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The Do’s & Don’ts of structuring an SAP CV

“Your CV is the window into your world of experience for any job application. It is your primary selling tool to an employer, and one you can’t afford to get wrong” says our Director of Business Development, James Turner.

In a bid to help you Spring clean your CV, we’ve been sharing our top tips for CV content and the importance of first impressions.

In this week’s blog, we dive in with James to discuss the do’s and don’ts of CV structure to make sure that your first impression is a strong one!

Do – Think about the length of your CV.

We recommend a CV length of 2-5 pages. Anything less than that means it’s unlikely you’ll have given us enough information. Anything more, and you aren’t being concise enough.

 Don’t – Have inconsistent formatting

There’s no need for different types and sizes of font throughout your CV. Pick one or two accentuating fonts and a standard one for the body of your text. I recommend Bolded Arial size 12 for accentuating and size 12 Regular Times New Roman for the main text. Subtle differences can be effective, and consistency really helps accentuate your most important points.

Do – Ensure that no dates of employment are missing

If a CV is logical, then it’s understandable. Putting things in chronological order goes a long way, but missing dates can raise some red flags.

Don’t – Miss out summary and overviews on experience

In our experience, the average vacancy receives 8-15 applications. This means that agencies and employers alike sometimes need to look for any reason to differentiate one from the other. A cogent summary is one of the best ways to do this because it not only shows your skill to be concise, but it also clearly communicates your most important experience that can be quite helpful.

Do – Check for poor grammar and spelling

Poor grammar or spelling is an easy way for us to filter out applicants. This is meant to be your best representation of yourself, so we expect it to be 100%. If English isn’t your first language, it’s well worth your time to have somebody else look it over before you submit it.

Don’t – Put inaccurate information in the CV

The SAP community is smaller than you might think. We’ve received false references or inaccurate project durations that we knew were untrue. False information can make you look bad, so it’s best to stick to the truth. Remember, your CV should be an honest reflection of you, not somebody else.

Do – Job position content is either too detailed or too high-level

This relates back to the length of your CV. If you tell us about your role in two sentences, you probably haven’t given enough information. Likewise, if you’ve listed every output you achieved in 20-50 bullet points, then you’ve probably gone too detailed. Additionally, if you list your outcomes in multiple bullet points, you can sometimes fail to contextually frame the precise nature of the role.

Taking a little time out to ensure that the structure of your CV fits these points is invaluable, remember, the CV is the first foot in the door to getting that dream job.

Let us help you with all the information you need on SAP jobs, contact us on +44 02920 496121 or Email us at: info@recruit121.com

First Impressions Count!

Recent studies have shown that on average, a HR Manager looks at a CV for just seven seconds before deciding whether to consider a candidate for a job.

We’ve already given you the tips on what to include in a SAP CV  but once all the ingredients are in there, how should it be structured to make you an appealing candidate for a role in SAP?  

This week, we sat down with James Turner, our Director of Business Development, to get his advice on the importance of having a well-structured SAP CV that will get you noticed.

 James, why do you see it as being so important to have a well-structured CV?

“I see your CV as being the window into your world of experience for any job application. It is your primary selling tool to an employer. If you get it wrong, it can cost you the job”.

Do you get any feedback from our customers (the employers) around making improvements??

“Customer requirements change based on their own unique vacancies, just like someone’s favourite flavour frosting! However, we hear a lot of common mistakes over and over again. It’s unfortunate because in many cases, just one or two of these mistakes can cause an applicant to not be considered for a role. The most common ones I hear from our customers are:

  1. The CV is too long
  2. Formatting is mixed and all over the place.
  3. Dates of employment are often missing
  4. Missing summary and overviews on experience
  5. Poor grammar
  6. Job position content is either too detailed or too high-level
  7. Putting inaccurate information in the CV.”

It sounds like a lot of things can go wrong… Can making these CV changes affect your application outcomes?

“In our experience, yes it can. When we provide feedback to candidates in these areas and ask them to make the changes and update their CV’s we see a marked improvement in the number of candidates that progress to the interview stage. These simple changes and attention to detail in the first instance really do improve your chances of being selected for interview.”

 So standing out from other applicants is important then?

“Without a shadow of a doubt. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Why would you make your chances of interview selection harder? On average, there can be as many as 8-15 applicants per vacancy that our customers will review. Getting them to read past page 1 is key, but any of these mistakes can reduce the possibility of that happening”.

You wouldn’t turn up to an interview in your faded jeans and moth eaten jumper (we hope!) so why let your CV make the wrong impression. Avoid the rubbish bin and get yourself seen by those all-important decision makers.

 Let us help you with all the information you need on SAP jobs, contact us on +44 02920 496121 or Email us at: info@recruit121.com

Recruit 121’s Top 10 Tips for a Killer SAP CV.

Winter is almost over. Days are becoming longer and it won’t be long until Spring has sprung.

A symbol of beginnings, it could be time to think about Spring cleaning your career, progressing forward or maybe aiming for something totally new.

A great place to start is brushing away that virtual dust your CV has gathered up sitting unopened on your computer.

Our Delivery and Resource Manager, Richard Jones shares his top 10 tips for a killer SAP CV:

1. Include all versions of SAP that you’ve worked on.
It’s important that employers are certain you’re qualified. As SAP software is constantly changing, skills can become outdated and even irrelevant. By listing each version of SAP you have worked on, employers can see how your skills work in relation to specific roles. It is also valuable to include any SAP Certifications which could be of significant interest to prospective employers and Project Managers.

2. Include all industries you’ve worked in.
SAP works across a multitude of industries, often with transferable skills. It is important to mention these, however you should give particular attention to any experience you’ve had in the industry of the current job you’re applying for.

3. Include the type of implementation.
Whether the contract you’ve previously worked on was a greenfield project (setting up a brand new system), an upgrade (updating the software to a more recent version), a template (developing repeatable processes) or a rollout (taking an existing template project and simply localising it) it is important to state this in your CV so it is clear to the employer the type of experience you have.

4. Make your work experience chronological.
This may seem like common practice, but by listing your most recent work first an employer can determine what your last experience was, and how this could transfer into a new role.

5. Highlight any extensions you’ve received.
Contractors may be brought in on a six month contract (see our freelance advice post); if this is extended for an additional six months it speaks volumes to how helpful an employer finds the work carried out. This will imply a good skill set when looking for other work.

6. List all languages that you speak.
SAP has more than 282,000 customers in 188 countries, which means that you may often be dealing in multi-lingual businesses. Proving that you can converse in different languages could stand you in good stead with potential employers.

7. List your availability.
Most companies will keep your record on file, which means even if they don’t hire you for the job which you’re applying for, they may contact you as new vacancies appear. It’s a great way to keep your foot in the door.

8. List your contact details.
It’s important that employers can contact you, so include your details, especially email and phone number.

9. Get your CV in as quick as possible.
Some companies will stop searching for a candidate as soon as they feel that they have a viable CV, so it’s important that you’ve got one ready to go as soon as you find a post you’d like to apply for.

10. Use a trusted recruitment company.
Specialist recruitment companies like us can fill 1000’s of jobs per year. No generic job board is able to leverage the internal industry contacts that a specialist company has, so use springtime as your new beginning and get the role in SAP you’ve been waiting for.

For more information on SAP jobs, contact us on +44 02920 496121 or Email us at: info@recruit121.com