New Career Center Uses Social Media to Make Finding SAP Experts and Jobs Easier

Social Media Recruitment Source Connects Customers, Partners and Professionals Seeking SAP-Related Employment and Talent

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SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) has launched a new offering to provide members of the SAP community network a convenient way to find SAP experts and job openings around the world. The career center, part of the SAP community network, uses the power of the 1.7 million plus community membership to facilitate SAP-specific job and talent searches by combining an online job board with social media tools, including an interactive forum.

Finding qualified people with the expertise to select, run, implement or manage SAP® solutions can be a challenge for SAP customers and partners of all sizes. The search for skilled resources can be a lengthy and difficult process. The new career center can help companies overcome this challenge by focusing on positions that are SAP-centric and facilitating targeted recruitment of qualified people quickly and efficiently. The career center also allows job seekers to find new opportunities and market their SAP skills to prospective employers in the collaborative environment of the SAP community network.

"The career center further highlights the SAP community network as a platform for sustainable social networking by providing SAP professionals a forum for career advice and staffing needs," said Julius Bussche, SAP mentor (SAP mentors are role models and subject-matter experts in the SAP community network). "It will help bring professionals and employers together by highlighting members' unique accomplishments and SAP credentials through contribution of content to the community network's forums, wikis, blogs and various collaboration areas."

Employers can use the career center to post jobs and view resumes that are applicable exclusively to an SAP technology or business environment. The career center offers competitive services, including 60-day job postings, volume discounts, free resume searches and half-price discounts for part-time, temporary or contract positions. Customers can use the service to quickly identify qualified people to implement, improve or run their SAP solution landscapes. Partners can find the talent needed to deliver SAP-related products and services to their customers. Community network members seeking new job opportunities can post their resumes free of charge, making them available to a large community of SAP partners, customers and independent consultants. Additionally, members who have applied to jobs on the career center have online access to SAP-related courses and certifications through the SAP community network, including virtual SAP® TechEd conference sessions and free or premium educational services from the Learning on Demand by SAP portfolio.

SAP University Alliances Community

SAP University Alliances, a global program that brings real-life SAP knowledge and skills into university classrooms around the world, has also established a community to help university students and graduates engage with SAP customers, partners and employees (see "SAP Launches Online Resource for Academic Community"). The SAP University Alliances community supports academic course and research project opportunities and enables students to enhance their backgrounds through hands-on SAP experiences. Students and graduates are now able to highlight their qualifications in their resumes, which can be posted free within the career center for job and internship opportunities.

"As a professor and a long-standing member of SAP University Alliances, I see great value in providing a comprehensive resource for SAP job seekers and employers," said Dave Haseman, Wisconsin distinguished professor from the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "I have seen the extensive knowledge my students have gained by engaging in the SAP University Alliances program and see the career center as one more measurable benefit of our university's close relationship with SAP."

The SAP community network is an active and vibrant community of customers, partners, employees and other thought leaders from around the world who share knowledge and experience on numerous SAP-related topics. It provides an open environment for experts to collaborate with each other through interactive blogs, wikis and forums, giving members access to information and trusted resources so they can truly co-innovate to solve problems and obtain fast, high-quality responses to questions. The career center is the latest addition to the community network, delivering value to customers, partners and job seekers worldwide.

"As the 'go-to' recruitment site for the SAP ecosystem, including partners and customers the career center offers another valuable social media resource to help address one of today's most important business and professional challenges--finding the right talent and job opportunities," said Mark Yolton, senior vice president, SAP Community Network, SAP AG. "Unlike other Internet job sites, the career center focuses exclusively on SAP-specific skills and enables applicants to participate and build credibility and visibility within our community network."

Throughout September 2009, the career center will allow all employers--whether they are partners, customers, consulting firms, et cetera--to post their job openings for free.
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