Salesforce has time and again proven to a hot product. Through learning its potential, more and more businesses are considering this great option to make their work easier in customer relationship management. As a result, the number of Salesforce administrators keeps on increasing. There are more developers, consultants and administrators than ever before, and the number keeps on increasing. However, getting a career as a Salesforce developer does take time.
In need for Salesforce services, companies focus more on developers with considerable experience and proven knowledge of the platform as well as hands-on experience. These are some of the things that make it harder for newbies to get started fast. Even so, there are a couple of things you can do to jumpstart your career.
Set up a free admin playground account
The first step in starting a career in Salesforce is learning more about the platform. To do this, you need to create a #AwesomeAdmin edition account. It is free. This account will give you access to the features and functionalities of Salesforce. This enables you to play around with the new features and gain experience with this application. This account allows you to:
- Install AppExchange packages and test them.
- Build your own unique features and functionalities such as custom objects, workflow rules and fields.
- Create as well as execute APEX codes which include Visualforce.
- Gain access to the Salesforce Success Community where you will get unlimited resources provided by both Salesforce and the Salesforce community.
The free Admin account is basically the portal to learning about Salesforcegit and other features and functionalities. Setting up is easy and you cane experiment as much as you want. Some of the best resources you can use while experimenting on your Salesforce account include the following:
- Salesforce Trailhead
- Force.com Platform Fundamentals
- Zero to Hero
- Salesforce Cheat Sheets
- Salesforce’s YouTube channel
Be part of a user group and network
When learning more about Salesforce, networking is your best friend. This will help you learn from other experienced members and also get tips on how to make your career grow faster. Across the globe, there are more than 200 user groups. This means there is a good chance you will find local user groups.
All these groups are run by communities and for the community. If you have any question, ask it here. You will have a better way of learning more about the features on the platform, understand how customers use Salesforce and also meet local talent. You will also be able to find answers to questions and find jobs.
Leverage on social networks
When starting a career as a Salesforce developer, you have to leverage on social networks. Most Salesforce users prefer Twitter over other networks. Here, you will find Salesforce users sharing great information on virtually any topic. Do not be afraid to contribute.
The above-mentioned points are meant to help you master the knowledge you need to jumpstart your career. In addition to the above highlights, you have to start with volunteer work. This will help build your portfolio. All in all, you must never stop learning. Salesforce is always evolving.