Thursday Aug 18, 2011

ATC Source Conference in Melbourne (Jim Stroud Presentation)

Jim Stroud talks about how to recruit on YouTube

Jim started his presentation at the #ATCSource Conference and started talking about the 7 Reasons why you should recruit on YouTube (this feels eerily like a David Letterman Top 10 List – but it works). Anyway in no particular order here are the Top 7 Reasons to recruit on YouTube

1) The people are there – YouTube has a huge audience and with the uptake in people using mobile devices the thinking is that people will use YouTube to get information more and more.

2) Universal Search – ah ha – just like Glen mentioned previously – do a keyword search in YouTube for the skill set you are searching for and you can see who is looking for those type of videos for example: Java Programmer. You can also do a google search with the string3) Free Statistics

4) Low Cost using a Flip Camera (well now it would be an iPhone) – it’s real and its a powerful message. The more real your videos are the more believable they are. Nobody believes an actor reading a script

5) It evens out the competition – Corporations do not use video to recruit – Why not get a competitive advantage!!!! It is a big opportunity, nobody else is doing it – why not get on board now

6) All the cool tools that are available: You get a mailbox, you can send video email. Statistics – I have had a YouTube account for a little while and while I have not used it much – I had no idea it had this capability. The depth of the statistics is great and I love that you can send a video email via your webcam to people you want to talk to.

7) Return on Investment – YouTube delivers results – how many views were generated, how many hires did we make from those views. I have not looked in-depth at the statistics on YouTube but from what I have seen today you can really drill down information. It will also increase your search engine ranking.

I am believer in using video for recruitment myself. I think it is going to get more relevant in the coming years, especially with the uptake of mobile devices. This presentation today has been a real eye opener for me – I have always had video on my mind but this presentation from Jim has really given me the motivation to get more involved in this space.

This blog post was originally written on David Talamelli's Blog.

ATC Source Conference in Melbourne (Glen Cathey Presentation)

Glen Cathey - forget boolean and think information retrieval

I am at the #ATCSource Conference in Melbourne today and have written a quick blog post reflecting on some of the things that Glen Cathey has spoken about. He is the 1st speaker of the day - I hope I have the writing energy to write other blog posts for the other speakers who are scheduled later in the day.

Glen Cathey spoke about control and how much control Recruiters have when they are mining information and reaching out to candidates. This got me thinking that most of the good Recruiters I know who always hit their target and who always seem to get the right person for an open role tend to by nature be control freaks. This is not necessarily a reflection on Glen's talk about data mining - but more so about work ethic. Good Recruiters know what they are looking for and when they find it they tend to control the process from beginning to end. They close the loop and make sure there are no surprises for either the candidate or manager. That is they ensure candidates are interested in the job, they ensure managers are available to interview, they ensure feedback is given after a meeting, they ensure candidate and manager know salary expectations and pay scales - the more that a good Recruiter controls the recruitment process the fewer surprises you get at the end of the road when you make an offer and the higher your hit rate is going to be.

Back to Glen's presentation:

There are 5 Levels of Talent Mining:

1) Keyword/Title Search - pretty much what is says you are keyword searching - it works but it's not a big deal. Example: "Java Developer" AND Melbourne. These can be automated

2) Conceptual -  Using related terms and concepts to find people: for example: Ruby on Rails OR ROR OR rails OR "Ruby on rails"

3) Implicit - searching for and identifying what isn't explicitly mentioned

4) Natural Language - Searching for responsibilities and keywords, not just keywords and titles. For example "responsibilities" = verbs and nouns - things such as "I close" or "I sell" - this targets what people do not what they write about themselves

5) Indirect - searching for the wrong people to find the right people. Talk to someone under/over qualified and ask for referrals.

Recruiters: when you are looking for your ideal candidate - don't just stop at a simple LinkedIn search (the 1st step of talent mining), your competitors who are listening to @glencathey are digging much deeper into the same talent pool and finding the people are not by just doing a 1st level search. Yes this takes more time commitment but to find the right person isn't it worth the investment? This blog post was originally posted on David Talamelli's Blog: David's Journal on Tap

Monday Aug 08, 2011

Oracle Recruitment Introduces Our Sina Weibo Sites

 Our Oracle Recruitment Team here in APAC has continued to grow our online presence. While sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have received most of the Social Media fanfare and media attention over the past number of years these sites are not necessarily used everywhere as much as they are in some regions or communities.

Our Oracle China Recruitment Team has created two new Sina Weibo pages to communicate and share stories with our online communities in China. For information on what is happening in our China Offices you can now connect with us:

To keep in touch with our Campus Recruitment Team in China and to find out about Graduate opportunities in Oracle China:

To keep in touch with our Oracle Recruitment Team in China about roles for experienced candidates you can connect with us at:

I think that it is great that here in our larger Oracle Recruitment Team we do not necessarily view the world with a one size fits all Social Media solution. I think that this is a good example of getting back to the heart of what Social Media is all about (or what it is not about): I do not believe Social Media is necessarily about the platform or channel (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, Weibo) but I think at the heart of the matter it is about the communication and the content. I remember speaking at a conference a few years back on Social Media and I believe the same message that I mentioned back then which was that it is more important to have meaningful discussions and relationships with your online networks than to be on the latest and greatest SM platform that has come out. The channel will always change and evolve but without the people there to share and talk and liaise with each other these SM networks would not be very relevant.

Many of the various SM platforms we use are a great way for people to find out a little bit more what it is like to work here and a great way to connect with us about potential opportunities and while the medium will change over the years the communication and availability to connect with each other will not. If you have always wanted to know more about Oracle China and what recruitment activity is taking place with us – I hope these pages on Weibo give you a glimpse into life at Oracle and help you connect with us.

Monday Jul 18, 2011

Metamorphosis Part II- From Academics to the Corporate World by Ranjan Kumar

Phew!! What a week this has been. A popular saying comes to mind “the world is your oyster”  A strong belief in oneself is no doubt paramount, but no man can scale new heights without appropriate assistance. The training provided by Oracle clearly demonstrated that every aspect of work life, the skills and tools required to have a successful entry into a professional career was made available.

The week began with a number of Case studies so that we could gain a deeper understanding of various work situations. A healthy discussion among the new trainees and HR provided clarity on work life situations. The pro’s and con’s of working alone or in a team were spoken about at length and several interesting insights were provided for our benefit.

We were given a deep insight on the various divisions of Oracles and their functions and were shown the differences between product development, the support team, the sales and consultancy departments. It was fascinating to learn how all these departments co-ordinate closely and together to form a first class institution like Oracle.

We thoroughly enjoyed a number of unique games and tasks which showed us how to work together as a team. Team building is vital for any institution’s success and all of us felt fortunate to have the opportunity to play our individual roles in the Oracle team.

A very useful session on formal communication, office manners and dress code followed. As all of us were new to the professional world, we paid particular attention to this session. The timing of this session was also appropriate as we all received our own Oracle email id, and proudly sent off our first official communication!

The highlight of this week’s training was a very inspirational speech given by Mr Murali Subramanian,.He spoke about his own experiences and encouraged us to speak on “hunger for success”. His friendly and approachable manner, vast experience and welcoming words made us all feel proud to be part of Oracle.

The last two days of the week were taken up by what we had all been waiting for, which was the Technical skills, we commenced this with the introduction of Oracle SQL server .We were informed that our induction and soft skills training had been completed and henceforth most of our training would be on the technical side.

In summation, this was an eventful week, many new skills were taught and several new ideas were sown in our minds. As one of the HR personnel said, this is only the beginning………………………..

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

Metamorphosis -From Academics to the Corporate World by Ranjan Kumar

“Expect the unexpected” a cliche often heard by me and aptly justified the million butterflies in my stomach. My fears and apprehensions on my first day proved to be unfounded as I saw the smiling faces and warm welcome extended by the Oracle HR team.

It is normal to feel anxious before embarking on any journey, and as this was perhaps the most crucial transition I was about to make, my heart was beating at a dramatic pace as I entered the gates of Oracle Training center. New faces, unknown challenges and a myriad of thoughts crossed my mind. To my sheer relief the atmosphere created by the Management was casual and friendly. Trained to call every senior as “Sir” in my alma mater I was pleasantly surprised that I could address everyone by their first name!

A series of sessions began, with introductions and vital information on Oracle explained to us in an easy to understand manner. What struck me most was the amount of thought and planning that had gone into making each session imaginative, interesting and informative. We played innovative games to get to know each other better and were given all the information required about the new locality where we would be spending our new work life.

 Most of us were immensely impressed that the Management had arranged for the Bank officials to be around to assist us in opening our accounts on the very first day. For me however, receiving the “Oracle” T shirt was the highlight of the day, we would all be wearing it with an immense sense of pride and belonging !!

A detailed explanation of all the benefits we would receive as employees was given and all doubts and queries were answered. The HR team had created a relaxed environment for everyone so that any questions could be raised without hesitation.

Two vital sessions followed, which included ethics at work and security. These were perhaps the most important for us new recruits. We received a complete understanding of what Oracle expects of us, the dos and don’ts and a clear picture of the work culture at Oracle.

Thus ended my very first day at work, of course we had tea and coffee breaks too as well as a rather short lunch break!!! (HR team please note) Jokes apart, all in all a rather inspiring day for me as I came back with feelings of enthusiasm and anticipation to begin my career at Oracle with energy and determination.

Thursday Jun 23, 2011

An Oracle's Interns Story by Samarth Varshney

I have written a short write-up about my experience at Oracle and am attaching some pics along:

 I joined Oracle on 5th January 2011 as part of my internship program in BITS Pilani Goa Campus. In the short period of six months, I had the most beautiful and interesting time of my life. It was fun to work in Oracle, thanks to the whole team. I had an excellent manager, simple and sophisticated, who gave me the utmost enthusiasm to work.

I gained a lot of knowledge during my internship, thanks to my colleagues. They were very helpful and motivated us (interns) in every possible way. In the initial stages of work, in which you know almost nothing, they helped me gain knowledge at a rapid speed. Thanks to the vast database of study material at the Oracle site, that I could start on with my project in a very short time. 

For me, the time flew like anything and made the 6 months look like a few days. It was probably due to the team, that the work was so much fun. We had our deadlines but had full freedom as to how to work and when to work. I don't remember a single instance, in which I was working and not listening to songs. I mean it will always be a time to remember. I hope to join this company and make this time last forever.


Friday Jun 03, 2011

A World of Opportunities for Graduates at Oracle: Yes Absolutely!

Over the past few months there has been an increase in blog posts that have been written about our Graduate Program here at Oracle. We have had blog contributions from Graduates, Recruiters and Managers from places such as India and Australia and we are looking forward to more contributions coming from other countries as well.

So why all the excitement about Graduate Recruitment? A better question I think is why wouldn’t people get excited about our Graduate opportunities.

We have a number of Graduates joining Oracle over the next few months and those Graduates are going to be working in a whole range of different types of roles and activities. We offer a range of Career Paths for our Graduates, everything from Product Development to Consulting to Sales. Some Graduates will move into hands on technical roles in QA or as Developers or Programmers while others may exceed in our Sales or Business Management streams.

I have seen previous Oracle Graduates get the opportunity to work internationally, or work with new technology or break sales records. After 5+ years working in Oracle I can safely say this is the type of company where your career is only limited only by your imagination and desire to succeed.

What about the Technology? Working at Oracle gives people a great opportunity to work across so many different technology products. Where else can you get exposure to Databases, Middleware, Applications and Server/Storage systems. With the number of projects and the range of technical solutions that we offer, Oracle really does allow a person to get exposure to the full Technology Stack. As we say Hardware and Software: Engineered to Work Together.

Yes I am a little bit biased in my thoughts (I am one of the Recruiters for Oracle), but one of the great things about working here is the chance to work with so many great individuals. Not only is everyone friendly and enjoyable to work with but I find a common trait in many employees is that we are all driven to succeed. I have had the chance to work with some great business leaders here and learn from them and the enthusiasm and excitement from everyone is contagious.

To all the Graduates who are set to join us: Congratulations again on your success, we are looking forward to having you join our team!

Friday May 27, 2011

Oracle NSW Supports Australia’s “Biggest Morning Tea”

On Thursday May 26th our colleagues in the Oracle North Ryde offices participated in “The Biggest Morning Tea”. This is a great cause to help raise money towards one of Australia’s most well-loved fundraising events helping raise money to support the Cancer Council’s work. Organised by 3 of our Graduates (and thanks Daniella, Angelie and Brendan on organising such a great event), we had a fantastic turn out and some fun as well.

We raised more than double the amount of money we were hoping to, which speak volumes about the generosity of our employees and management. In fact to help raise money some members of our management team raised the stakes and agreed to “complete certain tasks” if we reached various donation targets.

While sometimes corporate culture can be perceived as stringent and reserved, yesterdays efforts proved the contrary. How many managers would eat a raw onion for charity or allow themselves to be target practice for employees holding cream pies? This may not be a typical Thursday but it was a fantastic afternoon, and thanks to the help of our brave managers that stood on the front line and had cream pies thrown at them, or the managers with the iron stomachs.

We managed to raise a lot of money for the Cancer research and had so much fun in the process. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is a great initiative by the Cancer Council and the support we received from the Oracle team was incredible.

Tuesday May 17, 2011

Oracle India Campus Koffee Konnect Program Part 2

Oracle Management Speaks on Koffee Konnect: Atul Aggarwal , Senior Manager – Oracle OWSM

I was at BITS Pilani on the 5th and 6th of April to connect with campus recruits as part of Oracle's Koffee Konnect program and was accompanied by two colleagues from Oracle NOIDA.

Being an alumnus of BITS Pilani, I was looking forward to visit my alma-mater after 10 long years, and believe me, it was an awesome experience to be back there in Pilani.

We met students at around 5:30 PM on 5th April and had around 30 Graduates who participated in this event. They all seemed very positive and exuded a lot of energy and vibrancy. The students seemed quite well-informed about Oracle. In fact some of them went into the details about the various offices in India and  our work culture. We answered their queries related to Job locations and the nature of the work we do. In general, they were over-joyed and it seems that with this program/event, we left a lasting impression with the students.

I personally feel that with this event Graduates will get a sense of belonging and will feel strongly that they are part of one Happy Big Oracle family. Such was the response that some of the higher degree students showed their interest in doing their practice school (mandatory training as part of course curriculum) in Oracle itself. After having a discussions with them, We invited them to join us over for cool drinks/beverages in the famous Connaught place in Pilani campus. Some of the students joined us and we had very fruitful discussions with them about various topics like Oracle Open World, Work Life Balance, Flexi-hours etc....  The students seemed very upbeat, enthusiastic and were very keen to be part of Oracle family as soon as possible.

Wednesday Mar 18, 2009

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