When it comes to finding an SAP-related job, many people rely on the run-of-the-mill tools like job boards. Some will ask friends and family, and others will have former colleagues “ask around”. But when it comes to finding a new job in the current global economy, it is important to use all the tools at your disposal.
The following five tools can very effectively help you find a job online.
Over the last 12-18 months, LinkedIn has been transformed into a professional powerhouse. With over 35 million profiles available, LinkedIn is fast becoming the preferred site for business professionals around the world. Once you have created your own profile on LinkedIn, you can join any number of SAP related groups – from the SAP Community with over 30,000 members to the SAP Freelancers group with about 6,000 members, there is bound to be a group that suits you best.
Xing is a serious competitor with LinkedIn – but has a much larger user base in Europe (and in particular, Germany). It has similar functionality available, including groups – but may be a more useful network for those who are based in Europe. And while it can take some time building and maintaining your profile on multiple sites, your goal is reaching the right employer in the right location. By doubling up on your profile information you may actually be doubling your chances of a new job.
While most people use Slideshare to share their powerpoint presentations with the world, you can also use it to produce and share a visual resume.
4. Visual CV
Think of this as a professional lifestream. Visual CV provides a single view of your career achievements in a web interface. You can control the privacy settings, enrich your CV with multimedia, links to websites and social networks/profiles, share your profile via a unique URL and automatically generate a PDF version.
Increasingly, Facebook is bridging the gap between our professional and private lives; and it is important to never underestimate the power of your personal network. By clearly indentifying your SAP skills in your profile, it will expose this information to the millions of people who use Facebook every day. Of course, there are some specialized SAP-oriented Facebook groups available. Some are mostly for fun and connection (like this TechEd group) while others have a business focus. There are some closed groups as well as a number which are open to anyone.
Make sure you join those that align closely with your interests and skills – you may be surprised how many opportunities may present themselves.