Summer is well underway and lots of us are longing for a much needed break in the sun, but could you use this time to your advantage when searching for jobs in SAP?
We sat down with some of the team here at Recruit 121 to see how they’re spending their summer and what advice they have for those thinking about their SAP careers during the summer months.
Mike Bobbett, Director of Finance and Operations.
How will you be spending your summer break? I took an early break in April and visited France, it’s extremely important to have a good work/life balance. I have also recently started going to salsa classes which is a great way to unwind whilst keeping active too.
Do you feel that taking a break for the summer effects your workload? Work in our industry is fast-paced and often somewhat intense so it is important to recharge one’s batteries. Recently, Mercer, the Human Resource specialists conducted research that indicated that British and Polish employees are the most privileged in terms of statutory paid holiday entitlements. Despite the UK’s generous statutory paid holiday entitlement, other European employees were granted more paid holidays in total, with Austria and Malta topping the list.
Do you have any tips for those thinking about embarking on a new career path? The market slows a little in the summer and both clients and candidates are eager to take a break. It is a fantastic time to include latest SAP news, products, developments and training on one’s summer reading list. As a partner to SAP Education, selling their Learning hub, Recruit 121 Limited can help. If you are in work, it is a great time to undertake projects that busier periods make challenging.
What tips would you give to people who are freelance/self employed but want to take a summer break? It takes a little cash-flow planning! Accrue your money whilst in contract and try and maintain a nest-egg for you to enjoy through the summer. Beware of peaks of expenditure; settling your tax bills or renewing your freelancers’ insurance, for example.
How will you be spending your summer break? I’m taking a trip to DisneyLand with my family and will also be going on a few weekend camping trips with the kids.
What tips would you give to people who are freelance/self employed but want to take a summer break? Being a freelancer you always have choice on when to work and when not to work. However, for a freelancer, not working means not being paid. If you have come to the end of your contract, make more applications during the summer break as when people return to work, you will have more chances of multiple interviews being called in.
Kerstin Barthelmes, Role Delivery consultant
What tips would you give to those looking for a role in SAP during the summer? Summer is a great time to work on your CV. Whether you have finished your latest project or your current role has quietened down a little, set some time aside to ensure your CV is up to date with all skills and experience. Perhaps you have had the opportunity to work on a new skill or have completed some training or a certification? It’s always worth having a chat with us here at Recruit 121 to see what opportunities are out there and what the best next step for your career could be.
How do countries that you place candidates in differ in terms of their summer holidays allowance? Southern Europe seems to quieten down for the majority of summer.
What tips would you give to people who are freelance/self employed but want to take a summer break? If it fits in with the stage of the project you are involved with – Do it!
Richard Jones, EMEA Delivery Manager
How will you be spending your summer break? I’m going to a few music festivals, some weekend trips away and will be visiting family and friends. Having a few beers in the sun with my mates always helps me to unwind.
Do you have any tips for those thinking about embarking on a new career path this summer? Bear in mind that whilst it is summer time for most of Europe, it isn’t for other regions such as the Middle East and APAC. I would recommend considering using this time to train or go for SAP certification to help you find your next SAP opportunity.
Do you see a rise/fall in people looking for work during summer? Since I began working at Recruit 121, the trend has been for a lot of people to be looking for new opportunities during the summer months. September tends to be extremely busy for us in terms of contracts being sent out and signed.
What tips would you give to people who are freelance/self employed but want to take a summer break? Take one, but have a copy of your CV handy. If an opportunity arises when you are away you can still apply, take a telephone interview or a web meeting. Having a contract waiting for you to start after your holidays is the ideal scenario.
Mike Collins, Business Development
Do you feel that taking a break for the summer effects your workload?: Workload will inevitably build up when away, however I believe it’s always good to take some time off to “recharge the batteries” and come back from your break feeling 100%.
Is there any way that those looking for work in SAP can utilise the fact that many people are away on holidays to benefit their job search? Summer breaks often mean the recruitment process can be extended for both the candidate and client. Make the most of this time by brushing up on your CV and getting feedback on it from us here at Recruit 121. You could also take some time to up-skill on the latest SAP Technologies via the Recruit 121 SAP Learning hub as well as doing market research on potential clients that have activity.
How do countries that you place candidates in differ in terms of their summer holidays allowance? Holiday Allowance will vary not only from country to country but also depending on the industry in which you are working. Some manufacturing plants have a summer “shut down” during which workers take the time off whilst vital maintenance is carried out. We see some Nordic countries giving workers the summer months off due to the lack of daylight hours in the winter. In the Middle East, Ramadan and EID impact the working hours and employees are sometimes given this time off.
What tips would you give to people who are freelance/self employed but want to take a summer break? I would advise to still keep an active eye on the market during your time off. Set aside some time to keep up to date with new market requirements, get your applications out and to speak with your preferred recruitment consultants to understand the market and activities. Once you have made applications, ensure you can make time to communicate with the relevant agents and attend interviews if necessary.
Charlotte Rual-Lovell, Placement Manager
How will you be spending your summer break? At home with family and friends for the most part. I have recently booked a holiday to Dubrovnik, Croatia for September time, which cannot come soon enough. I’ve also found an amazing yoga studio which I visit every Wednesday, which really helps me unwind.
Do you feel that taking a break for the summer effects your workload? Yes. I’ve always been quite nervous about leaving work for a long period of time. I think as long as you leave a thorough hand-over and your colleagues are fully aware of what needs to be done during your absence, then your workload will remain manageable on your return. Everyone needs a holiday.
How do countries that you place candidates in differ in terms of their summer holidays allowance? I’m fairly new to the SAP/Recruitment industry but I have noticed that Scandinavian countries have a much longer summer holiday. I also lived in Dubai for two years, meaning Ramadan has fallen over the summer period, and it will do so for the foreseeable future. This results in a lot of the Middle Eastern countries working shorter hours during the working week, and more often than not people tending to holiday during this period.