Show Your Work
Do you want to start or advance your career in the Salesforce ecosystem?
Are you certified, but still finding it hard to get your foot in the door?
The answer may be to “Show Your Work“.
We heard it when we were kids in school. “Show your work”.
It was a way for the teacher to see your thought process. A way for them to determine if you knew the material, not just the answers.
The same is true in your career aspirations as well. A welder might do well to create some projects to show the potential employer how well they weld steel.
Someone who is learning how to code is encouraged to create a portfolio of websites, and other projects to show as part of their resume.
The same can be said about your path to becoming a Salesforce professional, as you want to share pieces of your work (either in a real-world setting, or part of your learning process).
Trailhead has done an amazing job in creating learning paths, badges, and super-badges that allow you to show off the skills you have obtained, but it may not be enough to land your first or next Salesforce position.
What are some things you can do to show potential employers, that you have the skills to do the job?
- Start a Salesforce Blog: Blogs can be a great way for you to share your passion and knowledge of Salesforce. Start out by sharing your learning experiences, your reasons for changing or starting a career and things you have learned along the way. You don’t have to be an expert. The key to mastery is to learn and share your knowledge with others. Even if you are just a little bit further down the road on your journey then those who are following your blog, you still have something to share that others can learn from.
- Start or participate in podcasts: Podcasts are a great way to learn, as you can listen passively without having to stop what you are doing to listen. There are many great Salesforce podcasts that you can learn from. Content creators are always looking for new topics. Reach out to the host and share your story. Who knows, you may be asked to be on their next episode.
- Work for a non-profit as a Salesforce Admin: Non-Profits are often looking for skilled people to volunteer their time and help with their Salesforce orgs. Call around and see if you can volunteer your time. This will give you some great experience, but also “real-world” experiences, you can put on your resume.
- Take questions from the Salesforce Community, and make Youtube videos on how you would fix the issue: One thing that I’m going to start is a feature on my blog called “Ask the Admin”. I’m going to research the Salesforce help community and other forums for questions that come up within the community. I will then research the answers and make a screengrab video of me solving the problem. Once posted on your blog, Youtube, or Linkedin, this will provide a great way for potential employers to see that you can solve everyday Salesforce issues.
In addition to these items, check out a list of reasons you should show your work from my friend Chris Hopper. Chris is one of the most successful CRM, and Tech recruiters in the world. He knows his stuff.
I know that by doing a few or all of these items, you will stand out from the crowd and advance your Salesforce career.