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Hello Readers,

I will soon begin a semi-aggressive search for a new position. As stated in a previous Blog post, my interest in HCM and HR.Tech has led me to, wanting to pursue a job at SuccessFactors, I have never worked outside of construction. My career needs adjustment though, I feel that I have studied and maintained an updated understanding of the industry to date – but I am still a beginner that needs guidance, my desire to succeed in this field is strong. Once I am given a chance, I realize that I will have to put in the extra work required to take myself to the productive level, Working with a team brainstorming then implementing the consensus sounds like an interesting challenge and a worthwhile pursuit, the nervousness of taking on new responsibility’s feels natural and progressive, to make it short – I need this change.

–  If asked, what makes me think that I can add value to an Organization?

I would answer with, sincerity,  creativity, and the desire to nurture the success in others.

 

–  If asked why I take interest in this industry?

I would answer – Because I believe that technology can improve the workplace and create a easy to understand form of productivity and comfort.

–  If asked what my forward looking statements are to date.

Mobile and Social, we know how accustomed people are to both of these, the future holds a lot for both, how it will add value to the business is going to be subject to individual and group concerns.

I take this approach with a humble and open attitude, please wish me well and offer advice if you can.

Thanks,

Chad

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  1. Hans Loekkegaard

    Dear Chad,

    First of all, best of luck in your new career path and may the force be with you! 😉

    I would recommend a few things in your situation. First piece of advice, it might be worth having a chat with Jarret Pazahanick as he is your HCM/SuccessFactors maestro along with Luke Marson. Both of these gents would be able to give you some valuable advice, reach out to them and I’m sure they’ll be happy to help. I believe Jarret actually wrote a piece on the transition from HR -> SuccessFactors recently.

    Secondly, I would recommend that you take contact with recruitment companies that focus in the area of HCM and SuccessFactors. The good ones out there, do research on this btw as there’s quite a few of them, would be happy to speak with you over the phone and have a brief conversation about  your career prospects. They do this for a living and would be able to give you some valuable insight into what direction you could go and what you should focus on. They might even be able to help you find your next position if you want their help.

    I hope this gives you some useful tips on how to get your head around the next step in your career.

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    1. Jarret Pazahanick

      Hi Chad

      Just so you are mentally prepared it is going to be extremely challenging to break into SAP HCM or SuccessFactors as it is a very competitive space for people with no experience. Here is the blog I recently wrote that Hans mentioned How to Transition from an SAP HCM to a SuccessFactors Consultant and Chris had opportunities in the SuccessFactors world given his SAP experience.

      If it were me I would look at my network of friends and associates, start attending major conferences, become active in social media, clean up your Linkedin Profile, start reading SCN daily as well as everything you can get your hands on regarding SAP HCM.

      Blogs for students still in school or who have just graduated.

      Blogs for folks interested in Certification or just in learning SAP functionality

      Generally Applicable SAP Career Blogs

      The bottom line is there is no “easy” way break into SAP/SuccessFactors or do well once you get your first break other than hard work as what is that famous saying “Nothing in life comes easy is worth having”

      Good luck

      Jarret

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      1. Chad Palmer Post author

        Jarett, Thanks for the Educational material and support, I respect your Knowledge on this subject and your energy conveying it, I do agree that hard work is required for entry and sustanability in this industry, I’ll do my best to remain humble and student like.

        Thanks again. 🙂

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    2. Luke Marson

      Hi Hans,

      Thanks for the shout out – I appreciate it a lot.

      Hi Chad,

      You have a really tough job on your hands and you need to be patient because opportunities don’t come and thick and fast for experienced consultants and hard work can take a long time to bear fruition. And many SAP HCM consultants are finding it difficult to make the transition, although this is largely down to the scarce number of projects available right now.

      I always recommend working for a customer of either SAP HCM or SuccessFactors to get practical experience from a customer perspective. This will give you the edge over non-consultants, as consultants will usually trump you in job applications. Even certification will not help and SuccessFactors only provide training to their partners right now. This could change in the future.

      I wish you luck.

      Best regards,

      Luke

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      1. Chad Palmer Post author

        Thanks Luke,

        I appreciate the advise, I will be patient and diligent on this quest, I am amazed at the amount of talent and character SAP has on its team, you guys are smart, at some point it would be honorable to work with some of you. 😀

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          1. Chad Palmer Post author

            Whoops, sorry for assumtion, I’ll do more research. SO true, I enjoy reading the links you folks post on twitter as well, tons of reading, good updated stuff. 🙂

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    3. Chad Palmer Post author

      Hello Hans,

      I recently submitted my info. to Jobs2web/SF, I am so new to this space that it seems more like an adventure than a Job Hunt, I just need that chance with people who will work with me, I catch on quickly.

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  2. Chad Palmer Post author

    Awesome! Thanks so much for the feedback, I will start reading the suggested material with good intent, and focus. It is an uplifting feeling knowing that there are good instructors in this space.

    Thanks again.

    Chad

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  3. Jelena Perfiljeva

    Chad, best of luck with the job search! The best advice I can share is – remember that job hunt is very much about selling yourself. Take a cue from the TV ads. Giving the facts about the product (“this cars has X horse power”) is one, but create an image (“all the neighbors will be jealous of your ride!”) and you’re in business. 🙂

    Best wishes!

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    1. Chad Palmer Post author

      Hi Jelena, I am taking your advise and offering a multitude of features to my employment, like back up Electrician features, and Entry level pay, I seem to be able to stir up lots of ideas, I just need to learn when to illustrate them, Thanks again.

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  4. Chad Palmer Post author

    I’m so thankful for the advice, I will be continuing with these study’s, and trying to find my place in the industry.

    Meanwhile it makes me feel good to know that the Internet of things will continue to improve, integrate Easier and be a global concern.

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  5. Latunde Laniyan

    Nice post and have personally learnt from it,  I wish chad success in his change of career line and I believe he’ll give a shout out here when he lands that offer.lol. Anyway I believe we SAP HCM freshers have out jobs cutted out for us in ensuring we break into this career space.

    I must also commend Jarret & Luke marson for the great job they are doing in enlightening people on there SAP HCM & successfactors challenges and issues. More grease to your elbow.

    Best Regards!

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    1. Chad Palmer Post author

      Hello Latunde,

      It makes me feel good to know that my situations can be informational, I have found SAP and mentors to be very willing to allow us to learn as much as possible about subjects of interest, My career in construction has been difficult on the body, I could use a career that is difficult on the brain.

      Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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