From Recruiting to Becoming SAP Consultant
Since I wrote Your Essential SAP Career Guide, 3 years ago, I have answered a number of subject-related questions to different people. Recently, and during the current pandemic period, frequency of such queries have increased and I find it difficult to answer them all on a one-to-one basis. Therefore, I have thought to write separate blogs about each of the topics.
So my first one, in this series, is about Recruiters who want to pursue SAP Career.
Are you a Recruiter?
Read this blog if you are among such group and need to know
- Is the training/certification enough for the transition?
- How can you make use of your earlier experience?
Skill is the main factor for career transition
As you are already in the Recruiting profession, you understand it well how the hiring process works.
SAP isn’t an exception, when it comes to finding the match between a client’s requirements and a candidate’s qualifications.
While the Training and Certification have great value, they are not the only factors which are considered for hiring. Mainly, it’s the SKILL which is required to fulfill certain business requirements.
And as the skill can be learned and mastered through training and experience, both are asked to determine one’s skill level. However, if one can demonstrate his/her skills, during the job interview, s/he can still be hired even of having less/no experience.
External factors also impact hiring
The other factor which makes a difference is demand & supply. If a skill is required but is short in market, anyone even with a low level skill can be considered.
On the other hand, when a skill is widely available (i.e. more people are in the market), employers choose the one with more experience/higher skill level.
Making use of earlier experience
As you have experience in Recruiting and Onboarding, it’ll be good if you take SuccessFactors training which has solutions to support the two functions.
You may then aim for job at the Talent Acquisition and Development function of SAP Customer organization.
With the experience you have, and the qualification you may pursue, you could be a strong candidate for such a position.
Initially you may work as a Super User of SAP SF applications, but later gradually move on to Technical Support and/or Consulting roles.
I hope the above explanation is helpful. If you still have any (further) question(s), please let me know.
Any other suggestions?
The above was an answer I provided to one of the Recruiters who wanted to switch his career. Do you have any additional advice to him, or other Recruiters?