Preface: this post is part of the How to get a Salesforce developer job series.
So how do you get your first job as a Salesforce admin or developer if…
This is one of the most common questions in the industry because people are starting to realize how lucrative a career in Salesforce can be. But because of this, it’s harder and harder for you to stand out among the crowd.
Here’s the formula for getting your first Salesforce job…
1. Help a non-profit as a Salesforce admin or developer
This is the most important thing you can do to stand out for many reasons:
Why am I so confident in this strategy? A huge portion of people I work with got started this way!
2. Get Salesforce certified!
If you haven’t already started on this, do it now! This is the only way to definitively prove your skills on your resume and recruiters don’t want to risk wasting their time interviewing someone who says they know Salesforce, but can’t prove it.
Two certifications isn’t enough, go for three as a minimum. Everyone nowadays has Admin (ADM 201) and Developer (DEV401) certifications.
Next steps: Check out how to get five Salesforce certifications!
3. Get involved in the Salesforce community
This one is not as big as the other two, but in an industry where candidates seem indistinguishable from one another, every ingredient counts.
One of the worst fears for companies is hiring someone who has no passion for what they do. Someone who will only contribute when they’re specifically asked to, and someone who will only bother doing the bare minimum. You know what kind of person I’m talking about!
The key on your resume to showing you’re not this type of employee is to be involved in the Salesforce community. If you’re willing to contribute to a community and learn during your free time, you’re likely the type of person who is dedicated to doing good work.
These three steps are guaranteed to get your foot in the door for Salesforce interviews! Now you’ll still need to prove yourself during the actual interview, so don’t forget to study!