Archive | June, 2017

4 Things To Do Before Your Summer Internship Ends

June 29, 2017


Summer internships are in full swing! Sure, you’d rather be on the beach, but hey, you’re one step ahead of all your classmates who are simply getting a tan. It will be worth it in the long run. Here are four more things you can do to make this internship experience even more valuable. Before the internship ends, be sure to…

  1. Get a recommendation.
    When it comes time to search for a job (or even another internship), you’ll need a referral. Get a verbal or written confirmation that your internship boss would be willing to do this or–even better–get them to write a recommendation for you on LinkedIn. If you’ve done really well, you may even have a handful of people in the organization that you’ve networked with who’d be willing to help.
  2. Make some waves.
    We all know that the best resumes feature results as opposed to a simple list of job duties and responsibilities. Whatever project you’ve been tasked with, find a way to translate how it impacted the business’s bottom line with dollars, impressions, percentages, whatever! Prove that you’ve made an impact no matter how little.
  3. Get connected.
    Whether it’s through email, phone calls, or LinkedIn, start establishing a relationship with the connections you’ve made so they can carry over beyond the internship. That way you can stay top of mind when and if a full-time job does open up upon graduation. Be sure to express your interest in future opportunities before leaving.
  4. Take inventory.
    What did you love about this position, this company, and this industry? What didn’t you like? The answers to these questions can better guide your schooling, your future internships, and your job prospects. Every opportunity is a learning experience. It’s not easy to figure out what you want to do in life so start diving deep now.

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These Quotes About Career Success Will Inspire You

June 26, 2017


We look at legends and leaders throughout our history and can’t help but think: wow, aren’t they lucky? However, they’d be the first to tell you that it took a lot more than luck. Reading the following quotes is a nice reminder that success doesn’t come easily. It’s time to get to work!

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele

“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.” – Bruce Lee

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.”  – Marlon Wayans

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Don’t Let Summer Slow You Down

June 22, 2017


What’s better than summer and the holidays? If you ask a job seeker, they’ll say “any other time of the year!” It’s true that June through August and November and December are known historically as slow periods when it comes to hiring. But the best season for job searching is only dependent on one variable: you. Are you ready to search for a job? Then it’s a great time to search for a job!

Don’t get discouraged by the doom and gloom articles about the summer slump. Plenty of companies are continuously hiring throughout the year. Especially if they, like us, are building new facilities that require hundreds of new positions. There’s also the chance for a boom in seasonal work opportunities. And you could never possibly predict when someone is leaving a company, which leaves a wide opening for you to swoop in!

So use the summer as you would any other time of the year: set your job alerts, get your resume polished, and keep networking. If you’re lucky, you can do this all poolside. 😉 Don’t forget to find some time for fun too!

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We’re Hiring in Virginia!

June 16, 2017


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Spectrum Brands Volunteer Day 2017

June 15, 2017


On June 1, we took to our local communities at all four of our US headquarters (Dayton, OH; Lake Forest, CA; Middleton, WI; and St. Louis, MO) for a company day of service focused on water stewardship.

A big THANK YOU to the hundreds of Spectrum Brands employees who hit the trail (bike trails and walkways, that is) to support our partnership with Clean Lakes Alliance and maintain our parks, waterways, and open nature spaces around the country.

To strengthen the impact and educational value of the day, we partnered with the National Environmental Education Foundation. According to WeSpire, employees tend to take home what they learn at work. In a study, 89% of respondents stated they would try a sustainability tactic at home that was introduced at work.

More thanks go out to Gateway Greening, Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, Clean Lakes Alliance, and the National Environmental Education Foundation for making this day possible!

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Spectrum Brands is Committed to Fitness!

June 13, 2017

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In June, we held a fitness event for #GlobalRunningDay at our Middleton headquarters. Twenty-five employees embarked on a mid-day two-mile run along the Pheasant Branch trails right outside our front door. Those who participated got points toward our internal wellness program and a t-shirt for participating.

But fitness isn’t a one-day commitment for us. We offer amazing wellness benefits to our employees year round.

All Locations

  • Vitality wellness program that allows employees to track fitness goals, activity, and biometrics then earn points redeemable for gift cards and fitness equipment

 Middleton, WI

  • On-site gym open 24/7 to employees including showers, towels, and Remington hair appliances
  • MondayFriday fitness classes including yoga, boot camp, pilates, kickboxing, Zumba, and more
  • Immediate access to bike and running trails
  • Masseuse on-site every other Friday

St. Louis, MO

  • On-site gym with locker rooms, showers, and towels
  • FREE fitness classes
  • Lunchtime walking club
  • Subsidized personal training

Lake Forest, CA

  • On-site yoga and boot camp classes
  • Weekly walk/run club
  • Annual softball league
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What To Do When You Don’t Like Your Job

June 8, 2017


I’m sorry. That’s about all there is to say when someone admits that they aren’t loving their job. If you are dreading going into work each day and incessantly talking about how much you dislike it over the weekend… then you know you have a problem. It’s time for a big change like a new position within your company or a new company altogether. Heck, maybe even a career change! But until you can tackle that challenge, there are a few things you can do to make a difference.

  1. Schedule things that you will look forward to during the work week. The weekdays are not just for work–schedule in some fun too! Happy hours with friends, a scenic bike ride, a guitar lesson, a tennis match, a massage…anything will do!
  2. Turn off the negativity when you walk through the door. Once you’re home, do your best to avoid complaining or commiserating. It will take some practice but overly talking about the problem won’t make it go away.
  3. Start exploring what’s out there. Casually network with friends, browse some career boards, or set up a coffee date with someone you look up to. It will give you hope that there is a solution in the near future.
  4. Take a lunch break. Eating at your desk doesn’t count! Leave the office and take some time to decompress, read a book, or grab a meal with friends. You’ll reenergize yourself for the afternoon.
  5. Don’t check out completely. Even if you’re 8thinking about leaving, remember a few things: you want your boss to write a LinkedIn recommendation for you, you want to leave the company on a good note, and you want some great things to talk about in your next interview. Use this time to prepare for your future as much as you can.

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These Quotes about Procrastination Will Get You Moving

June 6, 2017


If you suffer from procrastination (don’t we all!) you need a kick in the butt now and then. Hopefully one of these quotes will be that kick you need! If it is, write it down and paste it on your desk or your computer monitor. Let’s do this!

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” – Coco Chanel

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life?” – Steve Jobs

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” – William Shakespeare

“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” -Henry Ford

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

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6 Things High Performers Have in Common

June 1, 2017


The Harvard Business Review just released a study analyzing feedback from more than 5,000 managers on what constitutes a high performer. Want to impress your boss? Read on.

There are more than a few indicators that can signal to your boss that not only are you a keeper but that you deserve a promotion. Here is a summary of those signals. How many have you already mastered?

  1. Achieve your goals and deliver results.
  2. Complete a high quality of work. It’s not about just getting it done, but getting it done impeccably well.
  3. Work well with others so you become a trusted partner, not a lone soldier.
  4. Keep up to date on technology and industry expertise.
  5. Align the company’s goals with your goals.
  6. Talk yourself up in… a professional way of course.

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