Preface: this post is part of The Definitive Salesforce Careers Guide series.
There are two ways to apply for jobs in the Salesforce world:
The Turtle Way
In a single mating season, an adult turtle will lay hundreds of eggs in a nest on a beach.
As the swarm of turtles hatch in unison, they instinctively rush to the sea. From this point on, each baby must fend for themselves until adulthood – they will never meet their birth mothers.
It is estimated that only one in one thousand hatchlings will survive until adulthood.
In the job application world, this is the quantity over quality method. A job seeker will apply to as many companies as possible. Even if they have only a 1% chance of getting the job, with enough applications, they’re sure to get at least one job offer.
This is the most common way people apply to jobs, and for good reason: it’s easy and doesn’t take much thought.
The Elephant Way
An adult elephant gives birth to a single calf.
For the next five years, the mother fully commits to raising and loving her one calf. She develops a strong bond with her calf and the two are affectionately in constant contact with each other.
The mother will stop at nothing to protect her calf.
In the job application world, this is the quality over quantity method. Apply to few jobs, but pour your heart and soul into each application.
As much as I love turtles, I strongly recommend the Elephant method. Why?
How do you know which method you’re using? Simple. If you’re applying to more than one job a day, you’re using the Turtle method. Using the Elephant method, each application will take at least a day to complete. Sometimes it takes weeks!
But I guarantee you it’s worth it. With focus, you can increase your chances at getting a specific job by 10X. With super focus, you can increase your chances to nearly 100%!
And everything will improve because of this. Interviewers will like you before you even meet them. Job offers will be higher because HR departments will be impressed with your application. And on your first day of your job, you’ll already have a strong reputation.
I’m sure this sounds unbelievable, which is why I’m dedicating an entire guide to help you learn it.
And don’t worry – we’ll use a few other methods to make sure you have a healthy pipeline of jobs too! More to come!