Ladies and gentlemen, Dreamforce is here. *Badass music begins*
Now if you’re smart, you’re spending this weekend planning out how to maximize your #DF17 swag. And if an SFDC99 t-shirt is on your wish list, well, here’s how you can get one!
Step 1: Find me!
If you see me running around, you have my permission to stop me, say hi, and beg me for a t-shirt!
Or, you can find me at one of my sessions:
Crossing the Chasm From Beginner to Expert
Frontier Theatre, Moscone West, 1st Floor
Wednesday, November 8th @ 9AM
Step 2: Tell me your favorite quote!
The secret code is… your favorite quote!
Yep that’s all you gotta do to secure your very own limited edition SFDC99 t-shirt!!
A final, special note
We had a special Dreamforce miracle this year =) There’s going to more t-shirts to give out!
So that’s it folks. Whether I see you or not this Dreamforce, I wish you the best in your swag (and learning) adventures! Onward!
Preface: this post is part of the Salesforce Careers series.
Let’s pretend you passed a bunch of Salesforce certifications and you’re itching to find a new job!
What kind of company should you join? A consulting firm? A small company? A large company? You probably have goals in mind, but you don’t know which type of company would help the most.
Good news! I’ve worked with all types of companies in the Salesforce industry and I’m here to share with you which type of company is best for your specific need.
Small / Startup Companies
In the Salesforce world, a small company is an org with 500 Salesforce users or less.
Smaller orgs / companies are my personal favorite!
If you want Salesforce to be your playground to tinker and experiment with things, then this type of company is for you! I especially recommend smaller companies to new graduates or people new to the industry. You’ll learn a ton without having to sell your soul (see: consulting).
In the Salesforce world, a large company is an org with 2,000 Salesforce users or more.
Working in-house at a large org / company is best for those who want a stable, predictable job. You’ll work reasonable hours and won’t have to veer too far from your core job responsibilities.
It might not be as exciting as working in a smaller org, but, you’ll learn things that smaller orgs never encounter – like architecture concepts, Apex frameworks, and general Salesforce best practices.
I generally think larger orgs are better for people in their mid to late careers. You’ll have less pressure to drink from the firehose and you’ll be in the best position to use the various skills you’ve learned throughout your career.
The Accentures, Deloittes, and Appirios of the world.
I sometimes think there are two personalities: those who are consultants, and those who aren’t.
Consulting is not for everyone, including me. The long hours, the constant face you have to put on, and the lack of a true family / home lead me to joke about having to sell your soul to go this route.
On the flip side, you absolutely have the most learning opportunities as a consultant. If your goal is to become a Certified Technical Architect, you pretty much have no choice but to go this route too.
Don’t forget, there can be mixing and matching of traits. For example, a small consulting company could be a mix of both types. There are also exceptions, for example, I wouldn’t consider Google to behave like the typical big company. Ask a friend or check Glassdoor first to be safe!
Hope you enjoyed this post!
The best week of the year is here, it’s time for Dreamforce 2017!
I’m so excited that I’m almost scared =) What life changing surprises are in store for us this year?!
Aside from getting free stuff, my favorite part about Dreamforce is meeting new people, hearing their stories, and learning new things. That’s why this year I have a special session planned:
There are no slides in this session! No registration, and there’ll be no fancy marketing spiel either.
It’ll be me, sitting in a circle alongside (hopefully) all of you, having a heart to heart conversation where I will answer literally anything you want to ask. Want to talk about careers? Certifications? How to stay motivated? Money? SWAG?!! Nothing is off limits and I’ll give you my best honest answers!
Session: Ask Me Anything: I created SFDC99 and got a job at Google!
When: Tuesday, November 7th @ 4:30PM
Where: Community Cove, Trailhead Zone, Moscone West 1st Floor
No registration required!
Oh ya, I’ll also be giving out free SFDC99 t-shirts to anyone who asks a good question. Or maybe I’ll just give one to everyone! Well, you’ve have to stop by to see =)
This is my last batch of shirts, so after this the design will be retired and I’ll have to convince the wife again to let me spend a few hundred bucks to pass out shirts to people I’ve never met before. HA!
This session is part of Salesforce’s Community Cove Campfire initiative. Learn more about it and check out other Campfire chats at #DF17 with other Salesforce community leaders!
See ya at Dreamforce!
Preface: this post is part of the Salesforce Careers series.
Thinking about building your career on Salesforce?
Heard good things about the industry, but not sure if it’s still a good time to switch?
Are you an experienced professional coming from another industry like SAP, .NET, Siebel, etc?
…well I know you’re out there and this post is for you!
As someone who has…
…I must say that Salesforce is the hottest industry you or I will experience in our lifetime. Period!
You really have to be crazy not to go all in here. I consider myself lucky to have lucked into Salesforce, and, now that you’re reading this post, consider yourself lucky too!
Here’s why switching to Salesforce is the best career move you’ll ever make:
1. There are a TON of job openings. More jobs than professionals!
Salesforce developers get multiple recruiters reaching out to them every single day.
If you don’t believe me, try changing your job title to “Salesforce Developer” on LinkedIn, add the Platform Developer I/II certification to your profile, and join a few Salesforce developer groups on LinkedIn. Sit back, and watch the flood of recruiters attempt to court you. Glorious!
The supply and demand curves are so broken here that even great companies like Google have a difficult time finding Salesforce developers to hire.
Join the Salesforce world, learn to code, and never have to worry about finding a job again.
2. Salesforce professionals make way too much money!
The average Salesforce developer makes a $130,000 per year base salary.
Hourly and remote wages range from $80 – $150 per hour.
And, like I mentioned earlier, there are a ton of companies begging to hire you!
I personally know Salesforce developers making over $400k per year. Yup, you can make CEO level salaries from coding in Salesforce!
3. There is a clear and simple learning path towards getting a job
Find me a sexy, up and coming job industry and I guarantee at least one of these are true:
Now the Salesforce world is the exact opposite of this:
If you’re looking for a good place to start, check out these tutorial pages:
4. Skills from other industries are welcome!
The Salesforce world is huge. You end up working closely with teams in sales, marketing, support, engineering, product, legal, executives, etc etc.
No matter where your experience lies, there’s something in your background that’ll help you excel in the Salesforce world. No one has more of a right to Salesforce than anyone else. It’s not like there’s a Salesforce major in college that exists!
Yup, even people with crazy backgrounds such as bartenders, violinists, historians, and cashiers will find success in the Salesforce world.
And if you don’t believe me, check out the Success Stories page to read 40+ inspiring stories of people finding unexpected success in the Salesforce world. Who knows, maybe your story will be on that page one day!
5. Salesforce is here to stay.
I’ve been in this industry for nearly 10 years and I still don’t know who’s in second place.
No other company has come even close to threatening Salesforce in the CRM game of thrones. I don’t expect this to change for at least 5 years either. And I’m only using 5 years as a time frame because predicting anything further than that is impossible.
Let’s say for the sake of argument that in 5 years another company comes around and makes a better CRM product. Well, as someone who implements Salesforce for many different companies and teams, I can say with certainty it’d be nearly impossible to convince teams to switch CRMs. Salesforce is just so engrained into a company’s day to day operations.
And well, should Salesforce ever fall into second place, who other than you would be best positioned to learn the next great CRM product?
Long story short, Salesforce is one of the most lucrative yet safest industries to switch to.
If you’re on the fence, stop waiting around and start taking the next steps towards making the best decision of your life. Learn Salesforce. And don’t forget to thank me later for it.
You really have to be crazy to choose anything else.
David’s note: I get the feeling you have no idea how special and impressive of a person you are, A. Humble too =) To everyone reading – you can follow in A’s footsteps by 1) never giving up, even through constant failure and 2) getting certified! CONGRATS!
I don’t know if you remember me…
About a year and a half ago I was reading your site and saw you had some scholarships to offer for the Apex Academy. I had wrote and asked if we could make a trade and offered to help any of your readers who needed it to spruce up their resume in exchange for a scholarship.
At the time I was brand new to Salesforce development. So brand new that my first attempt at creating a custom controller for a Visualforce page resulted in me being somewhat embarrassed on Stack Overflow. My code would work on single records, but fail when attempting to allow multiple records to be edited and saved at once. So I posted it on Stack Overflow looking for some help. The first comment I received was a scathing criticism:
“I don’t even know how this can run at all. It’s so poorly written, you have multiple constructors, you’re not following best practices, and I don’t even know where to start to help you with this.”
I’ve learned a little bit since then, to say the least. Including the fact that there was nothing wrong with my overloaded constructors, but that’s neither here nor there really. After I finished the Apex Academy, I decided it was time to start seeking out the credentials I needed to go somewhere with the skills I was learning. First was the Admin (201). Passed it in one shot, although I was a bit surprised. A few weeks later I decided I was ready to take the Platform Dev 1. Failed. Womp womp. So I studied for a few more weeks and went back for more. I failed again. That hurt and was quite discouraging, but nevertheless I kept at it.
About this time I also started to receive some interest on the job market from people who saw my Admin cert on LinkedIn. I didn’t exactly think I was ready to make that leap, but if nothing else I figured interviews would teach me some things about what I didn’t know and give me a good indicator of where I stood.
My first interview came. It was slated to be 1 hour. Ten to fifteen minutes talking about the company, the managers background and my background. Thirty minutes or so of technical questions. Twenty minutes or so of questions regarding my personality and experience. Not too bad I thought. We got to the technical questions, and things went south in a hurry. After what seemed like an eternity, but was really less than 10 minutes, the gentleman tells me, “This is a waste of time. I don’t think there’s anything you can say at this point that would convince us to pass you to the next phase!!” It was one of the most humiliating moments of my life, and that’s no small feat as I was a pretty dorky teenager.
It took me probably about a month to get over that and get back to work, but when I did I was more determined than ever. I kept taking interviews, growing my skill set, and using everything I could as an opportunity to learn.
Over the past year I’ve interviewed for no less than a dozen and a half companies for roles ranging from Salesforce Admin to Consultant to Developer to Business Analyst. None of them were going my way. Some were better than others but the best result I could get was, “We really like you, but we feel we need somebody with more experience”. Thankfully none ever came close to flopping as bad as that first one.
During that time however, I started working on a freelance basis. My first job was $10/hr to write a couple simple triggers. It hurt my pride to realize I was making less doing that than I made working fast food in high school, but I at least had my full time job putting food on the table. After each contract though I would raise my rate a little bit figuring I had the reference and some experience to justify it. I was finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
This past May I finally had the confidence I needed to go back and take the Platform Dev 1 again. And to my utter surprise, it was… dare I say… easy. I was finished with the test in under 10 minutes. I read over all my answers 3-4 times and couldn’t find any I was comfortable changing, so I submitted my results and after the longest loading screen of my life was told I had passed and now that Salesforce shares the percentage, I knew I had not only passed it but done extremely well. And that’s when everything changed…
Once I posted that certification to LinkedIn and added it to my resume I have felt like America’s most wanted. My phone and my inbox have been blowing up for weeks with people wanting to interview me. Where as before I’d have to apply to 12-15 jobs to get an interview or two, there have been so many coming my way that I’ve had to turn them down because I don’t have the time available to take them all. They haven’t all gone well, but it doesn’t matter because earlier this week I was offered multiple jobs. I haven’t decided which I’m going to take yet, but whatever decision I make I’m going to see a massive pay increase and have the opportunity to work remotely.
My life will be forever changed because of this journey. I’m going to have more time for my kids, more money to do stuff with them, a job that challenges me mentally, that let’s me flex my creativity and satisfies my logical, problem solving side. So thank you David, for your generosity in allowing me the scholarship that helped me overcome the struggle of learning something new. Before your course a lot of the things I would read and watch seemed to be speaking martian, but afterward, even though it still seemed foreign at times, I had the tools necessary to decipher it and figure out what I was looking at and hearing.
Your work in this community is incredible and I will never forget what you’ve done for me, personally. Without your help and you sharing the stories of other people who have struggled on their way as well, I’m not sure I could’ve overcome everything I did to get here. If there’s ever anything I can do to help you or your followers, I would be more than honored to lend my time.
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I’ll never forget the advice someone once told me early on in my career:
That was news to me. I was never a smart dude. But what he said next really blew my mind:
Whoah. That one forever left an imprint on my soul.
I remember this literally every time I am defeated. It’s my secret sauce for success, I believe it 100%.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say you’re applying for jobs and you get rejected ten times in a row. At this point, no one would blame you if you put your head down and started feeling sorry for yourself. Most normal people would.
But remember, you’re in control of your attitude. That means keeping your head high and not giving up. It means your failures weren’t failures – they were lessons. It means you must have the humility to accept the things you cannot change (your past failures), and the courage to change the things you can (your next attempt).
Think about this the next time you fail. Whether it’s a failed certification, a job, or a project. You’ll be surprised how a small change in thinking can have a big effect on your life.
I’m going through a few of these failures myself. But don’t feel sorry for me – I’m learning!
Wooohoooooo!! Did you go to India Dreamin’, the largest Salesforce community conference EVER?
Well I traveled 16 hours on an airplane to go there and it was worth every minute!
This event will always hold a special place in my heart. There is something about the Indian Salesforce community that you won’t find anywhere else. Here are my highlights:
HIGHLIGHT: India is HUNGRY to learn Salesforce!
This was one of the biggest shocks for me. Everyone in India had a HUGE desire to learn Salesforce!
There were over 1,500 attendees. Students, freshers, professionals, and yes even young children too!
— Paarth Jolly (@JollyPaarth) September 30, 2017
People really appreciated the opportunity to learn and considered it a privilege. Sometimes, I (and many other Americans) can take learning for granted and get complacent.
Hundreds of students and volunteers, in fact, the entire GL Bajaj faculty and student population, helped organize the event. Many of them literally didn’t sleep for days to make sure the event was a success. Their hard work paid off – everything went smoothly so we could focus on the learning!
India, you inspired me to #AlwaysBeLearning! I will always remember this.
— Naval Sharma (@SalesforceNaval) September 30, 2017
HIGHLIGHT: Indian hospitality is legendary!
HUGE shoutout to the entire India Dreamin’ staff, volunteers, and sponsors for really making us feel like royalty in India. I know I speak on behalf of all the international guests!
I am going to miss having a full-time driver, a personal escort everywhere, and people constantly making sure I am hydrated and fed. Everyone really wanted to make sure we enjoyed India!
And we sure did! Back to reality now in the states =)
LEARNING: USA prices are too high!
After converting INR to USD, prices for Salesforce resources are insane. I’m talking about things like certifications and even the Apex Academy. I spent three hours talking to a local in my car about this.
I assumed that companies charged lower prices to different countries based on their currency. This turns out to NOT be the case. A $200 certification (the cheapest cert possible) is still $200 in India.
After the conversion, the price ends up being a big part of someone’s salary:
As it turns out, the same is true for the Apex Academy prices. I wanted to create this so it was as accessible as possible to everyone, but, I now realize that is not the case. In fact, very few people in India had taken the Apex Academy, despite a good amount of people who used SFDC99. Poop!
I don’t have a solution to this yet, but I am brainstorming. I can’t control the price unfortunately!
HIGHLIGHT: Indians are incredible dancers!
Jeez, you all sure are talented when it comes to song and dance!
We were treated to a special cultural song and dance performance to end the event, and my were those performers talented!
And at the epic after party, I learned it wasn’t just the performers who are talented – it was everyone in India! In case you’re wondering, I drank plenty of alcohol and had a blast dancing with you all too. Thank goodness I have not seen a video on Twitter of this =)
— Surbhi Narula (@NarulaSurbhi) October 1, 2017
…my wife would laugh out loud if she read that!
LOWLIGHT: I ran out of SFDC99 t-shirts!
I stuffed my check-in baggage with t-shirts but still ran out!
If you were one of the lucky ones, CONGRATS! If not, well, I’ll be giving out the rest of my stash at Dreamforce. Hope to see you there too!
The good news? I have a plan to get a ton more shirts. And if you know a way to print a bunch of cheap t-shirts in India (but still comfy to wear), contact me!
— Naval Sharma (@SalesforceNaval) September 30, 2017
— Dheeraj Verma (@Dheeraj_Vrma) October 2, 2017
Fun fact: I buy each t-shirt I give out for $15. I like to buy more expensive shirts because they are more comfortable. Golden rule: give unto others what you would have them give unto you!
So how can you get your hands on an SFDC99 t-shirt in India? Well…
HIGHLIGHT: See you at India Dreamin’ 2018!
This event was so good that I’m definitely going next year. Yup, it’s pretty much a done deal.
India is a dream and I hope to visit there many times in my lifetime. Plus, I miss you all dearly!
And this time, I’m going to buy a TON more shirts to give out!
I LOVE YOU INDIA!! THANK YOU, I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
— Vipul Goel ☁ (@vipulgoel19) October 1, 2017
— Karuna _tayal (@tayal_karuna) October 1, 2017
— Amit Singh (@iamamitji) October 1, 2017
— moNika Pandey (@monika_sfdc) October 1, 2017
— Deepali Gokhru (@DeepaliGokhru) September 30, 2017
— kirti varshney (@kirtivarshney) September 30, 2017
— SUCHARITA (@sucharita222) September 30, 2017
— Vishnu J Menon (@vishnu_j_menon) September 30, 2017
— Paarth Jolly (@JollyPaarth) September 30, 2017
— Biprajit Sharma (@JitBiprajit) September 30, 2017
— Lav Singh (@LavSingh30Dec) September 30, 2017
— Jayesh Tejwani (@jayeshtej) September 30, 2017
— Stephanie Herrera (@steph_herrera_) September 30, 2017
— Mary Joyce Joseph (@mjoycejo) September 30, 2017
— Maurya (@MauryaSF46) September 30, 2017
— Mehraj (@Reincarnated_MS) September 29, 2017
— Nikhil Chowdhury (@nikhil_trekker) September 30, 2017
See you there next year!
Here it is if you missed it!
Salesforce Career Path Strategies
Which Salesforce career path is right for you? In this webinar, we evaluate the pros and cons of the core Salesforce career paths: admin, developer, and architect. Every aspect is examined including pay, short and long term job prospects, end games, and more. Then, we’ll give you the best resources for starting down your chosen path!
Drum roll please… !
By popular vote, the official session I will be teaching is…
How to get a job at Google (and other top tech companies)!
I believe that you can earn your dream job. Yes, you! Sometimes, all you need is a little advice. Join David Liu, member of Google’s hiring committee and author of SFDC99, as he gives you his top 10 tips towards landing that dream job which will change your life forever! Maybe you’ll be working together with David at Google one day!
And now the winner of the more important contest…
Congratulations Raya Banerjee on winning a free t-shirt!!
(I’ll email you separately to arrange your prize don’t worry Raya!)
Thank you to everyone who participated! I’m actually going to be doing multiple sessions, so don’t worry if your top choice wasn’t picked. More details on this coming soon!
See you in India and don’t forget to pre-register!
We’re just a month away from India Dreamin, the major Salesforce event in Noida!
I’ll be there, traveling to India for the very first time, and I hope to see you there too!
…and I’m bringing free t-shirts for you too!!
What do you want me to present on? I let you choose!
Everyone who votes will be added to the raffle for a FREE SFDC99 T-SHIRT!
Vote or suggest your own topic in the comments section!
*Must attend India Dreamin to claim!
Register for India Dreamin today – can’t wait to see you there!
Thank you and as always, email me at email@example.com if you have any questions!