Thursday Jun 23, 2016

4 Tips to Keep Your Meetings Organized

Meetings are meant to drive productivity in the workplace, motivate employees and get the job done. But do you know how much time you spend in meetings and how much it’s left to actually work?

Studies show that the ratio ranges from 35% if you’re a middle manager, and up to 50% if you’re an executive. Not to mention the time spent on preparing the meeting (e.g.: up to 4 hours per week for a status update meeting), which doesn’t leave much from the usual 40 hours of a usual work week.

Fortunately, there’s no reason to be worried because there are lots of ways to get your work-meeting balance in place. Here are four I found extremely useful during my experience – read through the list and let me know what tricks, tools and methods you’re using to keep your meetings organized.

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Monday Jun 20, 2016

Accepting the Job? 5 Questions to Make Sure It’s the Right One

We all have the potential of doing something amazing. But it’s the way we’re seizing opportunities that makes a difference. Whether we accept it or not, being best employee in the wrong job is not just stopping you from your professional growth, but it’s also damaging to your career. Plus it’s a waste of your potential. So before accepting the next job, here are a few questions to help you see if it’s worth investing in it on a long term.

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Friday Jun 17, 2016

How to Use the Weekend for a Great Monday Mindset

TGIF! A few more hours until that magic hour kicks off the two-day relaxation spree to fully recharge. Set yourself free from the anxiety and stress of the week and aim to start fresh on Monday.

“Monday?! But that’s 2 days ahead! What should I do first?” …Breathe, this is not a race. Resist the temptation to cram in chores, exercise, family commitments, social engagements and more into a 48-hour period. 

Unfortunately, we can rarely switch our minds off of work mode the minute we leave the office—it can sometimes take an entire day just to unwind from a hectic week. But with precious little time away from the grind, it’s important to make every moment count.

Here are 7 weekend hacks that work for me.


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Thursday Jun 16, 2016

5 Career Tips from an ex-Teacher

Lucky for me, my career has taken me to a plethora of places. Right after I graduated college, the first job offer I got was at a local private school. It was a large institution with students ranging from 3 to 16 years old. During my tenure there, I believe I taught them many lessons and helped in many ways, but I also I learned a lot from them. About life and, of course, about careers.

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Wednesday Jun 15, 2016

5 Steps to Making the Most of Your Time at Work

It’s 9 am and you’re opening your inbox. Lots of questions, deadline updates, emergencies, clarifications and so on. Before you know it, it’s 4:30 pm and you’re just getting started on the big tasks of the day, obviously not having enough time to get them done. The result – either they will be postponed, or you’re going to burn the midnight oil to actually do some work. Sounds familiar? Then it’s time to make a few changes.

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Interview Etiquette: Dos and Don'ts

You’ve found the job posting that piqued your interest, the resume has been polished and your application has been submitted. You’ll spend the next couple of days waiting by your phone, refreshing your email and testing your service just to make sure you don’t miss THE call. You know the one.  This feeling is familiar. You’ve most likely experienced it many times before but it never gets easier. It’s a nice blend between first date jitters and scratching a lottery ticket. Do they like me? Will this be the one? Am I about to hit the jackpot?

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Monday Jun 13, 2016

Our Favorite #lifeatOracle Posts – May 2016

Every week our Branding team searches the web for life at Oracle content that is posted by our employees.

Our employees posted over 300 posts tagged with #lifeatOracle, in May. Our hashtag reached over half a million people last month – we knew we had to share the best of the best, with you!

Our favorite 9 posts hail from Amsterdam, Colorado, San Francisco, Toronto, Singapore and Atlanta. Take a peek to explore what Oracle has to offer besides a great career!

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Wednesday Jun 08, 2016

Life at Oracle: Asim Khan – Fluidity on Land and Water

When you ask Oracle employees what they like most about working at Oracle, they often say it’s the people. Oracle is filled with smart, passionate, caring people doing challenging work and leading interesting lives. We set out to capture employee stories in a series of videos to recognize and celebrate the amazing people working at Oracle.

Asim Khan pursues efficiency, finding more effective ways to get things done on land, and previously, at sea. This quest has powered Asim’s career and has also earned him the nickname of “Mr. Efficiency” at home with family in New Zealand. Read his full story.

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Tuesday Jun 07, 2016

4 Tips to Boost Your Chances in an Interview at Oracle

The job description grabs your eye – it’s a great learning opportunity, you’ve got the experience for it and the role itself makes you dream about your career path at Oracle.

But there’s a catch: The process of getting hired - from brushing up your resume to rehearsing your speech for the face-to-face interview - can be both challenging and stressful. So what does it take to get hired at Oracle?

Let’s dive into a few key assets that will help you make a standout impression to recruiters.

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Thursday Jun 02, 2016

Employee Spotlight: Bernhard Dietrich, Hospitality Artist

Photo credit: Bianca Ott, http://www.skina-photoart.com

For some people, myself included, growing up in a hotel is nothing short of movie material. Witnessing the guests’ comings and goings, and their mysterious stories can be quite exciting, enough to spark some serious detective or storytelling skills.
Truth is, however, that such an experience has a lot to do with learning about people – how they behave and interact, what they like and don’t like. From there on, it’s just a matter of determination, choices, and, well, a bit of chance to find your calling in life.
This is how it all started for Ben Dietrich, Micros Implementation Consultant with Oracle Switzerland. 3 years ago as he was looking for a new job opportunity, Micros came calling. It was a turning point when he realized that, because he had been in the customer’s shoes, he tended to see potential problems before they arose and could act accordingly.

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Monday May 30, 2016

How Being a Parent Made Me a Better Professional

There are a lot of ways in which you can become a better professional. You can get another degree, take some independent courses, read, and attend company training sessions, and so on. But there’s really nothing like learning from experience. One of the experiences that is shaping me as a professional is being a parent. I know, at first you might think that the two are totally unrelated, but let me explain.

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Wednesday May 25, 2016

Rishan Barat and His Oracle Journey

You’ve heard his name before. Perhaps you’ve even caught him on the seminar circuit. Rishan Barat shared with us why he loves his job and today he opens up about his background, his strategy for success and his big plans for the future. A sales professional by trade, an entrepreneur by heart, each role has served as a pivotal opportunity always leading to something bigger. 

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Tuesday May 24, 2016

4 Job Seeking Lessons from Successful People Who Failed at First

The toughest part about accepting most job offers today is that you can’t tell whether you’ll thrive in them, or just…survive. Success isn’t predictable, but it wasn’t for those who eventually managed to achieve it either.

If you’re looking for “the“ job instead of “a” job, it’s likely that you may fail at your first attempts. But as difficult as it may seem, staying true to your professional goals can be truly worth the effort. At least it was for some of the world’s most successful people. Here’s what their experiences have to say about never settling for anything less than your dream job...

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Monday May 16, 2016

Life at Oracle: Mariel de Leon–Set for Career Success

When you ask Oracle employees what they like most about working at Oracle, they often say it’s the people. Oracle is filled with smart, passionate, caring people doing challenging work and leading interesting lives. We set out to capture employee stories in a series of videos to recognize and celebrate the amazing people working at Oracle.

Mariel De Leon, a senior applications sales representative for Oracle Direct, graduated from the “Class of 2013” sales training program for college hires new to Oracle. A native of the Bay Area, Mariel likes to win while setting others up for success - both on the job and on the volleyball court. Read her full story.

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Friday May 06, 2016

5 Tools to Make the Most Out of Your Commute

“Time is money” they say. Even if you don’t think about your time in financial terms, it’s still a very valuable (and irreplaceable) resource. The commute to and from work is part of our daily lives, so why not make the most out of it? I’m one of the first people to agree that a well-tailored Facebook or Twitter feed can be a very good option for filling that time slot, but I think we can do better.

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