The most common problem that most of us have faced at the beginning of our career is how do we get our first job without any experience, and the dilemma is we can’t get an experience without a job! However, many a times employers prefer fresher’s who come with a fresh bent of mind and are welcome to new ideas and thoughts.
This holds true in the field of SAP (Systems, Applications, Products in Data Processing) also.
Let us understand ways of getting your first job in SAP:
- Check out the Internet: There is nothing absolutely which is not available on the internet these days. Wikipedia will be very helpful and providing you information about any relevant topic.
- Be more specific in your approach: Try pulling up the information with specific phrases such as, "Companies with Headquarters in your local area". This information will help you in getting connected to company’s who may be hiring.
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- Economics: You must always try looking up information related to the state/region and economic development of the region you are residing in or about the area you are job hunting in. This will enable you to know the job prospects there.
- Keep a tab on the reputed national job site: Quite often companies to post their job posted on these websites.
- Head office: Find out about all the companies who have their head office in the area you are job hunting in. Companies generally have the bulk of the working population in their head office.
- Keep a tap on the newspapers and classified ads: Many companies post their job posting in local classifieds and newspapers also to each out to the best suitable candidate.
- Find out about all the companies who run SAP operations: This information will help you figure out which companies you want to put on your job search radar. Check out the career boards of these companies regularly.
- SAP Group: Pull up all the information related to the SAP User Group web sites. This group will contain all the information related to the companies dealing in SAP.
- Criteria specific: Once the information about the companies has been shortlisted you can search using various criteria, such as reputation of the company, the geographical location, etc.
- Information: While you are looking up for information related to a specific company pay special attention to information relate to the entry level section, college graduates and even interns. This way you will get to know whether the company recruit’s fresher’s or not.
- Corporate websites: Keep a regular check on the corporate websites. May a time companies post positions in their websites only and not on the job sites.
- Keep on applying: There is no limit to the number of places you can apply in while job hunting. One day you will surely succeed in securing a job.
- Do not duplicate efforts: Incase you have already reached out to a recruiter please don’t go the website of the company and apply there as well. This could unnecessarily lead to complications as there are legalities which follow and your application may not be shortlisted at all.
- No Generic Resume: Do not have a generic resume. Each and every application has to be specific and should at all times meet the requirements.
- Cover letter: Always include a cover letter which lists your previous experience, if any, along with the learnings involved. This way you can advise the employees what is the value add you would bring to the table if hired. Be brief in your explanation as recruiters don’t have the time to go through each and every application.
- Go Prepared: Always go prepared for an interview and never go casually you should be ready to answer every question that comes your way with regards to your field.
- Contacts: Try getting in touch with your friends and family who are already working in the same company or field. Utilize all your contact, if possible, find out as much as you can about the company, check out for the internal job postings that may have been rolled out.
- Attire: Go dressed properly for an interview. You should look professional. Men are advised to wear a formal shirt and trousers and women can either go in business suit or any formal attire. Always find out about the attire in a particular workplace before you visit for the interview.
- Salary: Don’t be too adamant about the salary and remuneration. These can be discussed once the offer is rolled out to you. Don’t initiate any conversations about the salary at the beginning.
- Knowledge: Always find out as much as you can about the company, where do they stand in the marketplace. Always have your questions ready related to the company and the opening you have been identified for!
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