Oracle’s David Talamelli on creativity, agility and entrepreneurial spirit turning out respected IT professionals


Oracle is the world’s largest business software company, with more than 320,000 customers including 100 of the Fortune 100 and representing a variety of sizes and industries in more than 145 countries around the globe. Oracle’s Global Team of Recruiters is responsible for sourcing, identifying and attracting talented individuals into the company of which David Talamelli is a key part. David talks with CareerHub about Oracle’s approach to turning graduates into respected IT professionals into a market full of promise and opportunity.

Convey a strong, genuine message to graduates

With his work varying a great deal and no two days being the same, he normally splits his time working with the various business groups and liaising with candidates at all levels (from C-level or Graduate level) regarding opportunities in the organisation, “I recruit for Oracle and have brought a number of people into our business. When I talk about opportunities at Oracle and people ask me what it is like to work here, I let them know that I truly believe Oracle is a great place to work. This is a strong message to convey to people and when the message is genuine it is that much more powerful a statement. From a recruitment perspective I enjoy the challenges of searching for, identifying and talking to the talented people who may potentially work here. It is always interesting to talk to people with such a range of skills and experience.

Once again Oracle’s Australia Graduate Program will be running in 2010. The Oracle Australia Graduate Development Program is a one-year program consisting of orientation, formal training, and project rotations in one of core lines of business, and finally job placement. The formal training is a combination of structured development programs on soft skills and functional competencies via various delivery formats. Graduates are also expected to work in a team environment and complete multiple projects addressing real business challenges and at the time gaining a broad business understanding. For our Australian Graduate Program we are hiring in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Graduates have more choices and opportunities for themselves now than at any time before

Choices could range from joining a formal graduate program, to setting up their own business, or doing something entirely different. The great thing about having so many choices is that people who put their hands up to work at Oracle generally have an idea of who we are and what we do, so we are often talking to graduates who genuinely are interested in working here.

I think one of the great things about Oracle’s Graduate Program is that graduates can apply to work in the Line of Business in Oracle that they are interested in. For some people this may mean working in one of our Consulting Groups or maybe our Pre-Sales Business, or even one of our Sales Teams. Graduates who join our Graduate Program not only participate in structured training but they also get to work on real business challenges – all designed to help our graduates become respected IT professionals.

Use of social media tools as an everyday part of work life

This could be anything from talking to potential candidates on Twitter, to conducting a search on LinkedIn, to writing Oracle’s latest recruitment blog entry. Over the past number of years we have seen an increased take up of companies utilising various Web 2.0 and social media strategies to attract talented individuals into their business. I am a social media enthusiast and I think the advantages of using various social media tools far outweighs the perceived disadvantages/negatives of social media.

Additionally, using CareerHub Central, for me, is a great way to advertise our Graduate Recruitment Program onto numerous university job boards with one simple process. Rather than having to contact each university individually and post a separate job advertisement on each individual job board, CareerHub Central saves me time and money because I only have to post one job ad on CareerHub Central that is then automatically sent to a number of universities.

Graduate recruitment has a bright future for those companies who can provide a real value added service to their business and for those who can offer graduates an interesting career path

I think in recruitment we are seeing the following changes taking place which applies to graduate recruitment as well:

  • Web 2.0 technologies will continue to gain acceptance and usage in the recruitment industry – we will increasingly use these tools to reach out to and stay connected to graduating students.
  • Graduates will make decisions about joining your company based on information from multiple sources.
  • Recruitment is becoming a much more transparent function than it has been in the past.
  • Recruitment is no longer just about recruiting; it is increasingly taking on marketing/branding responsibility.
  • There is less reliance on reactive candidate sourcing strategies and greater use of proactive recruitment practices.

Having said that, at Oracle we have all the resources of a large company. Yet we’ve managed to retain the creativity, agility and entrepreneurial spirit of a start-up. It’s what makes Oracle such an exciting place to work. It’s also why we’re still one of the most innovative and profitable companies in the industry. We are constantly looking for top university graduates, bringing ideas and motivation to our business. In return, we provide the challenge of a dynamic, fast-paced environment, plus all the resources a university professional needs to launch a successful career.”

David Talamelli is a Principal Recruiter for Oracle Corporation in the APAC Region based in Melbourne. He is responsible for end to end recruitment for Oracle across Australia, New Zealand and Philippines with exposure across other APAC countries as needed.  David has been with Oracle in their APAC Recruitment Division since early 2006 and has in excess of 11 years IT Recruitment experience with previous roles onsite at Hewlett-Packard and also at GAP IT Consulting. A link to the corporate profile can be found at .


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