Thursday Jul 14, 2016

Working Remotely This Summer? 6 Tips on How to Stay Productive

Summer time and the living is easy! Okay, most of us still have to report in everyday so it’s not exactly a “care free” time of year. The brighter the sun, the hotter the temps, the more difficult it can be to stay focused, especially if you’re working remotely. As someone who calls home “the office” all year round, I’ve stumbled upon a few tips to staying disciplined that have actually proven constructive. Sure, it’s always tempting to venture out for some Vitamin D but the more productive your day the more likely you are to be able to enjoy your evening without the added stress of playing catch up.

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Tuesday Jul 12, 2016

3 Mobile Apps to Power-Up Your Job Search

Long gone are the days when we had to literally knock at companies’ doors, leave a CV and hope for the best. As well as the days when we had to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to find opportunities outside of our home city or country.

Nowadays, with a smartphone and a decent internet connection, careers across the world are literally at our fingertips at any time. Job seeking is a 24/7 activity with people admitting they’re scouting the internet for better opportunities even on the job (30%), during meetings (21%) or during commute (38%)according to Jobvite.

With so many options and unlimited access to worldwide career resources, you may be wondering how to make the most out of this. Don’t worry – read and find out about 3 essential mobile apps to help you find and make the best career decisions.

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Wednesday Jul 06, 2016

Rebranding Your Career: Myths & Truths

Changing careers is something we’re all bound to do at some point in our lives. And it’s not just happening because our perspectives and needs tend to change, but because markets keep changing as well, much like the opportunities they provide. So in an effort to finding the right path in our professional life, there are certain myths that might stop us from whom we can become. These can often derive from either lack of trust in our abilities, fear of trying something new or our refusal to letting go of certain perceptions.

For those of you still searching for a way out of the ordinary and seek for a dream job, let’s take these myths down one by one and reveal the truth behind them.     

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How to Ask for a Mentor

We all embark in the professional world more often than not alone, which is a daunting task, considering our entire educational career we had advisors and counselors. Most of our lives, we had someone that could help guide our decisions and advise on tough matters.  When we take a job, we automatically think that our mentor will be our Manager, but that is not usually the case. So we find ourselves on a path solo, which causes major frustrations and feels downright alone. Before you start your own pity party of one, let’s look at ways you can find and ask someone to be your mentor in a blog by Celinda Appleby.

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Tuesday Jul 05, 2016

Jun Yeo: Why Joining Oracle is Like Joining a Startup

A world full of opportunities, but only one fits your career path. Dive into a series of Oracle stories from some of its most successful employees working in Cloud Sales. See how their careers have evolved, get a glimpse of why working as a Sales Representative in Oracle APAC can’t go unnoticed on your resume, and why the best time to join us is now.

Up for Paws doggie daycare founder Jun Yeo thrives on building start-ups and was hesitant to interview when Oracle headhunted her for the Marketing Cloud team, but one year on the social media expert hasn’t looked back.

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Monday Jul 04, 2016

My Journey: Finding the 'Perfect' Balance Between Life and Career

 “Nothing is impossible – but don’t expect things to be easy”.

These were the words my dad shared with me, as I was about to embark on this wonderful journey of my life; my career.

It has been over 11 years since I joined Oracle and the journey has been extremely satisfying and rewarding. Currently, I am managing streams for the consulting implementation of Oracle's banking product (Oracle Banking Platform) for a Tier 1 bank, in Australia...

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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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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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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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Friday May 27, 2016

Your Career: Ride the Ride the Lightning – 5 lessons from the world of Rock n’ Roll

I’ve been a Hard Rock fan for as long as I can remember. It simply resonated with me in a way that no other genre of music has done. Over the years, music has been a great motivator in every single aspect of my life, including my career.  From valuable advice, to attitude adjustments music has given me a professional boost and some valuable lessons. These are just the first five

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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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Saturday May 21, 2016

Feeling Stuck in Your Career? Development Opportunities are Closer Than you Think

Climbing the ladder, rising through the ranks, making a vertical move! This is the dream right? You master your role then it’s onto the next? I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us enter the workforce with this mindset in tow. It wasn’t until I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In that I realized, the “ladder” is becoming obsolete and it’s okay to think of your career as an exploratory jungle gym. You don’t have to commit to one path or “play it safe” by simply exploring development opportunities that speak directly to career history or expertise. Maybe it’s a master’s degree, maybe it’s a podcast. There are plenty of ways to broaden your skillset and grow as a person and as a professional.

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