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.

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