Thursday Mar 10, 2016

Success Tips to Working in International Teams

We are lucky to live now in such amazing times when we can travel relatively cheap and fast wherever we want. There’s no stopping us and there’s never been so easy to travel, live, work or do business abroad.

The way we live and work is changing, internationalism and multiculturalism making their way to a great part of our overall lives. No matter what job or career you’re pursuing, now it’s almost impossible to avoid working in an international environment or team. And why should you?

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Tuesday Mar 08, 2016

Oracle Women – Busting the Myths of Working in Tech

Women in IT are sometimes deterred from even considering their desired career because the preconceptions and stereotypes built on this subject keep damaging gender diversity and professional opportunities alike.

No sooner had I looked into gender stereotyping than I realized how easy it is to disarm it. I took this experiment in my own hands and met some incredible individuals along the way - take Maggie Huston for instance. From her 7-year experience as a professional journalist for one of the biggest news channels in U.S.A, to Senior Content Manager for Oracle Social Cloud, Maggie’s blend of capabilities both as a successful woman in tech and as a renowned writer got me thinking: there’s definitely more to someone than what first meets the eye...

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Thursday Mar 03, 2016

The 6-Step Plan to Getting Hired at Oracle

If you’re an aspiring candidate for a multicultural brand such as Oracle, with thousands of available opportunities around the globe, knowing what steps to take in order to stand from the crowd out may seem a difficult quest filled with a hurricane of variables: location, line of business, hiring manager, required skill sets and so on. However, one of the greatest perks of applying to a global brand that embraces diversity is that there are some general steps you can take in order to start getting your feet wet with this journey.

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Wednesday Mar 02, 2016

Oracle Pride Employee Network Welcomes New Executive Sponsor

It’s an exciting time for Oracle’s Pride Employee Network  (OPEN – LGBT and Allies) Employee Resource Group (ERG) as Christine Coats, VP of Legal Operations, takes on her new position as Executive Sponsor! Thrilled to continue supporting the group’s mission to provide an inclusive and celebratory workplace culture, Coats shared her vision around strategy and plans for the future with Senior Director, Oracle Communications Applications Operations and OPEN Communications Committee Co-Chair, Cheryl Lander. Cheryl has been a member of the committee for about a month and is excited to see the impact of Christine’s leadership. We recently asked Cheryl to share her account of their discussion...

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Monday Feb 29, 2016

Easy-to-use Tools You Can Use to Boost Your Productivity

There are always projects in your queue. Emails keep pouring in, one more “urgent” than the other. The phone keeps ringing, and more and more conversations end the same exact way – “Could you please send me an email with the items we just discussed? Thanks”. I could go on some more, but I’m pretty sure you get the point. In between all these interruptions, we must (and really want, actually) to be productive and get stuff done.

Long story short, here are a few tools that I use on a daily basis to stay focused and boost my productivity.

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Friday Feb 26, 2016

When You’re Right About Refusing a Job…and When You’re Not


Finding the job that’s right for you is one hell of a job – pun intended. First, there’s only so little you can find out about a company during a couple of interview meetings, and second, you can never know exactly whether you made the right choice or not until you actually start working for the business.

While being highly observant of your interactions with recruiters or hiring managers can help you detect the company’s vibes, it can also head to you the extreme, where you’re simply not a good judge of the situation and end up dismissing an offer that could’ve possibly changed your career. In an effort to making the best out of the opportunities that lie ahead in our careers, let’s look into a couple of case-scenarios when saying no to a job is the right thing to do…and when it’s not.


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Thursday Feb 25, 2016

How the Mexico team is giving young talent a chance

In my time here at Oracle I’ve had the opportunity of working alongside the wonderful people of Campus Recruiting. When I first started helping them design campaigns I had to ask. “Why should students choose Oracle?” I wasn’t prepared for the answer I got. Because that simple question got me access to a world of wonderful things that the young engineers of the Mexico Development Center are working on.

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Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

New to Life at Oracle? 5 Tips to a Successful Start

The new kid on the block, the newbie, the rookie on the team. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there and the onboarding experience isn’t always easy. I was in this seat myself about 8 months ago when I transitioned from a University Recruiter role to my current position as the North America Recruitment Branding Lead here at Oracle. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement but where there are challenges there are lessons learned. I was welcomed with enthusiasm, everyone I met was willing to help and the Oracle culture is one that encourages an open door policy regardless of tenure or seniority. I consider myself lucky but when reflecting upon the “newbie” experience there are a few tips I’d provide anyone approaching the first step in their Oracle journey.

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Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Motivation: A Key Component of Emotional Intelligence

We’ve all heard of IQ (Intelligence Quotient), but what about EI (Emotional Intelligence)?

While IQ is designed to measure intellectual intelligence, indicating cognitive abilities like learning and understanding, EI measures one’s ability to identify and manage emotions both in themselves and others.
Usually, people with a high IQ are more likely to do well academically with little mental effort. However, it takes more than just being “clever” to be successful.

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Friday Feb 19, 2016

5 Leadership Tips from a Rookie Manager

I accepted this role at Oracle, because of the interactions I shared with my manager. He gave me that gut feeling that #lifeatOracle would be tough, but that he believed in me and my ideas. Fast forward a year, this feeling couldn't be truer.  My ideas are heard and actioned. My voice has a podium. My actions are appreciated. I am trusted and I have grown immensely because of it. I had this idea a few months after joining Oracle, of building an internal Recruitment Branding team. My boss agreed and I spent the next 3 months interviewing, hiring, onboarding and training.

Not having been a manager before, here are the 5 things I learned on my first year at Oracle.

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Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Setting Candidate Engagement Records with Video Job Descriptions

Setting Candidate Engagement Records with Video Job Descriptions

Job descriptions are around for decades and they are, pretty much, one of the least exciting pieces of communication that companies issue constantly – few pieces strike that much boredom. Now let’s imagine this: what if job descriptions would get people excited? And by people I mean both recruiters, hiring managers and candidates alike. This represents a huge opportunity to make a difference in the market and stand out from your competitors.

Our Oracle Recruitment Branding team has recently produced a series of videos as support for a major EMEA recruitment drive. Here are a few tips & tricks I learned along the way and some key steps to get you started to making video job descriptions of your own.   

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Wednesday Feb 17, 2016

Technical vs. Social Skills: A Batman vs. Superman Race

Technical skills and social ones are not seen as two separate categories anymore, but rather as skill sets that complement each other. Much like Batman and Superman, two different, yet strong superheroes, these two skill categories can empower you individually, or help you stand out from the crowd when combined. Consider the Batman and Superman “race” as a way of learning to develop both technical and social skills. This is how you can cross the finish line easier...


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Tuesday Feb 16, 2016

Building Employee Engagement for Recruiting – Case Study for Oracle Direct EMEA

As a Branding Coordinator, learning about employee engagement techniques has been one of my core goals within Oracle EMEA. In the following blog post, I’ll walk you through an end-to-end execution of the initiative meant to create authentic content about Oracle Direct EMEA employee experience – from relocation & onboarding to career development.

Just to quote an infographic created by Qmee – every 60 seconds 278,000 tweets go live, 11,000 professional searches happen on LinkedIn and 347 new blog posts are published on WordPress. There are 2 takeaways from this data...


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Monday Feb 15, 2016

Turn Feedback into an Asset in Just 3 Steps

Turn Feedback into an Asset in Just 3 Steps

In the era of digital interaction, our every social action is bound to receive instant response. From how we manifest ourselves on Facebook or Twitter to what we say in a friendly circle or what course of action we might choose to take in a work project, we can fairly expect to generate a reaction. How to handle the amount and quality of response coming our way? According to an African proverb, the answer is quite simple: “Examine what is said and not who speaks.”

That’s easier said than done, though. It may take some effort, but in the end you will realize that it’s all in your favor.


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Friday Feb 12, 2016

When Work Doesn’t Feel Like Work

That’s when “the magic” happens. How often have you heard people close to you dreading their jobs? And now, be honest – how often have you? That’s probably one of the worst feelings you can have, especially since you spend a big part of your day at work. No matter who you are or what you’re doing, it’s time to put a stop to that.

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