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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Thursday May 05, 2016

Life at Oracle: Ryan Thomas−Running to Meet the Challenge

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.

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Monday Apr 25, 2016

How to Constructively Disagree at Work

A common perception on „disagreement” is explained as our reflexive tendency to think of it in the negative. Our business world usually detects it as an ill that only compounds the difficulties in a job, but the truth is, it can also often lead to improvements, or even more effective ways of doing things.

While we shouldn’t fear to disagree with the people around us in an effort to bringing greater ideas to the table, it’s how we disagree that we should pay attention to. Poorly managed conflicts generated by disagreements can cost a business greatly, sometimes even losing great employees or valuable customers. So how do we stray away from negative behaviors in times of business conflict and what is the professional approach we’re looking for?

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Friday Apr 22, 2016

Why Working at Oracle Can’t Go Unnoticed on Your Resume

It’s no secret that we tend to pick our jobs based on what a company stands for in the eyes of its audience. Careerarc.com even proves it by fact: 75% of job seekers consider an employer’s brand before even applying for a job. And they should - because working in a company can also mean having to “borrow” a fragment of its reputation, which you can combine with your personal skill set to land greater job opportunities in the future.

While Oracle is considered a dream company for many, there are some unique core benefits that make it an in demand employer for job seekers from all over the world. Let’s dive into what the Oracle experience says about your potential as an employee in the eyes of any recruiter or hiring manager:

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Wednesday Apr 20, 2016

What Makes a Great Success Story in Tech

For some people, technology is thought as a male-driven industry, but Christine Gilroy’s experience proves that not only can women be successful in technology, but they can also become magnificent leaders in it: “I don’t really think of myself as a 'woman in technology', I’m just like my male counterparts”, she says. As the Vice President of Sales Automation for Oracle’s East region, Christine is currently leading a team of over 90 professionals who sell to companies in the enterprise space. This means the country’s largest companies with over $1 Billion in revenues.

But the road to her success was not easy, and her journey is about far more than succeeding in tech...

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Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

5 Assets Candidates with no Experience Can Show in an Interview

While experience for the job is something recruiters will never overlook, there is a way to make them not see it as a deal breaker. This of course depends on the type of job you’re applying for as well as whether the level of experience is considered crucial for the role or not. Interestingly enough, this doesn’t imply that a candidate with no experience has nothing to bring to the table during an interview. In fact, as a candidate with no experience, there are a few things you can showcase - those might eventually help you outrun candidates who have been in the industry more than you have.  
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Friday Apr 15, 2016

Made a Mistake at Work? Here’s an Easy Way to Fix It

It’s inevitable – no matter how much of a hard-worker you are at your job, you’re bound to make a mistake at some point. As no employee is ever perfect, it’s difficult to always perform impeccably and never let anything slip. What’s important however, is the way you handle the situation, rather than the act of mistaking itself. But telling someone you have disappointed them is never easy, especially when it’s one of your peers or even managers. So what exactly is there to say? As expectations in the business world keep raising, it’s sometimes difficult to turn them into real, exceedingly performing results. But feeling bad about ourselves or the situation isn’t as effective as working on ways to fix or deal with our mistakes. So let's take a look at the correct way to approaching this.

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Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

Building Your Personal Brand – Be Strategic When Creating Your Social Footprint

Who are you? What are your core values? How do you like to spend your time?

These are the questions you should ask yourself before building out your personal brand across social. Does your digital footprint rest right on the line between personal and professional? Are you comfortable with combining the two? Navigating the balance between the personas can be tricky and there is such thing as overshare but there are certain guidelines that you can follow that will help you get it right.

Putting yourself out there can be a little intimidating, especially when there are so many channels to master and “rules of engagement” attached to each. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that my following isn’t exactly where I want it to be. I too am still learning but there are a few best practices that have helped me understand and become more comfortable in the social playground.

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Thursday Apr 07, 2016

Digital Transformation: Oracle Direct in Latin America

Oracle Direct is more than just the sales arm of this company. It’s the organization that connects us with clients, helps us discover their needs and  creates tech solutions that match them. Across Latin America, their team has helped a number of organizations streamline their business creating a better experience for all. Let me take you on a journey across some of the great success stories of Oracle Direct in Latin America, so you can see how they make a difference:

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Wednesday Apr 06, 2016

Oracle Women – Success Tips to Working in Tech

This is the story of Ami May – an inspiration for anyone who aims to be successful. As Oracle’s Sales Consulting Manager, with over 22 years of experience in business management, sales, marketing, service and e-commerce, including 16 years of sales consulting and sales consulting management at Oracle, her journey, both with lessons learned and struggles, has a lot to teach women out there aspiring to a fruitful career in technology.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration to fulfill your career goals, or need some quick takeaways to boost your motivation in your job, here are a few quotes from Ami that will help you see your career in a different light.

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Friday Apr 01, 2016

6 Myths You Shouldn’t Fool Your Career With

It’s a given: we all want to find the best career scenario – it’s a type of wishful thinking that makes us strive for more and look on the bright side of our professional future. But it’s the same wishful thinking that is sometimes biased by the wrong expectations we set, those that are built more on our positive thinking rather than our realistic point of view.

In an effort to not letting ourselves fooled by expectations and to building a more realistic scenario of our careers, we need to separate subjective principles (the myths) from what we can actually achieve (reality).

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Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Making a Difference: Impact as a Trend and a Reason to Believe in Your Job


Are you a numbers person or rather a free spirit, creative type? Whichever the answer, there’s no denying that one of the top things that keep us going through the daily ups and downs of our profession is what our work means to the world out there. Be it a department that uses data reports to predict customer behavior, or the worldwide art-loving community, the work we do is often meant to have an impact on more people than just us.

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Monday Mar 28, 2016

What a competitive work environment can teach you about engagement

What a competitive work environment can teach you about engagement

Lately engagement has become a pretty elastic term in regards to its actual meaning – what makes something engaging is, we’ve come to realize, totally different than what you might consider to be so.

In other words, most of the times it’s purely subjective. A few years ago it seemed to be more of a “recipe to success” kind of concept, whereas in recent times it’s visibly expanded its area of reach – one might consider commissions an engaging component of a job, while others might put fun at work above financial incentives.

However, an interesting approach to engagement is competition; to be more specific, competitiveness amongst work mates. Let’s explore the key areas of what a competitive work environment can bring to the employee engagement table.

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