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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

Freelance Employment  – Could it be ‘THE  ONE’?

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, many people across the world are analysing their relationships and thinking about the next steps.

Questions such as ‘is this for the long term?’ and ‘are we the perfect match?’ are common place when thinking about a bond with a loved one, but can they also work when thinking about your career?

At Recruit 121, we serve organisations domestically and overseas on a “one-to-one” basis. With thousands of placements to more than 500 SAP customers around the globe, we are helping to create the perfect match between candidate and employer.

When thinking about the length of relationships on a career basis, freelance placement options are becoming increasingly popular. Many employers are upping the number of freelancers they are taking on, for reasons such as special projects and high workloads; freelance assignments have become a popular choice for many professionals when considering their career options.

In our experience there are four main characteristics of freelance assignments, in SAP, that you should consider when figuring out if it’s ‘the one’ for you.

  • There is no typical contract length. Some SAP contract candidates are brought in for a half day assessment whilst some are placed for several years. However, contract roles have the potential for extension or development on to a permanent basis, meaning they are often a great way to get your ‘foot in the door’ with an organisation. We are, however, seeing an average increase in contract duration. In 2014, the average length of a freelance placement was 4.5 months, an increase of 63% from 2013.
  • Some companies offer flexible working opportunities for freelancers. Working from home, partial expenses paid for and flexible work hours are all potential benefits for freelancers, this will depend on the employer.
  • You can get a sense of your long term goals. Many freelancers enjoy the freedom of being able to work with a variety of companies on different projects. Taking on freelance roles can be a great way to see which type of role you prefer and help you think about longer term career goals. Additionally, it gives you the freedom to take time off in-between assignments (summer vacations anyone?)
  •       The more attractive your CV is, the better your prospects. Just like in the dating game, marketing yourself well is a great way to get the attention of a prospective partner. One of the best ways to do this for your career is to talk to a specialist agency because they have the closest relationships with the employers.

It’s clear that there are many benefits when considering entering into freelance roles. They can be great as a stepping stone into companies, or for those looking for the option of flexibility; they also have a much higher pay rate. Just like a relationship, it’s just about weighing up the options in order to determine whether you’d be the perfect match.

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