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In years past, Jon Reed wrote a number of classic articles on how to navigate your SAP career - everything from how to write a good SAP resume to how to ace an SAP interview, from how to break into the field to how to succeed as an independent SAP consultant.

Many of these articles have vanished from the Internet, but at, we're bringing the best ones back! Each one will have a new introduction from Jon, and eventually, we'll bring the most popular ones completely up to date. We hope you enjoy these reclaimed "SAP Career Classics" - only available at

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SAP Certification Five - Guide to Our SAP Certification Activities Print E-mail

There's one thing about the Certification Five you can count on - we're going to generate a lot of content about our dialogue with SAP on certification, and we're going to share it with you! Here is a resource page, still in progress, that documents what we have been up to. 

I'm just about to present with Leonardo De Auraujo at SAP Inside Track Newtown Square - in advance I wanted to post these resource links to refer to during our presentation. 

Key Materials

Our much-discussed SAP Certification Five White Paper (PDF)
Our SCN blog which announces the paper and recommends specific action items (with tons of community comments)
My own blog post which provides a context for SAP Certification Five activities
Dennis Howlett's entertaining narrative of our memorable SAPPHIRENOW meetup with Bill McDermott

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Announcing SAP Career Outlook 2010: A Two Part White Paper for the Career Center on SCN Print E-mail

SAP Career Outlook 2010: The Intersection of Talent and Community
By Jon Reed of
Exclusive to the Career Center, Part of SAP Community Network

JonERP_TechEd.jpgJon Reed notes:  In the spring of 2010, I was involved in a major collaboration with the Career Center on SAP Community Network. I'm now happy to announce the official release of my two part white paper series on SAP career and skills trends in 2010. 

You can now download or view the PDF versions of both articles. I did my utmost to make these papers fun to read, practical, and true to the challenges SAP professionals face heading into 2010.

Part One: Creating a Winning SAP Skills Strategy for 2010 (PDF - 54KB)

Part Two: Beyond the Social Networking Hype: Achieving SAP Career Visibility (PDF - 64KB)

I hope you enjoy these papers - together they represent my most significant piece of writing on SAP skills trends since my original SAP Consultant Handbook. I'll look forward to your feedback, which can be incorporated into follow up blogs, podcasts, and videos.

At the time of publication, there was a big announcement pertaining to the Career Center on SCN: the Career Center is now free of charge to all applicants and employers worldwide.

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How to Write an Effective SAP Resume Print E-mail
How to Write an Effective SAP Resume:
Revisiting an SAP Career Classic

Jon Reed's new introduction, 2008: I wrote this important piece on writing an effective SAP resume years ago, and it has disappeared from the web. We are now publishing it as it was originally written. Over time, I hope to update it further, but there is plenty of useful info in this version that you can put to use right away.

The Art of the SAP Interview Print E-mail
The Art of the SAP Interview:
Revisiting an SAP Career Classic

Jon Reed's new introduction, 2008: In the mid-‘90s, one of the first pieces I wrote about SAP was a much-read article called "The Art of SAP Interviewing." Eventually Michael Doane and I incorporated this into our SAP Consultant Handbook. In this article you're about to read, I have brought together some of the best aspects of the original book version and the original web version.

Nailing Your SAP Phone Interview Print E-mail
Nailing Your SAP Phone Interview:
Revisiting an SAP Career Classic

Jon Reed's new introduction, 2008:  In the mid-‘90s, we used to get a lot of questions about handling SAP phone screens. I put together a web guide that went out of print, and then Michael Doane and I published part of it in our SAP Consultant Handbook. In this article you're about to read, I have brought together some of the best aspects of the original book version and the original web version.


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