SAP Resume Preparation Tips
SAP Resume Preparation Tips
1. Your Domain Experience Counts: If you do not have a ton of IT experience in the module, you do not need to sweat it out. Domain know-how is very important. For example, when you apply for an SAP SD or CRM feature job, you typically need 6 to 7 years of IT feature experience. However, you can easily bring in a few years of actual domain experience – for example, as a Sales Manager or Marketing Manager. This is especially useful for people with industry experience and expertise who are getting familiar with the actual module.
2. Focus on the solved issues: Actually, this applies to any type of resume. Especially for SAP CVs. Try to focus on how you solved a specific functional problem. For example, an SAP FICO cv could be: “Configured Dummy Company Codes for Special Logistics Processes” and not just “Configured Company Code, Credit Control Area …, etc.”. The interviewer will then ask you what kind of “special logistics process” it is. You can explain more about the actual business problem and your solution.
3. Focus on your last project: Most interviews do not go beyond the last 2 or 3 projects. Concentrate 50% on your current project, 30% on your second project and 10% on the third project. Beyond that, do not worry too much. In rare situations, they go beyond the third project, but only if the interviewer does not understand your first two pages.
4. Limit Your Curriculum Vitae to 3 or 4 Pages: Some people have a habit of extending their CV beyond 5 or 6 pages. That is completely unnecessary. Interviewers do not have time to read so many pages. Each interview (minimum order) will take no longer than 30-45 minutes. And the focus, as already mentioned, lies on the first two pages.
5. List logos of your customers if they are well known. For example, if you worked with “Johnson & Johnson” or “Google” 8 years ago, try placing at least one of those customers’ logos on the first page, titled “Major Customers Who Worked With.” This will add a professional touch.
6. Use Most Popular Keywords: Recruiters try to select only resumes that match the keywords in the requirements. For example, if a recruiter is looking for resumes in SAP CRM resumes that contain the keywords “campaign management” and you have been working on managing CRM campaigns, try listing the keyword in the resume. Do not just say “campaigning” worked. The better the match, the better the resume match picked up by the recruiter. However, do not try to fill the CV with all sorts of keywords.
7. Keep multiple resumes: Yes – this may sound very strange, but it’s true. Candidates with multiple CVs have a better chance of receiving an interview call than individuals with a single CV. But you have to do a fine balancing act here. If you exceed this, you will be punished as a fake. The main reason why you need to manage multiple versions is to make sure that you cover potentially complementary areas when you are truly qualified. For example, if you are an SAP Basis, Security, GRC / Virsa Advisor, you can manage two resumes – one focusing on your general base / network / security skills and another focusing on basic and GRC capabilities.
8. Avoid grammar and spelling mistakes: It’s highly unprofessional if your resume contains grammatical or spelling mistakes. Not everyone speaks English very well – Find a good friend and ask him / her to check him / her or get professional help in preparing the CV. Do not leave out a bad resume.
9. Eliminate “not so necessary” details: Nowadays, recruiters / employers DO NOT consider your “other” interests. Please avoid listing your hobbies that are not part of your workspace. For example, if you are looking for a position in SAP, you can specify your language proficiency in German or Spanish or Japanese. Sometimes recruiters look for function counselors with specific language skills. However, please do not mention your skills in hang gliding or classical music.