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How to start your career with Salesforce?

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Apr 30 | By Dipojjal Chakrabarti | Views: 20 | Comments: 0
How to start your career with Salesforce?

Since you're here, you might already be knowing why you want to start your career with Salesforce. If not, I recommend you to first read through my article why start your career with Salesforce first before deciding to start your career with Salesforce so that you have a direction for your future and know why you're getting into Salesforce technology at the first place.

There are a lot of resources to help you out while you're just starting off with Salesforce. The first step towards getting started with a Salesforce career is to start learning about Salesforce and start practicing using your own dev org. I am listing down the most important resources you might want to start off with to gain some knowledge in Salesforce.



Salesforce has its own learning platform named Trailhead. You can go to trailhead following this link: https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/home

Now, as a starter, I suggest you to start doing some modules on Trailhead and start collecting badges. Now, once you go to Modules, set the filters as defined below:

  • Your role -> Admin
  • Your level -> beginner



Now, you should be able to find a lot of modules that you can start learning with. Collect badges by completing the modules. A decent number of badges to land you in a job would be 50. However, I suggest having a minimum of 100 badges, because when you achieve 100 badges, you become a ranger and this makes a significantly good first impression on the interviewer. You can view your profile with the number of badges by clicking on your profile picture on the top right corner.




Create your developer org!

The second step towards making a leap towards the Salesforce industry is to get some hands-on experience with real practical scenarios. I know when you're doing trailhead, you might have created your dev org. But, I'm still reminding you just in case you haven't really done any hands-on, you might not get a job unless you have some practical experience. Hence, please do not skip this step. I will definitely mark the optional steps but this one definitely isn't optional!

To signup for your own personal dev org, visit: https://developer.salesforce.com/ and click on Signup. This should open a signup page for you where you can enter your details and get access to a free Salesforce developer org to play around and practice.



Earn 3 certifications

I recommend getting at least 3 Salesforce certifications because these days having anything less than that is not enough. The 3 suggested certifications are:

  1. Salesforce Certified Administrator
  2. Salesforce Certified App Builder
  3. Salesforce Certified Platform Developer 1 (optional)

The above certifications include 2 developer certificates as well because these days getting an admin job with zero development knowledge is a bit difficult. Nowadays companies expect you to be able to do some development as well as configuration. Hence, these certifications are important.

In case you want to improve your chances of getting a job and want to increase your certification portfolio, you should go ahead with these 2 certifications:

  1. Salesforce Certified Sales Cloud Consultant
  2. Salesforce Certified Service Cloud Consultant


Build a sample app (optional)

Although optional, still I recommend you to at least try creating an app in your personal dev org in order to be ready for the interview. This not only prepares you for an interview but, also sharpens your skills and boosts your confidence.


Learn to code

I suggest you learn some programming as well because these days companies are looking for Salesforce professionals who can not only do configurations but some coding as well. The best way to learn to code is by getting practical experience by trying out various coding modules in your own personal developer org from Trailhead.


Apply for a Salesforce Admin or developer role

There are two potential roles that you can start with:

An administrator uses the "point & click" standard features to configure Salesforce to meet the requirements.



A developer uses the "point & click" features as well as code to customize Salesforce to meet the requirements.



In short, an admin doesn't do programming or coding, however, the developer is expected to use out of the box configuration as well as customization using coding.


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