Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Hot tips to keep productivity from freezing in the cold season

Are you feeling less productive in the cold season? Nobody can blame you. Days are getting shorter, the sun becomes a rare treat and your bed has never been more appealing. All these can take a toll on your energy and on your productiveness. I’ve been working for 3 cold seasons now, and I must say the Laziness Bug bit a few times. Unfortunately we can’t just sink in our beds until spring comes and we need to keep delivering the same good work throughout the year. So in order to remain focused and productive in the cold season, we must understand why it happens and what we can do about it.

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Friday Oct 02, 2015

Are You Looking For A Job? Check Your Job Blacklist First

There are a lot of young people who haven’t discovered their passion yet. In most cases, these are the people who go to work because they are supposed to. They feel the social pressure of having a well paid job without considering what makes them happy as long as it pays the bill. Ask yourself this simple question: what’s my passion? If your answer is I don’t know or I can’t figure out what I like doing, don’t worry. You are not the only one having this dilemma and fortunately there are some questions that can put you back on the right track.

Before finding that passion to turn into a dream job, you must first make a list of the things you… hate. Knowing what things you don’t like doing indirectly leads you to the things you like doing. So, clear your mind and go into a quiet place and ask yourself the following questions. It’s time to be honest with yourself.[Read More]

Thursday Oct 01, 2015

Case Study: How We Leveraged Google Forms for Candidate Pipelining and Engagement

Earlier this year the team at Careers at Oracle was faced with a challenge. We needed to gather exposure for our brand and for the premiere recruiting events across North America. In this case study you'll find how we created a recruitment branding campaign for our Oracle Direct events. By leveraging Google Forms, social media, other free tools and the incredibly enthusiasm of our employees we managed to create a succesfull campaign with surprising results and valuable, teachable lessons.

Read on, and discover what we did, how we did it. What went right, and what we learned from this incredible experience. 

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Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Career Tips to Rock You - Inspired by Freddie Mercury

We're all aware of the obvious dos and don'ts in a career, much like we’re aware that we’re not supposed to eat burgers on every meal of the day. But ask yourself how many of the things you are aware of do you actually enforce? If you think about it, the only thing that separates truly successful people from the rest is the way that simple rules are actually put into practice versus those that just fly by because they were published in some random article.

Instead of showing you what to do, I can show you what has already been done, and not by a mere business person in some huge company, but by a young man born in Zanzibar, Tanzania who turned out to be one of the most prominent music figures just because he followed a set of basic rules that everybody else knew, but no one seemed interested in.

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Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

How to mend a broken heart - Moving on after a colleague leaves

If you work for a company long enough, you see a lot of colleagues come and go. But what happens when a good friend leaves? If a close coworker-friend is the one currently leaving the company, you may be feeling a little disoriented. In many ways it’s not surprising that such strong emotions can attach themselves to a departing colleague. You probably see more of your work colleagues than you do your family – and it is a kind of family in which you are operating – even if sometimes it may feel pretty dysfunctional. You will develop a kind of shorthand with people who you know well – you have history together and shared experiences. But there’s life afterwards and you can decently deal with the departure if you follow these tricks.

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Monday Sep 28, 2015

5 Reasons To Take Your Career Planning Seriously

It’s a serious deal to miss out on your career and even worse to do it for the wrong reasons. Remember what it was like when we were kids? If someone asked us what we wanted to become we’d set the bar high with astronaut or doctor or other meaningful careers. But as we grow older, we tend to lose our enthusiasm and indulge ourselves with small goals, while only looking to justify our failed careers. However, despite these tendencies, some people want to keep defying the odds...

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Friday Sep 25, 2015

Millennials - Hard To Get And Harder To Keep If You Don’t Use Social Media

Growing up in an tech-filled and increasingly online and socially-networked world, millennials are the generation that has received the most marketing attention. Having been raised under the mantra "follow your dreams" and being told they were special, they tend to be confident. While largely a positive trait, millennial’s confidence has been argued to spill over into the realms of entitlement and narcissism which makes them very hard to impress and even harder to keep.

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7 Career Tips for a Younger You

For a second, consider your life since you first started working. Look back at all your experiences and think about the lessons you’ve learned on your own. If you had a time machine and could go in time, what would you say to a younger you? Would you tell yourself to try another career path? Or maybe not to take things too personally? If I could go back in time and tell my younger me something, this would be it:

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Thursday Sep 24, 2015

Working From Home? 5 Tips to Manage Your Time & Stay Organized

Working from home can be the best or the worst thing at the same time. If you’re dealing with the same time management issues, here’s my 5 tips to get you back on track.

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Wednesday Sep 23, 2015

10 Tips to Building an Unstoppable Employer Brand

In an effort to create a brand that truly stands out from the crowd, the pressure is on to uncover the secret formula that skyrockets audience engagement. Much like you and I decide upon the brands we want to buy from or work for, your audience makes the same decisions based on what you showcase about your brand. The bad news about this is that, unfortunately, you won’t find an “A to B” roadmap to the perfect brand, but the good news is you can constantly improve it and make the process of reaching your strategic goals a lot easier.

Having a solid foundation to build your own framework upon is great help, so from the Oracle brand experience, here are 10 lessons that will help you both shape and improve your tailor-made brand approach.

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Monday Sep 21, 2015

How to Be in a Happy Relationship with Your Job

I’ve always thought that having a job is exactly like having a relationship. At the beginning your passions bring you together, the first months are full of social media PDA, #ilovemyjob becomes your top hashtag… but then something happens. Excitement starts to fade and routine finds a home in your welcoming heart. Waking up becomes harder every morning and calling in sick is so tempting. Those 8 hours feel like 24 and you are on the edge of calling it quits.

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Thursday Sep 17, 2015

5 Cartoon Characters You’re Bound to Meet at the Office

You don’t need a degree in psychology to tell that being aware of your coworkers' personality type makes approaching them a lot easier. You also don’t need an expert’s input to know that such knowledge will be useful when you're dealing with them on a daily basis. If you look closer at them, you’re bound to identify a few stereotypes which you can use to your advantage.

Here's an easy way to spot 5 different personality types at work, and an even easier way to interact with them, as well as tips on handling the least agreeable traits of their personality.

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Wednesday Sep 16, 2015

7 Tips On Working With Coworkers You Don’t Like That Much

In a perfect world it would all be sugar, spice & everything nice. But as we’ve all experienced in our working years, sometimes it can be only spice. There’s a reason why people say it’s good to “spice things up”, it keeps boredom away. But is it really worth your nerves and serenity? Luckily, there are several ways to block the negativity and the spikes & flames shooting from your colleagues.

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