New year, further success. Building on our first 15 years.

In August, we celebrated the 15 year anniversary of the launch of Recruit 121.

Now, in our 15th year we are building on our success with the appointment of five new employees, the launch of two new divisions and a move to our new offices in Capital Tower, Cardiff.

The recent growth within the Cardiff office responds to an increasing demand for SAP (systems, applications and products in data processing) recruitment services and the introduction of a dedicated recruitment service for finance roles, showing a commitment to expanding the expertise of Recruit 121 to become a trusted brand in the wider recruitment sector.

Recruit 121’s new faces:

Our new recruits are Emma Peterson, Darren Wilcox, Connor Wall, Guy Guest and Abby Hughes. Emma, 40, from Cardiff, is heading up our new accounting and finance division.

Emma said: “I’m really pleased to be taking on the exciting challenge of launching a brand new division for Recruit 121. The company has an excellent reputation and is recognised internationally as a market leader in the area of SAP recruitment.

“My aim is to establish the Recruit 121 brand in the financial recruitment sector and build a strong team, which focuses on sector knowledge and excellent client relationships.”

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Recruit 121’s new offices:

We are delighted to have moved into our new offices on the 14th floor of Cardiff’s iconic Capital Tower. The new offices will provide us with much-needed space for the growing team and new furniture and technology, including two 65-inch screens for video conferencing.

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Our managing director, Che Hookings, said: “We have seen Recruit 121 develop significantly over the past 15 years and our Cardiff team is now proud to be a globally-recognised source of expertise in SAP recruitment.

“We have placed thousands of candidates for more than 500 SAP customers around the world and we continue to expand our client base.

“While SAP might not be familiar to many, it has been estimated that US$600bn are transacted on the SAP network annually, which is 50% more than Amazon, Alibaba and eBay combined.

“Our turnover for the Cardiff office last year was £10.2m, which represented a 5% increase on the previous year.

“We see an opportunity to capitalise on the knowledge and reputation we have built-up, over the past 15 years, and take Recruit 121 to the next level.

“We are confident that we can successfully expand our business model. The introduction of new areas of specialist recruitment, the new office and the latest additions to the team will be instrumental in helping us to achieve that. We are all looking ahead to the next 15 years and to what we can achieve.”

 

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