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The way you present your SAP skills and experience can influence prospective employers’ perception, and can put you on the “yes” list. It is important to analyze your SAP -- Systems, Applications and Products -- career so far, and not to ignore any single skill you have acquired, since any of these skills can help you get the job. The secret, however, is to use resume techniques that project your SAP strengths to your best advantage.
Highlight Your Experience
Your job experience section should start with your latest job and move in reverse chronological order. Employers are very interested in your latest project and your role and responsibilities therein. Be elaborate with your latest job, explaining the SAP skills employed and learned on the job. If your latest or current job does not involve any SAP experience, make it shorter, highlighting those skills relevant to the prospective job. Ideally, the first page of the resume should feature solid SAP experience to create that first impression on the employer. Keep details of your less recent jobs brief and list only skills relevant to the applied-for job.
Ambiguity about your previous roles and responsibilities can irritate a prospective employer. If your experience is more on the functional SAP side than on SAP programming, then mention it clearly. If your experience includes both, give accurate descriptions of the length of experience in each area. For example, if you have been in a company for five years, three focused on the functional area and two on programming, give the exact span for each domain of experience. How did your projects benefit your employers? Provide bottom-line benefits such as cost cutting or revenue improvement that the organization was able to achieve. Be sure to include any trainer positions you have held.
Include words or phrases that prospective employers are more likely to use when they search online for resumes. Keywords multiply chances of your resume's being seen by employers. So, if your experience includes working as a SAP FICO consultant, you could include FICO functional consultant, SAP FICO technical, or functional consultant FICO, depending on whether you were a technical or functional consultant.
Avoid Going Overboard
Though there are no standard limits on the number of pages for your resume, it’s better to have three or four, or a maximum five or six pages. Employers are restricted by time and reluctant to go beyond the second page. Don’t make it too short, though, as you face the risk of not being able to capture all essential details.
Hailing out of Pittsburgh, Pa., David Stewart has been writing articles since 2004, specializing in consumer-oriented pieces. He holds an associate degree in specialized technology from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute.