As one of the most popular ERP systems (particularly in the UK and Europe)), the number of IFS implementations is growing. With that comes increasing rewards for training on the system – there are plenty of opportunities for both contract and permanent roles. However, competition remains strong. If you’ve been wondering how to get IFS jobs and beat out your competition, there are a few things you need to think about.
What IFS Jobs are Available?
As you’ll already know, IFS jobs are usually filled by specialists – but your specialism may change as your career advances, especially in contract roles. IFS managers were usually once IFS ERP consultants– either a technical consultant, a functional consultant, or a hybrid role. In turn, technical consultants may have got their start as developers.
So you shouldn’t just be looking at what jobs are available but also asking yourself how you’ll benefit from this role long-term. Have you already taken developer contracts often enough that you could look at consultancy roles? Do you have a broad enough knowledgebase to function as a manager? Can you prove that to an interviewer?
The hardest part of this path is often deciding when to make the transition between one role and another; it can be difficult to judge for yourself when interviewers will assess your CV as worthy of the next stage. On the other hand, if you don’t apply at the next level, you’re unlikely to be considered for it.
Permanent roles also follow a specific career path, but they tend to be a little more forgiving in the transitions. You can still benefit from an outside perspective! It’s just less important than it otherwise might be.
Making the Most of the Interview
As with most career paths, the hardest part isn’t getting to interview; it’s getting everything right in the interview.
We don’t mean the answers to technical questions (although those are important) because if you’re applying for these jobs, you probably have the training and experience to handle them so long as you keep your head.
No, the big issue is presenting yourself as someone they want to have on board. You have to match your presentation to the company culture (and, ideally, this should be fairly natural – you’ll be working there if you get the job; it would be a shame if you didn’t like the place and the people.)
Working out in advance what the company culture looks like can be difficult on your own; there’s usually some indication on the website but it’s often more aspirational than accurate. What’s needed is a sense of the company, one that can only come from experience of the culture itself.
To get IFS jobs at a given company, it’s really important to know more than you can find out alone. If you have friends there, that can help; otherwise, you need a specialise recruiter who has the contacts and the prior experience working with them.
Before your interview, a specialist like this can prime you with everything you need to know about the culture, the interviewer, and sometimes even the expected questions. They’ll have been talking with the hiring team and may have placed other candidates there before. The information they have can help you succeed.
Our IFS team is looking forward to hearing from you. We’ll pre-qualify you, create one of our Talent Packs for you, and do everything we can to give you an edge over the other candidates. Contact us today to get started.