. Visualize.
    Thinking? That’s it?! Visualizing may seem silly, but it’s not. The world’s top athletes use visualization to help them perform their best, and you can use this technique too. Learn more about how visualizing can help your career.
  2. Give your goal the respect it deserves.
    One of your goals may be to pick up a new hobby like an instrument or a new language. It’s easy to let these commitments fall to the wayside. But did you know that hobbies can actually help your career? You’ll be less likely to quit your goals when you realize just how good they are for you.
  3. Get rid of the distractions.
    If you’re often saying, “There’s never enough time!” or “I’m busy!” think about how you really spend your time. As the saying goes, if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. That may mean giving up TV time every night, logging out of Facebook, or avoiding one of these popular productivity killers.
  4. Get quality sleep.
    You can’t get through the work day confidently and efficiently if you’re tired. There are many things you can do to improve your energy during the day but it all starts with a good night’s sleep. Cutting out caffeine in the afternoon and exercising daily are just two tips that will help you fall asleep.
  5. Live smarter.
    There are many ways to work smarter, not harder from to-do lists to goal-setting. Delegating is also a key strategy for working efficiently. Revisit our list of 10 ways to delegate at home and at work, and you may just find a few ways to give yourself a bit more time to focus on your priorities.

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FREE! The Ultimate Guide to Career Mentorship

January 3, 2017


11320869875_3ea5ce02d3_z2017 is a great year to take your career to the next level: and a career mentor can help. Whether you find someone inside or outside of your organization, this person can help you define your career path, grow your skills, and stay motivated throughout the year.

We’ve compiled a free guide to career mentorship with a few of our best posts on the topic from our blog. Download it now and let us know what you think!

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