Archive | June, 2018

Now Hiring: Join our Operations Department!

June 28, 2018

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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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3 Legitimate Reasons to Leave a Job

June 26, 2018

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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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10 Quotes That Will Help You Incorporate Gratitude In Your Life

June 21, 2018

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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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1, 2, 3… Job Search!

June 19, 2018

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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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How to Become Better at Saying “No!”

June 14, 2018

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It may sound counterintuitive, but learning how to say “no” is a career skill that you need to learn how to master. Sure, being a “yes” person can open doors and keep you open to possibilities, but saying “no” will keep you sane. This round-up of posts is a good reminder about control, guilt, time management, and productivity and how they affect your career success.

Take Control Of Your Work Day: Block Off Your Calendar For Y-O-U
Not only will this strategy keep you on task, but it will keep you in control. And that’s the first step in being productive!

Need Help Saying No? First You Need “Me Time.”
Reverse-engineering your work day–that is, protecting a certain block of time each day without guilt or shame–allows you to say no more easily. You’ll be able to respond quickly and without a blink when you’re asked to spread yourself too thin.

3 Ways to Fit More Free Time Into Your Life
Just because you’re available doesn’t mean you have to say “yes,” just because you have an hour doesn’t mean you have to fill it with chores, and just because your to-do list isn’t done it doesn’t mean you should stay up late.

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10 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Succeed…and Fail

June 12, 2018

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We all want success, but with success comes a great risk: failure. But maybe failure is exactly what we have to be willing to embrace if we want to succeed. These quotes dive into the relationship between success and failure. Which one is your favorite?

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

“I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.”
― Herbert Bayard Swope

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
― Herman Melville

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote

“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
― Oliver Goldsmith

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

“Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.”
― Coco Chanel

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
― Robert F. Kennedy

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Do Something That Scares You!

June 7, 2018

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Why would I do something that scares me? Because it’s good for your career! We’re not sure if there’s any scientific evidence behind this one, but it’s safe to say that when you step outside your comfort zone, you learn something about yourself. Agreed? It’s also a good practice in overlooking perfection–and you might inspire others along the way.

Here are some ways you can incorporate a little “danger” into your work day:

  • Apply for a promotion.
  • Set up a lunch with someone you admire at work.
  • Sign up to attend a conference.
  • Ask for a raise.
  • Apply to speak at a conference.
  • Give feedback you’ve been too afraid to give.
  • Join a club or committee.
  • Sign up for a creative class.
  • Ask for feedback from your boss and coworkers.
  • Give a speech.
  • Organize a new club or committee.
  • Read a book on leadership or self improvement.
  • Try a new look via a new wardrobe or hair style.
  • Raise your hand for a project that you’d never have considered previously.

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How to Define Your Strengths

June 5, 2018

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Have an upcoming job interview? You’ll undoubtedly be asked about your strengths. But even if you’re not going through the job search process, it’s important to know your super powers. Can you easily define them right now? It’s harder than you think.

In theory, these strengths should be highly desirable skills that make you stand out from others on a daily basis and in an interview setting. Whatever skills you pick, make sure you have some solid examples to back yourself up. Here are some ideas to get you started:

The ability to…

  • learn and grow from mistakes
  • prioritize and efficiently delegate large scale projects
  • meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure
  • communicate effectively and succinctly across teams
  • solve problems creatively by assessing all angles
  • stay calm and focused in a high-stress environment
  • lead and take on responsibility when others won’t

Do you see yourself in any of these examples?

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