Salesforce is a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) which is likely to create 3.3 million jobs by the end of 2022. The goal is simply to reach customers, manage the data and streamline the process to make a profitable business. Though the concept is simple, there are many roles involved and getting in with no experience is a daunting task.
To be part of this ecosystem you need to have some experience and real-time work experience.
As a fresher where do we start from? Here are few useful tips to get work experience on Salesforce platform.
- Knowing major roles:
Before you get into experiences, know major roles in Salesforce industry. There are two major roles, Administrators and developers. Learn the responsibilities of these roles and try to match your skill set and expertise with these roles. If you don’t have prior experience then you can check out other roles like a consultant, business developer. Take a look at their responsibility and current job trends. For a good summary, check out this blog on if certifications are worth it: Are Salesforce Certifications worth it?
- Learning on Trailhead:
Trailhead is an online training tool started by Salesforce. It is created for all kinds of users, customers to developers and administrators. You can look at short tutorials and work on the task. Additionally, there are assignments which give a glimpse of work at real-time. Sign up and be ready to learn and implement.
- Join Trailblazers:
Salesforce has created a community for like-minded clients/users. Join the group which interests you. Communicate with them and study their success stories and hardships. It’s kind of any social networking sites. Make new connections and try to make most of it.
- Work as Freelancer:
Work as a freelancer, this gives real-time exposure and increases your confidence. Signup on freelancing site. Create your portfolio and add your skills and charges. Learn and implement solutions. This will give you an edge on the latest technical skills. Make sure to give your best to your clients.
- Work for Free:
You can work with non-profit organizations for some work experience. Register on “Help non-profit site” created by Salesforce. You can get valuable experience than any other classroom.
- Social Media:
Join “Chatter” created by Salesforce in your organization. Communicate with people working on Salesforce. Learn from them and discuss their challenges. If you do not have access to Chatter, feel free to ACTUALLY reach out to other MVPs and community leaders especially on Twitter.
- Reach out to Consultancy :
Reach to recruiting agencies that may get you some Salesforce experience.
- Get the Developer Application (It’s free!):
Get a developer edition app from Salesforce and play with it. Create a custom application for free; this might help you to show the skills of programming languages and also Salesforce platform. Many employees ask for experienced personnel and this is a great way to build and get hands-on experience.
- Get certification:
Look at the certifications available on Salesforce site. Select your niche for the certifications and give one of them. Most taken certifications are for Administrator or Developer. Try to maintain the certification every year.
For a good summary, check out this blog on if certifications are worth it: Are Salesforce Certifications worth it?
- Join Online Training Classes:
Take online training classes which possess tutorials and assignment at the end of every course. Challenge yourself to take these assignments as these are real-time examples taken from industries. Try to make note of tips and suggestions. This could be handy at the time of interviews.
- Move to Salesforce roles
If your company works on Salesforce then take the transition from non-salesforce role to salesforce role. This will be a smooth transition and will be in your comfort zone. If your company does not work on Salesforce then you are out of luck.
Companies won’t hire people who won’t show passion for their work. They need someone who would contribute e when they asked to. Show your skill set on your resume with your contribution to the Salesforce community. Your contribution shows your passion and also helps in learning during your free time. This good work will definitely benefit you in your experience and your interviews.
The above guideline will guarantee you to get your dream job in Dream Company.
There are many ways to get Salesforce experience. Join the community, follow the success trails, and work on Trailhead which will give a glimpse of the Salesforce ecosystem. Try creating free applications on APEX marketplace. Share some food for thought with the Salesforce community and be an active member of Social Networking sites of Salesforce. Meet like-minded people and to gain experience work as a freelancer or for a non-profit organization. Get certified on your skills. Getting certified will give you a guaranteed job with one of the best companies. Use Chatter in your organization and also communicate with people how are using Salesforce. Visit Salesforce site for new launches and try to maintain your certifications. Create buzz for Salesforce and enjoy every moment working on it.