Because I’m happy!

International Day of Happiness is an annual celebration of people and what makes them happy.

It’s a great way to think about all the things that you’re thankful for and that put a smile on your face. To celebrate International Day Of Happiness, here at Recruit 121, we’ve been asking our members of staff what it is that makes them feel all warm and fuzzy inside:

Mike Collins R121Name: Mike Collins

Role: Global SAP Business Development Consultant 

What makes you smile: The Summer Sun – Going out for beers in the Sun and Summer BBQ’s with friends and family.

What professional achievements have made you particularly happy: My professional achievement was reaching a personal best for number of contractors on-site working for me last year and hitting my company targets for 2014 on the way.    

Katie Braithwaite R121

Name: Katie Braithwaite

Role: Global Delivery Consultant

What makes you smile: Travelling to exotic locations always makes me smile. It’s very difficult not to smile when the sun is shining!

What professional achievements have made you particularly happy: It is the ‘little’ achievements – receiving a grateful note from candidates or clients to thank me for the service Recruit121 has provided them with is a nice reminder that our hard work does not go unnoticed.

Josh Williams Recruit 121

Name: Josh Williams

Role: Senior Account Manager

What makes you smile: I love watching live Rugby. Nothing makes me smile more than watching Wales win at the Millennium Stadium .

What professional achievements have made you particularly happy: Following a successful 2014 at Recruit 121 I was promoted within the Corporate Account Department, which was a nice acknowledgement of how I am progressing and the effort I have put in.

Charlotte R121Name: Charlotte Rual-Lovell

Role: Placement Manager

What makes you smile: After having recently moved back to Wales from a two year stint in Dubai, spending time with my friends and family is what makes me happy the most. And snacks – lots and lots of snacks.

What professional achievements have made you particularly happy: One thing I try to employ within the working environment is to work outside of my comfort zone; something of which I did a lot whilst working abroad. Developing additional skills, as well as building confidence, has made my working life a lot more pleasant and engaging for the client, employer and myself alike.

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

International Women’s Day

In order to celebrate International Women’s Day we’ve been chatting to our Recruitment Administrator, Helen,  to get her opinions on her career, inspiration and all things business.

Helen R121 International Women's Day

Name: Helen Harrison

Role: Recruitment Administrator

How did you get into the SAP sector: I came in to the company as a Junior Administration Assistant. I had no prior knowledge of SAP or Recruitment but found I really enjoyed the challenge of working with Global Clients and Consultants and the new things every day would bring.

How long have you been at Recruit 121? 7 years

Who is your female role model/inspiration in the business world? Tyra Banks – not the obvious pick, but she worked hard from the age of 16 in a harsh world, she now owns her own company and is worth $90 million. She doesn’t let criticism get to her and has made her way in the world as a strong independent woman.

Who is your female role model/inspiration outside of work? Frida Kahlo

Do you have a favourite quote? “A Successful Woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her”

Jenny Dearborn, senior vice president & chief learning officer at SAP recently called for companies to think about pay inequality, what is your opinion on this?
 As a young(ish) woman, when I started my career, it was more commonplace for women to hold the same positions as men. I am happy to see that pay is being challenged again. Surely in this day and age, this shouldn’t still be a reality!!

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