Constantly challenging yourself is always lots of fun.

A blog post from Recruit 121’s managing director, Che Hookings.

On Wednesday 3rd June, I will start off on a journey of over 300 miles – cycling from Cardiff to Paris in aid of #StayStrongForOws.

#StayStrongForOws is the fundraising and awareness campaign launched by rugby team Cardiff Blues, to support player Owen Williams who was injured while playing in Singapore.

The last physical challenge of this scale I took part in was the 55 mile Manchester ‘Bogle Stroll’ whilst I was in University and my only cycling experience is during short rides with my family. A few friends of mine are closely connected to the Cardiff Blues and mentioned the challenge to me so I jumped at the chance to get involved in raising money for such a fantastic cause.

The signing up was easy, now it’s time to don the padded lycra shorts and get on my bike – I’ve learned to love lycra, I’ve been told the alternative is a product called ‘butt butter’, which I hope I’ll never have to use! During the challenge, both the mental and physical aspects will be extremely tough. However, getting to share them with a bunch of like-minded people for a great cause gives me a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

Sharing challenging times with my peers takes me back to school trips to Storey Arms outdoor pursuits centre, experiencing new things and challenging myself was always lots of fun.

As I think about the challenge ahead, I can’t help but think how the world of SAP recruitment is somewhat similar.

SAP Recruitment is a competitive space that requires a lot of hard work from those in the industry, hopefully my experience with this will help me with the dedication it’ll take to complete the cycle.

Despite being a very valuable service that contributes directly to the success of the business by supporting enterprise wide programmes, the industry has a reputation for being ‘money driven’ and untrustworthy and overcoming that perception in a competitive market is a significant challenge.

Delivering a professional service in an ethical, transparent and cost effective manner is the mission of Recruit 121. To do that effectively we require a close engagement, where communication is open and consistent, rate transparency and a dedication to understanding the product. We understand these commitments may mean we are not right for everyone, but the reward comes in terms of service quality recognition when we bring the components together.

Let’s hope that my dedication and training, coupled with lots of communication with my team mates and my trusty lycra, get me through the challenge.

You can keep up with my journey to Paris by following Recruit 121 on Twitter: @Recruit121_sap, Facebook: Recruit 121 – SAP Recruitment or LinkedIn: Recruit 121- SAP Recruitment

Those of you who’d like to donate towards this fantastic cause can do so via the Just Giving page 

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“Professional, pragmatic and solution oriented”, Josh Williams celebrates 8 years at Recruit 121

Josh Williams Recruit 121This week, at Recruit 121, we celebrated the 8th anniversary of Josh Williams joining our team.

We caught up with Josh, now a Senior Recruitment Consultant, to find out about how his journey started, the changes he’s seen over the 8 years he’s worked within the industry and how he sees the future for those looking for work in SAP.



The road to Recruit 121:

After studying for a degree in IT at The University of Glamorgan between 2002 – 2005, Josh began to look for jobs in the IT industry. He started working with Recruit 121 in May 2007 and was immediately drawn in by the fast paced, success driven environment that IT recruitment offers.

Career Highlight:
Josh is one of the leading suppliers of freelancers to one of the biggest software companies in the world. Francesca Romagnolo, Resource manager at SAP Italia said: “Josh is very professional, pragmatic and solution oriented. His communication style is very effective and always to the point.”

Changes in the industry:
Josh is always conscious of the ever growing role of social media, particularly LinkedIn, in both SAP recruitment and the SAP industry itself. Josh uses LinkedIn to connect with SAP consultants or analysts who are looking for work, to take the time to understand their skills and preferences in order to find the right candidate for the right role – this fits in with his belief that an open, transparent and honest approach to business is extremely important.

The future of SAP jobs:
In line with SAP CEO Bill McDermott’s announcement of ‘Digital for Customer Engagement’ – a cloud CRM platform designed for individuals, small teams and SMBs but with enterprise-grade capabilities, Josh sees a move away from on premise SAP solutions to cloud based solutions on the horizon. This development brings across the expectation that there will be more vacancies for the user interface aspect of cloud.

As a Senior Recruitment Consultant at Recruit 121 Ltd, Josh specialises in locating SAP consultants for both Permanent and Contract roles across EMEA and MENA. If you are a SAP consultant or analyst, let Josh take the time to understand your skills and preferences so that he can screen our current and future SAP openings for you.

Contact Josh now on: +44 (0) 2920 496 121 or email: