I spent a bunch of money on gear to make myself look nicer on a webcam.
I’m not sure if it was worth it (you be the judge – IMO NO!), however, I do think it’s worth investing at least a little bit into your virtual meeting setup for the sake of your personal brand.
This is especially true if you’re interviewing for jobs, trying to get that next promotion, you’re a higher level employee, or you just want to look professional among your peers.
A small investment could go a long way, specially if remote work is indeed the future of work.
While we’re on the topic of personal branding, check out some of my previous talks here:
Thanks for checking out the video!
P.S. yes I’m back after a holiday break with family + video games + snowboarding!
David’s note: This one’s for all the certification skeptics out there, you know who you are! Very proud of you Mamatha for being open minded and investing in yourself! Can’t wait to send you a free t-shirt LOL!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday! :)
First of all, I wanted to THANK YOU for creating the SFDC99 community, you are amazing David!
Here’s my story on how I got 5 certs in 3 weeks! Due of COVID, I couldn’t visit my family for holidays this year so I decided that I would use this time to challenge myself and get 4 certs in 2 weeks.
I have been working in Salesforce industry since 5 years but never took any certifications because I honestly didn’t believe in them. For me, hands-on experience added more value than getting certifications. I know there are a lot of people out there who value hands on experience more! Believe me, I totally understand you!
So what changed?
I asked one question to every Salesforce professional I ever met and that was – Do you believe in hands-on experience or Salesforce certifications? Most of them said they valued experience but certs was the only way they could gauge if an individual has required knowledge. After watching your videos on YouTube recently about certifications, I decided that – I never want to miss an opportunity just because I didn’t have certifications!
In Nov 2020, I challenged myself to get 4 certs in 2 weeks and started my journey on Nov 23. I am working full time so I did pull a few night outer’s on this journey. Honestly, It was a lot of fun and it felt like I was playing a game and before I knew it, I was 4x certified so I wanted to keep the momentum going and got the 5th cert the next week.
I am happy to say that after 3 weeks I am 5X certified and definitely more confident than I was before! Here are some tips for anyone who is starting their journey:
Happy New Year! Here’s to getting more certs in 2021! :)
I wanted to get Application Architect in 30 days by completing Platform Dev 1 cert but I failed. That was the first cert I failed so far so decided to take more time to prepare. I reached for the moon, missed and landed among the stars with 5 certs! :)
I was very hard on myself for failing but I am still proud of my journey!
Inspired by this story?
Read more success stories from other SFDC99 students!
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I’m back from Christmas break and it’s time to be a productive member of society again!
Not a woman? That’s fine, it’s virtual. Turn off your camera and no one will know. I’m pretty sure I’m not a woman myself either. And I know they appreciate allies too!
And if you’re shy like me, you can submit your question online. The organizers really did a great job!
RSVP here and I’ll see you next week!
I’ve known the founders, Jessica Murphy and Rachel Watson since 2015 when they attended one of my coding classes in Phoenix. They’ve since become great developers, mentors, and community leaders and are giving it back 100 fold through this user group. If you’re a woman and you have any interest at all in coding in Salesforce, you gotta join WITDEVS.
My Apex Academy is free this weekend!
When: Friday November 20, 2020 @ 8AM Pacific Time – Sunday November 22, 2020 @ 11PM
If I haven’t scared you away by the end of the free weekend, consider subscribing and following my 15 week development curriculum. By the end of that you’ll be able to write strong production ready code and begin preparing for the Platform Developer I certification.
Enjoy free happy times!
I’ve been telling people to learn to code since 2013.
Learning to code in Salesforce changed my life. It unlocked so much opportunity for me and it’s the best thing to ever happen in my career. I’m grateful to all my mentors who helped me in this journey.
But choosing the coding path is not for everyone. As much as I’d love EVERYONE to learn to code and start making $150,000+ a year, the reality is most people won’t finish the journey.
To help you understand what you’re getting yourself into if you’re considering this path, here are all the negatives of learning to code in Salesforce, including:
And well, if you still want to learn to code after hearing all this… maybe you do have what it takes to see this journey through. I hope learning to code changes your life like it has changed mine.
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Which Salesforce career path is right for you?
I made a 23 question personality quiz based on my experiences working directly as or with all the main Salesforce career paths. Learn which path is the best match for your personality and what type of jobs you should be looking for.
Then, stick around for my analysis of the seven possible Salesforce career paths including administrator, developer, and technical architect. If you’ve taken the previous version of this quiz, it’s worth another pass as this test is longer, more accurate, and more granular with the results.
Hope you enjoy!
There’s an odd trend that has been going on the past few years.
There are fewer and fewer Salesforce administrator jobs in the market. While demand for Salesforce is at all-time high, Lightning has changed how companies use Salesforce. Instead of hiring admins, companies are hiring other Salesforce professionals instead.
If I look at companies around me, they’re hiring 10 – 20 Salesforce developers for each admin position. This just wasn’t the case five years ago.
In this video:
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…and how I overcame them:
Hope you enjoy this honest look at the biggest demons of my past.
Alright this one’s not about Salesforce but it’s an interesting story.
Plus, I talk about how I prepared for a Salesforce developer interview at the hardest company in the world to get a job offer at. Yes even more difficult than Google!
Hope you enjoy!