Salesforce is the global leader in CRM software, so if your skill set includes Salesforce, you’ll be sought after. In fact, demand for Salesforce talent grew 364% YoY last year. It’s not surprising that you’ve chosen this as a career. It’s lucrative, offers flexibility (you’re working with cloud-based technology, so remote working should always be on the table), and Salesforce facilitates self-starters.
So, are you trying to find your first, or next, Salesforce role? The best place to start is by using a Specialist Recruitment Consultant – that’s your bonus tip! Focus on Salesforce is 100% dedicated to recruitment for Salesforce professionals, which is the kind of niche skill set you’ll need in a Recruitment Consultant. Having someone in your corner who knows the market and ecosystem inside and out is essential. Here are the best tips for finding a Salesforce role in 2024:
Join the community
If you’re not taking advantage of the boundless Salesforce Community, you’re missing a trick. By joining a Salesforce Trailblazer or local Salesforce community group, you can connect with fellow Trailblazers, find support, ask questions, engage in discussions, and immerse yourself in all things Salesforce. You’ll gain a better understanding of the ecosystem and, thus, keep up to date with any opportunities coming up. Networking is key.
You can also take advantage of Salesforce events and Salesforce community conferences. You can meet Salesforce professionals, partners and gain some hands-on experience. It’s definitely worth getting involved if you’re thinking about finding a new role.
Learning and Experience
Salesforce is quite unique in that learning resources are accessible to all. If you’re looking for your first Salesforce role, heading to Trailhead should be step one. If you’re an experienced Salesforce professional, you’ll already know about the value of Trailhead, and how you can continue to hone and expand your skills. Earn some badges, points, and get yourself certified. You can even become a Ranger, and be top of the Trailblazer ranks. Although not all employers require Salesforce certifications for every Salesforce role, it will definitely help separate you from other candidates.
If you have experience in a Salesforce role, this is great. The more, the better. Although Trailhead is a great place to start, employers will be looking for more than certifications when hiring for a Salesforce role. If you haven’t got any hands-on Salesforce experience, Salesforce Ben has some great advice on how to get some practice without having a Salesforce role yet – consider volunteering, completing real-world projects, and gaining Superbadges on Trailhead.
This will complement your networking through community groups and Salesforce events. Polish off your CV and update your LinkedIn. If you haven’t started connecting with other Salesforce professionals on LinkedIn, get moving on this; there’s a whole community there. You can create interesting content and start discussions, which will also help when your prospective employer looks at your LinkedIn profile before interviewing (which they will). You need to present yourself as having a good understanding of the whole ecosystem, not just a single path on Trailhead.
It's not all about certifications. You need to promote your soft skills – ‘power skills’ would be a better phrase for them. When there’s a candidate-short market (such as there is currently), power skills become all the more important, and employers will be looking for them. Try and promote examples of when you’ve shown excellent communication, teamwork, organisation, listening and empathy. If you have a strong foundation of these, hiring managers are more likely to see that they have something to build on, and you’ll find yourself with more opportunities.
Although your Salesforce skills and experience are in demand, this doesn’t mean you don’t need to be flexible with your own requirements.
Have you considered contract positions? If you’d like to open up your job search beyond just permanent positions, contracting can be an incredibly worthwhile pursuit. Take a look at our article on Salesforce contracting here to see if it might be a viable option for you.
Fully remote might be your ideal, and Recruitment Consultants constantly advise clients that remote working needs to be part of the package, but it might not be completely realistic. If you’re joining a project, you might need to spend some of your time on site. It can also benefit you to spend some of your time face-to-face with a new team, to help you build relationships and immerse yourself in company culture. If you get offered a hybrid role instead of fully remote, consider how being a little flexible about this might benefit you.
Are you ready to hear about exciting Salesforce opportunities? Get in touch today to speak to one of our expert Salesforce Recruitment Specialists.