Sometimes we all need to broaden our skills set – these are our tips for pushing on in your SuccessFactors career. SuccessFactors consultants come in all shapes and sizes with a huge variety of backgrounds. You may well have come from HR, from recruitment or from IT. This may mean that employers may have different expectations of your skills, based on former employees. For example if your predecessor had an HR background they may expect confident people skills whereas if they came from an IT background a deeper technical knowledge of the software and developer skills would be expected. You don’t need to dilute your SuccessFactors skills but these are the supplementary skills that our clients often require.
SuccessFactors add-ons to get ahead
There are various aspects of the SuccessFactors suite that clients ask for but consultants rarely mention. ORD (Online Report Designer) comes up again and again. Make sure you are familiar with as many aspects as possible, do research on what your potential employers require and start learning. The more specialist areas you are familiar with, the more you set yourself apart from the competition.
Soft skills for your SuccessFactors career
As far as software specialists go, the SuccessFactors crew are pretty hot on soft skills but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement. Soft skills are mentioned a lot in feedback from interviews and shouldn’t be underestimated in their importance when hiring. Even if you feel that your people skills are great there are probably a few areas that could improve. How do you feel about conflict resolution, about negotiating or about project managing? Presentations strike fear into a lot of candidates but if you have done a training course or have good experience hirers will be impressed. Identify your weaknesses and search for YouTube tutorials, professional training sessions or practical guides – all the information is out there.
If you are reading this you already have the language skills for international business. Although English is spoken across the world, other languages are always looked upon favourably. Of course it depends on where you wish to work but if you are looking to learn a new language prioritise usefulness above impressive. You may feel that the challenge of learning an obscure dialect of Papua New Guinea is impressive but employers really only want to see languages that they do, or want to do, business in. Our clients usually view Spanish as a real asset, with French and German not far behind. A multi-lingual team is very sought-after and may be the difference between you getting the job or your competition.
Don’t stop learning!
Sometimes you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to learn new things or that you may be wasting time on something that may not turn out to be that relevant. Actually being able to demonstrate your willingness to learn and enthusiasm for new experiences is a very attractive quality for employers. No one wants to hire the jobs-worth bore – they want keen, bright, motivated team players. You might even enjoy it!