Wednesday Feb 03, 2016

4 Tough Interview Questions & How to Give a Winning Answer

Sometimes I think of interviews as an audition. You’ve got a limited amount of time to highlight your talent and impress a skeptical audience watching your every move. This makes preparing for an interview the essential no candidate can afford to miss out on.The truth is, “even relatively smart people don’t prepare very well for interviews,” says John Lees in The Interview Expert: How to Get the Job You Want. However, there’s a way to overcome that – by starting to prepare for the questions you’re about to be asked, especially those you want to avoid.

Let’s run through the most common ones and a how to answer them in a professional and diplomatic way.

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Tuesday Feb 02, 2016

Communities at Work: Why They Matter in Your Career Path

Communities at Work: Why They Matter in Your Career Path

In a world that’s mostly technology driven, and rarely gives us the chance to meet new people and try out new experiences, having this opportunity within your work environment is quite literally priceless. We spend quite a chunk of our adult lives in an office, and are rarely aware of the wealth of personal wins we get from interacting with our peers: be it a brilliant idea, a new hobby, a sympathetic ear or even a lifelong friend.

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Friday Jan 22, 2016

Volunteering – A Driver for Employee Engagement

First thing’s first – what IS employee engagement? We’ve been hearing about how this magical ingredient is what essentially drives people into becoming more productive at work, but the term seems to have slipped into our [corporate] vocabulary without much explanation.

To put it in simple terms employee engagement is defined as the emotional and functional commitment a professional has to his or her organization. After all, we all know that employees don’t leave companies, they leave people.

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Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

The Power of Deadlines And Why You Actually Need Them

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein”, said H. Jackson Brown Jr. Truth be told however, today’s business market and competitivity is a lot different than what it was 10 years ago, let alone when Michelangelo created his legendary art. This makes performance in our current and immensely challenging work environments a lot more difficult to achieve.

But there’s a way to overcome these challenges, or at least make them easier in the long run: by turning our most terrifying deadlines into solid perks. Here’s how.[Read More]

Monday Jan 11, 2016

The Star Wars Legacy That Will Make You a Career Jedi

No matter where you work, you’ll always find some sort of struggle: to be successful, noticed, promoted, to overcome a difficult time within your team or change someone’s opinion about you as an employee. The way we respond to this struggle can dictate how we are seen as employees or business people.

Much like Jedis were responsible for maintaining peace in the Galactic Republic, we need to learn to take the right actions in challenging times in order to make the most out of our jobs. Thinking about the Star Wars story made me find a couple of ways that will make this process a lot easier.


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Friday Dec 04, 2015

The X-Men Theory: What Role Do You Play in Your Team?

While responsibilities in teams differ from one to another, you might notice that sometimes the role that you have does not necessarily match the role that you want, and that usually acts a roadblock for our career progression when not seen in the wider picture. Analyzing these roles in my team got me thinking about how different qualities and attributes of every member impacts the chemistry within the entire group. Just like different superheroes have specific powers. However, if not properly managed and acknowledged, each power can backfire, just like the X-men superpowers in the comic book series. 

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Monday Nov 30, 2015

Oracle GHCI 2015 – When Empowered Women Empower Other Women (III)

In our quest to support women empowerment, we’ve challenged some of our colleagues in Oracle India to share the stories of their business path: the drive for career success, the challenges they faced in the IT male-dominated industry and their mentoring vision to other women technologists. For our last GHCI interview series, we’ve brought into focus two other inspirational women leaders: Rohini Ramdath - Director of Clusterware and Nandini Narayana Rao - Director of Fusion Quality Assurance, both within Oracle India.

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Wednesday Nov 25, 2015

Oracle GHCI 2015 – When Empowered Women Empower Other Women (II)

In our quest to support women empowerment, we’ve challenged some of our colleagues in Oracle India to share the stories of their business path: the drive for career success, the challenges they faced in the IT male-dominated industry and their mentoring vision to other women technologists. This week we interviewed two inspirational women – Anandhi Sridharan and Srilakshmi Ramachandra – who engage and lead with power and grace in tech-related leadership roles. 

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Tuesday Nov 24, 2015

No Career Plan Yet? No Worries

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now? The dreaded question we all heard, at some point, during job interviews. Realistically speaking, are you even close to what you envisioned your career path to be 5 years ago? What changed and why? What drove you off your road? Continue reading. 

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Thursday Nov 19, 2015

The Introvert & Networking - A Cat and Dog Relationship?

For many introverts, one of the most stressful and nerve-wracking parts of looking for a job or advancing their career is networking. Having to introduce themselves to strangers and striking up a conversation about careers sounds more like a nightmare than a potential means to land a dream job. Thanks to online social business networks, introverts can burn some stages by getting acquainted with people from their professional area without the cringing face-to-face experience. But unfortunately for introverts, they cannot hide forever behind of a computer screen and eventually will have to socialize in real life.

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Thursday Nov 12, 2015

Landing the right job in the right company – Success tips from an Oracle Engineer

They say that our lives are the sum of the choices we make, and that specifically reflects in how we develop as professionals. Throughout our careers, we are bound to make all sorts of decisions that impact our performance. However, taking the job is easy, but turning your career into a coherent story is what truly makes a difference in the long run. So how can we build a career narrative where all our choices, skills and experiences make sense for us in the big picture both personally and professionally?

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Thursday Oct 29, 2015

7 SEO Gimmicks to Lift Your LinkedIn Profile Ranking

7 SEO Gimmicks to Lift Your LinkedIn Profile Ranking

LinkedIn is the biggest and most popular social network for business professionals. So, how can YOU make yourself seen and heard in such a massive network with fierce competition? SEO. Might not be the answer to all your problems, but it can definitely help you increase your personal profile ranking both for LinkedIn and Google searches. Recruiters are already there, scouting for talent, thus SEO-optimizing your LinkedIn profile should become a #1 priority. 

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Monday Oct 19, 2015

Why Do We Change Jobs – A Closer Look At The 5 Big Reasons

Why are you looking to change your job? A question we hear quite often from our interviewers, parents and friends. But before prepping up your nicely wrapped answer, better start answering to yourself. With honesty. Lay down the pros and the cons of your decision and assess the situation with maximum clarity, before you take the next step.

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Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

4 Timeless Career Tips Inspired By Fashion

Mesmerizing and in a continuous whirl, the fashion world has always captivated me. It’s not solely the glitz and glam and what goes on in the back stage of runway shows that fascinates me. I see fashion, in general, as a source of never-ending inspiration for my personal lifestyle. I wonder, can fashion teach valuable lessons on career development and motivation? The answer to my question lies below – I’ve chosen 4 famous quotes from top fashion influencers – to prove that inspiration can be found everywhere.

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Thursday Oct 01, 2015

Case Study: How We Leveraged Google Forms for Candidate Pipelining and Engagement

Earlier this year the team at Careers at Oracle was faced with a challenge. We needed to gather exposure for our brand and for the premiere recruiting events across North America. In this case study you'll find how we created a recruitment branding campaign for our Oracle Direct events. By leveraging Google Forms, social media, other free tools and the incredibly enthusiasm of our employees we managed to create a succesfull campaign with surprising results and valuable, teachable lessons.

Read on, and discover what we did, how we did it. What went right, and what we learned from this incredible experience. 

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