Archive | March, 2019

What’s an Executive Coach?

March 28, 2019


You’ve likely heard of a career coach: someone who can assist you in the job search, building your resume, changing your career, finding your path, and identifying your strengths. Career coaches may be for those who are looking to find their way toward a dream job or onto a balanced path that makes them happy at home and at work. So what is an executive coach for?

For those who have already hit their stride and have found success in their position, an executive coach may seem redundant. What else can they possibly help you with? Well, a lot! Like a career coach does for job seekers, an executive coach can help you identify your strengths and how that makes you unique in the workplace–and how to best utilize those strengths to keep rising to the top.

Beyond having a better vision of yourself, an executive coach can also help you see others around you more clearly. They can guide how you in how to better manage, listen, inspire, and work well with others–both those who you manage, those who you report to, and those you work alongside. It’s no secret that building these relationships can make a huge positive difference in your career success.

Any kind of coaching is a great investment in your career. It’s worth considering for those who really want to take their success to the next level. Read more about executive coaches at Forbes.

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Make-it-Happen Mondays

March 26, 2019


What’s your Monday style? If you’re like many people who get the Sunday Scaries and dread getting back to the grind, you may start your workweek off slow. Perhaps you ease into your morning, examine your to-do list with a hot cup of coffee, and begrudgingly plan how you’re going to tackle the next few days. But what if you hit the ground running every Monday over and over and over again?

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but super-productive Mondays can make a huge difference in your work week. You won’t have to spend the end of the week playing catch up. You’ll get a step ahead on your deadlines, perhaps even meeting them early. You may even boost your mood and confidence in a way that flows into Tuesday and beyond.

You’ll also get into the good habit of dedicating the last hour on Friday (or Sunday night) to scheduling your following week in the most productive way. If you’re looking for more motivation as to why this needs to happen, think of it this way: if your Monday is already mapped out, you won’t even have to think that hard. You’ll just see a to-do list in front of you and start tackling it, no planning, debating, or prioritizing required. In a way, it takes less brain power!

How do you start your workweek?

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We’re Hiring Equipment Operators in Edgerton, KS!

March 25, 2019



Our Hardware and Home Improvement (HHI) division–a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, faucets, and commercial locksets and doors–is searching for Equipment Operators in Edgerton, Kansas!

As an equipment operator you will cycle count, receive, putaway, replenish and pick Spectrum Brands product. As a Spectrum Brands employee, you must ensure compliance with all safety policies, housekeeping rules, OSHA standards/regulations and Spectrum Brands, HHI policies and procedures. You will be a vital part of the Inbound/Outbound/Replenishment/Inventory team so attendance is extremely important as well as collaborating between departments especially Inventory.

Interested in applying now? Learn more about the position at

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Congrats, Mildred Bass, for being an HRO Today Superstar!

March 19, 2019


We were so excited to see Mildred Bass, Director of HR for the Pet, Home, and Garden Division of Spectrum Brands, recognized as an HRO Today Superstar in December of 2018. Digital transformation and globalization are completely changing the way we conduct business and find and hire new talent, and according to HRO Today, “human resources is at the forefront.”

“This year’s HRO Today Superstars have a proven track record of innovating, challenging the status quo, and redefining the new normal for HR. All the leaders featured on these pages have worked to deliver technologies, solutions, and strategies to uplift each employee while supporting organizational goals.”

HRO Today highlighted the many accomplishments Bass has achieved over the last decade in her role in St. Louis:

“She paves the way for Spectrum Brands’ success through her passion for everything she does. She is a driving force, focusing not only on the human resources aspect, but on operations as a whole. Her business etiquette is clearly represented as she sets clear groundworks for business needs, conditions, and responsibilities. She has been able to not only increase profitability but strengthen the brand name and the capabilities of Spectrum Brands’ St. Louis facility. She inspires colleagues through her enthusiasm, commitment, and dedication, and truly encourages the partnership created and sustained over the past 10 years.”

Read the full feature here.



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You’re Invited to our Job Fair in Blacksburg, VA!

March 15, 2019


What: Blacksburg Job Fair
Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 2 PM – 7 PM
Where: Blacksburg Industrial Park, 3001 Commerce Drive


Spectrum Brands is have an on-site job fair in Blacksburg, Virginia on March 20th! We have immediate openings for Packers, Machine Operators, Compounders, and Set-Up Technicians. A $1,000 sign-on bonus will be offered for skilled roles only for job fair participants.


These positions offer a four-day work week with additional overtime as well as excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K, and more. Pay is based on experience and ranges between $10-$17/hour depending on the role and experience.


We invite you to meet us on-site at the job fair for on-the-spot interviews or to apply online at


Spectrum Brands is located in the Blacksburg Industrial Park at 3001 Commerce Drive in Blacksburg, VA.

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HHI Lake Forest Surpasses Goal for Children’s Hospital of Orange County Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

March 12, 2019


Lake Forest’s FUN Committee hit their goal again with another holiday-themed community fundraiser. For Valentine’s Day, the team raised funds for the local children’s hospital by sending candy grams to co-workers, purchasing craft kits for kids, and collecting cash donations.

The team’s goal was to raise $1,000 and to sell 100 craft kits. Over the course of the week, the Lake Forest associates came together to donate $1,583 and purchase 176 craft bags for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Thank you to all who participated this year’s fundraiser!

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Don’t Forget to Prepare This Before Your Next Interview

March 7, 2019


Your interview prep probably looks like this: research the organization then drill a bunch of common interview questions. Right? But here’s one thing that you absolutely have to prepare. It must be rock solid. What is it? Your story.

Your career chronology is important. Form a narrative around it. How did you get here? What inspired you? Why did you make that jump? How did you climb the ranks? What are those holes? How did you make change? What was your biggest achievement? Where would you like to go next? Paint a picture with examples, details, numbers, references, and more.

Regardless of what your story is, make it consistent and clear and purposeful. This is your chance to show how you’ve progressed throughout your career, what your interests are fueling your career, and what your goals are. This kind of direction and purpose will further define you as a quality candidate for hire.

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The Best Interview Practice: A Mock Interview

March 5, 2019


College campuses around the country hold mock interviews for soon-to-be-graduates. Students sign up for a slot of time with a representative from a local employer or a university employee. They ask typical interview questions and provide feedback on answers, resumes, and cover letters.

If you’re currently enrolled as a student, this advice is easy: don’t miss the next mock interview session! But if you’re long past your college days, don’t fret. It’s easy to stage a mock interview. Recruit a friend, partner, colleague, or mentor who’s advice and career path you admire. If they’re familiar with your field and the position you’re going for–great. But if not, that’s ok. Many of the interview questions you need to practice are universal.

The most crucial part of interview prep is speaking your answers out loud, and thinking fast and clearly on your feet. Your mind has to be able to hop from one subject to another while crafting answers that shine the best light on you. This is why a mock interview is by far the best way to land your next opportunity.

Set up a 30-minute block of time–20 minutes for questions and 10 minutes for feedback. Afterward, practice the questions which you stumbled upon the first time. Then schedule a follow-up a few days later. Repeat the mock interview and see if you’ve improved.

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