Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Love the Company, Hate the Job? 5 Tips on Making an Internal Move

The first day jitters have taken hold, you catch yourself day dreaming of the possibilities and you know that every step you’ve taken in your career thus far has led you here. Great colleagues, broadened responsibilities and the surety that you’ve made the right move. Fast forward a year later and you realize that you may have set that expectation bar a little too high. You love your employer your current role may not be the position for you or maybe you’ve simply outgrown it and there is no potential for upward or even lateral mobility.

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Wednesday Feb 10, 2016

From The Rio Bravo to Tierra de Fuego: Meet Oracle Latin America


Being Branding Lead for Latin America has allowed me to meet a lot of wonderful people. But, more importantly has allowed me to get to know the awesome work that’s done all throughout the region and how we are making a difference in every country we are in.  Today I’d like to take you on a brief tour of what’s going in Oracle Latin America, and show you some of the projects that you could join.

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Monday Feb 08, 2016

New Job? Here’s How to Make Them Fall in Love With You

They say people are likely to change jobs ten to fifteen times during their careers. This makes our ability to integrate in new work environments an undeniable must-have, especially if we aim to climb one step higher with every role we fill. So in an effort to making standout first impressions at work, I came to realize that our thinking process and rules behind that are somehow similar to those we apply to dating.

It may sound a bit far-fetched, but take a look at the common grounds:

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Friday Feb 05, 2016

A 5-Step Guide to Managing Your Projects Effectively

Whether you work in a large-scale company or in a small-sized business, project management is the key engine that keeps work moving and performance increasing. As a senior branding and communications professional with over 13 years of experience with managing branding and advertising programs, I’ve found that even though project demands and industries might vary, there is an approach that can help you manage projects a lot easier.

To help you stay on the leading edge of the best practices, I summed up the main steps that you can apply in your strategy that have worked for me so far and that will help you achieve your business goals.

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Wednesday Feb 03, 2016

4 Tough Interview Questions & How to Give a Winning Answer

Sometimes I think of interviews as an audition. You’ve got a limited amount of time to highlight your talent and impress a skeptical audience watching your every move. This makes preparing for an interview the essential no candidate can afford to miss out on.The truth is, “even relatively smart people don’t prepare very well for interviews,” says John Lees in The Interview Expert: How to Get the Job You Want. However, there’s a way to overcome that – by starting to prepare for the questions you’re about to be asked, especially those you want to avoid.

Let’s run through the most common ones and a how to answer them in a professional and diplomatic way.

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Tuesday Feb 02, 2016

Communities at Work: Why They Matter in Your Career Path

Communities at Work: Why They Matter in Your Career Path

In a world that’s mostly technology driven, and rarely gives us the chance to meet new people and try out new experiences, having this opportunity within your work environment is quite literally priceless. We spend quite a chunk of our adult lives in an office, and are rarely aware of the wealth of personal wins we get from interacting with our peers: be it a brilliant idea, a new hobby, a sympathetic ear or even a lifelong friend.

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Monday Jan 25, 2016

How to Make Your Professional Relationships Work

Handling your work relationships is a career progression essential you can’t afford to overlook. While your skills and knowledge are the backbone of your performance as an employee, teamwork is the business card you need to use in order to achieve your goals faster and easier. This is why getting along with your team is no longer a matter of choice, but a matter of proving how professional you are so that you get the most out of your work by effectively using the human resources you have available.

But what happens when some work relationships fail to bring added value to your job? Or when a colleague disappoints you when you’re working as a team? How do we bounce back on trusting teamwork when teamwork doesn’t actually work for us?

If you’re dealing with these challenges, here is a way of letting go of negative impressions and learning how to start fresh.

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Friday Jan 22, 2016

Volunteering – A Driver for Employee Engagement

First thing’s first – what IS employee engagement? We’ve been hearing about how this magical ingredient is what essentially drives people into becoming more productive at work, but the term seems to have slipped into our [corporate] vocabulary without much explanation.

To put it in simple terms employee engagement is defined as the emotional and functional commitment a professional has to his or her organization. After all, we all know that employees don’t leave companies, they leave people.

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Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Becoming a Team Player


Collaboration is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Sure, at an early age we are taught to play nicely in the sandbox and share our toys but that concept doesn’t always withstand the test of self-promotion or the longing to simply do things your own way. One of the biggest challenges in my position as a Recruitment Branding Lead for North America has been working successfully alongside a global team. As a former recruiter I had become accustomed to life in my silo, working independently and treating each job that needed filling as my own. Staying in my lane was comfortable and while I’ve always enjoyed building relationships, partnering on work assignments was certainly never my sweet spot. 

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Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

The Power of Deadlines And Why You Actually Need Them

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein”, said H. Jackson Brown Jr. Truth be told however, today’s business market and competitivity is a lot different than what it was 10 years ago, let alone when Michelangelo created his legendary art. This makes performance in our current and immensely challenging work environments a lot more difficult to achieve.

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Friday Jan 15, 2016

Learning to Lead

Leadership has become one of those qualities that are crucial to business. However, becoming a leader is not an easy process in my time as Employer Branding Lead for Latin America there a few lessons I’ve learned, that have helped me be successful and set the foundation for bigger and better projects. It’s a tough journey, but it’s definitively worth making. 

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Monday Jan 11, 2016

The Star Wars Legacy That Will Make You a Career Jedi


No matter where you work, you’ll always find some sort of struggle: to be successful, noticed, promoted, to overcome a difficult time within your team or change someone’s opinion about you as an employee. The way we respond to this struggle can dictate how we are seen as employees or business people.

Much like Jedis were responsible for maintaining peace in the Galactic Republic, we need to learn to take the right actions in challenging times in order to make the most out of our jobs. Thinking about the Star Wars story made me find a couple of ways that will make this process a lot easier.

 

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Monday Jan 04, 2016

5 Answers to Be Successful in 2016

That time of year is here again: New Year’s resolutions. We’re all thinking about it: gym memberships, weight loss, commitments to personal needs, the list can go on and on. But have you stopped to think about any professional goals you might have? Do you have resolutions around them? If the answer is no, I ask you “Why not”? To find out the shorter way to success in 2016 you need to have clear answers regarding your professional activity till now.


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Start Right! 5 New Year Career Resolutions to Actually Keep in 2016

The start of a fresh new year is a time of great expectations in what concerns our career path. We pledge to ourselves to get a promotion, earn more money or even change careers. We reflect on the good and the bad, what has worked and what hasn’t brought us satisfaction. But most of all, we want change.

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Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

Why Treating Your Job Like Your BFF Matters

I could never picture my life without my best friends. The amount of effort invested in keeping us together as well as the good times that have made our lives so enjoyable and real convinced me that there’s nothing more beautiful and rewarding than building long lasting friendships.

This got me thinking about commitments, our responsibilities when it comes to jobs and how much better we could handle them if we applied the same principles we use when building our friendships.

Let’s think about it: what would be the outcomes of treating your job the way you treat your BFF?

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