Friday Mar 25, 2016

3 Questions to Ask During an Interview

You have a killer LinkedIn profile and your polished resume snagged you a phone screen, which you nailed! Now, it’s time for the in-person interview. In order to maintain that winning streak, you dust off those interview clothes and practice your handshake with everyone that crosses your path.

You have everything covered - or do you? There comes a time (sometimes dreaded), in every interview, when the tables are flipped and you’re the one asking questions when asked, “Do you have any questions for me?”

Here are 3 questions to ask during an interview that will end things on a high note. Read more in a  blog post by Nando Rodriguez, Head of Employment Branding & Candidate Experience for Horizon Media.

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Friday Mar 11, 2016

Communication Tips To Ace Your Next Phone Interview

If you’re looking for a first sign that an employer was impressed with your resume or online application for a job, the invitation for a phone interview might be just it. But now that you’re all set for your call, there are certain limitations you must be aware of and that you need to compensate in order to hang up the phone at the end with nothing but a smile on your face and invitation to a face-to-face interview.

For those who are looking for the secret recipe to a successful phone interview, here are a couple of key ingredients you can include...

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Thursday Mar 03, 2016

The 6-Step Plan to Getting Hired at Oracle

If you’re an aspiring candidate for a multicultural brand such as Oracle, with thousands of available opportunities around the globe, knowing what steps to take in order to stand from the crowd out may seem a difficult quest filled with a hurricane of variables: location, line of business, hiring manager, required skill sets and so on. However, one of the greatest perks of applying to a global brand that embraces diversity is that there are some general steps you can take in order to start getting your feet wet with this journey.

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Friday Feb 26, 2016

When You’re Right About Refusing a Job…and When You’re Not


Finding the job that’s right for you is one hell of a job – pun intended. First, there’s only so little you can find out about a company during a couple of interview meetings, and second, you can never know exactly whether you made the right choice or not until you actually start working for the business.

While being highly observant of your interactions with recruiters or hiring managers can help you detect the company’s vibes, it can also head to you the extreme, where you’re simply not a good judge of the situation and end up dismissing an offer that could’ve possibly changed your career. In an effort to making the best out of the opportunities that lie ahead in our careers, let’s look into a couple of case-scenarios when saying no to a job is the right thing to do…and when it’s not.


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Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Love the Company, Hate the Job? 5 Tips on Making an Internal Move

The first day jitters have taken hold, you catch yourself day dreaming of the possibilities and you know that every step you’ve taken in your career thus far has led you here. Great colleagues, broadened responsibilities and the surety that you’ve made the right move. Fast forward a year later and you realize that you may have set that expectation bar a little too high. You love your employer your current role may not be the position for you or maybe you’ve simply outgrown it and there is no potential for upward or even lateral mobility.

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Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Becoming a Team Player


Collaboration is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Sure, at an early age we are taught to play nicely in the sandbox and share our toys but that concept doesn’t always withstand the test of self-promotion or the longing to simply do things your own way. One of the biggest challenges in my position as a Recruitment Branding Lead for North America has been working successfully alongside a global team. As a former recruiter I had become accustomed to life in my silo, working independently and treating each job that needed filling as my own. Staying in my lane was comfortable and while I’ve always enjoyed building relationships, partnering on work assignments was certainly never my sweet spot. 

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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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Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

Why Treating Your Job Like Your BFF Matters

I could never picture my life without my best friends. The amount of effort invested in keeping us together as well as the good times that have made our lives so enjoyable and real convinced me that there’s nothing more beautiful and rewarding than building long lasting friendships.

This got me thinking about commitments, our responsibilities when it comes to jobs and how much better we could handle them if we applied the same principles we use when building our friendships.

Let’s think about it: what would be the outcomes of treating your job the way you treat your BFF?

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Tuesday Dec 15, 2015

‘Tis the Season to Optimize Your Job Search Strategy

The winter holidays are almost upon us and although you’ve been actively seeking for a new employment opportunity, now you’re putting your search on pause. After all, companies take a rest too, right? Not quite. Don’t slow down your job search because recruiters are still on the haunt! Here’s how to do it. 

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Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

Make Twitter Your New Job Search BFF

Feeling like you’ve run out of job searching resources? You’re already doing your research homework on Facebook and LinkedIn, but have you considered digging deeper for job opportunities on Twitter, too? Although many see it rather as more of a socializing and networking platform, Twitter is also a surprisingly useful job searching environment where industry professionals, recruiters and candidates interact, share ideas and build awareness. Therefore, it’s time to give Twitter a chance. Here’s how you do it, step by step.

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Monday Oct 12, 2015

The Standout Presentation Tips From the Biggest Rockstars of All Time

If you think of famous lead singers that rocked the stage such as James Hetfield, Ozzy Osbourne or Brian Johnson, you wouldn’t think there are so many similarities between their job and what a business speaker does. However, I’ve learned a great deal about presentations just by analyzing these personalities and reached the conclusion that there’s a lot we can improve just by following their example.

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Friday Oct 02, 2015

Are You Looking For A Job? Check Your Job Blacklist First

There are a lot of young people who haven’t discovered their passion yet. In most cases, these are the people who go to work because they are supposed to. They feel the social pressure of having a well paid job without considering what makes them happy as long as it pays the bill. Ask yourself this simple question: what’s my passion? If your answer is I don’t know or I can’t figure out what I like doing, don’t worry. You are not the only one having this dilemma and fortunately there are some questions that can put you back on the right track.

Before finding that passion to turn into a dream job, you must first make a list of the things you… hate. Knowing what things you don’t like doing indirectly leads you to the things you like doing. So, clear your mind and go into a quiet place and ask yourself the following questions. It’s time to be honest with yourself.[Read More]

Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

Is software support an option for your career?

If you have a technical background, why should you choose a career in support?

We have invited Serban to answer these questions and to give us an overview of one of the biggest technical teams in Oracle Romania. He’s been with Oracle for 7 years leading the local PeopleSoft Financials & Supply Chain Support team. Back in 2013 Serban started building a new support team in Romania – Fusion HCM. His current focus is building a strong support team for Fusion HCM, latest solution for Business HR Professionals from Oracle. The solution is offered both on Premise (customer site installation) but more important as a Cloud offering – SaaS.

 So, why should a technical person choose Software Support over other technical areas?

 “I think it is mainly because of the high level of technical skills required to provide the best technical solutions to our customers. Oracle Software Support covers complex solutions going from Database or Middleware to a vast area of business applications (basically covering any needs that a large enterprise may have). Working with such software requires very strong skills both technical and functional for the different areas, going from Finance, Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Sales to other very specific business processes...

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Monday Aug 11, 2014

Meet Brian, the Most Inspirational person in Oracle Direct, Q4 FY14

We are delighted to have inspiring leaders working for Oracle and Brian is definitely one of them. He has recently been titled ‘The Most Inspirational person’ in Oracle Direct EMEA in Q4 FY14. Brian manages the Business Development team looking after promoting all Oracle applications across the UK & South Europe. The team is responsible for driving new business and proactively targeting Mid- Size Enterprise through outbound activities. In addition to this he is also the CRM Functional leader for Western Europe, having the responsibility to ensure that the goals of the business development organization are aligned to that of the wider CRM sales organization.

Here is what one of the Oracle Direct employees said about Brian: “He is an excellent Manager, the best I have worked for. He has the energy, passion and a “can do” attitude which is contagious. Brian helped me be the best I could be and always had a positive approach and was always available to me and the team. Brian is creative and his management style brings out the best in people and makes work fun.”

Brian has been with Oracle just over 3 years. He was promoted to this role in January having previously been an Inside Sales Rep selling in the UK Financial Services. We asked him to give us an insight into his role as a Manager and he said: “The most rewarding aspect of my role is watching people join the team just out of college and grow into IT sales people. I enjoy the competitive nature of the job, as a sales representative the competition to deliver “the best quarter” is ferocious and now as a manager I can see that that attitude continues amongst the managers and other lines of business...[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Life of an Oracle HCM Sales Rep

This time we asked Régis to speak about his experience at Oracle. He joined the company a year and a half ago as a HCM Sales Representative, covering the French Market.

“I have been in the Software Industry for 4 years now. My previous job was as a Field Sales Rep on SMB Accounts in Paris and now I’m a HCM Inside Sales Rep for Named Accounts. Being at Oracle allows me to sell a large range of HCM Products, covering aspects from Talent Management (how to develop and train your employees), the Recruitment process (how to detect new Talents for your organization, through normal methods or even thanks to the advantages of the Social networks), to Compensations & Benefits. I am the main point of contact for some of the French markets biggest companies which means that I deal with their requests and I manage their various issues, always providing solutions and suggestions based on our portfolio. There is a wide range of products that companies can select from to grow their business and improve the performance.

What I truly like about my job at Oracle is that it has given me an international mindset. Being part of this fast and growing company makes you interact with people from all over the world and deal with a variety of responsibilities. As a HCM Sales representative I help my customers that require international HR processes to find solutions to their requests and challenges, according to their local policies and requirements. For instance, one of my clients which are a well-known French Retail company with shops in many countries around the world has recently decided to maximize their recruiting process. Having chosen Oracle HCM Cloud, they will now be able to support the business growth through the recruiting solutions we provided as well as through the new Social Sourcing techniques which we presented...[Read More]
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