Whether you’re approaching graduation or have recently graduated, you’re at the stage where you need to start thinking about your first Salesforce job.
While it’s a brilliant career choice with plenty of progression opportunities, generous salary rates and the chance to enjoy exciting and innovative work, it can be tricky to know where to begin. But as one of the leading SaaS recruitment agencies in Asia Pacific, we can help.
Here you’ll find a host of tips that will assist you in finding that all-important first Salesforce job.
Reflect On Your Desired Career Pathway
Your starting point is spending some time thinking about not just where you want to begin, but where you want to end up over the course of the next one to three years.
You’re certainly not lacking choice in the Salesforce ecosystem. From Salesforce Admin or Developer to Business Analyst, Architect and more, pick an area that matches your skillset, encompasses your passions and offers plenty of potential for future growth.
You can see a selection of Graduate Salesforce jobs and Internship offerings for India and Australia at the Salesforce website. But you might also find it beneficial to speak to a specialist SaaS recruitment agency, like us here at SaaSpeople. We can help you determine which area best suits your skills and experience and increasing your chances of securing your first Salesforce job.
Develop Your Salesforce Skills
One of the hardest things to get around as a graduate is your lack of work experience. However, the Salesforce platform offers you a distinct advantage – you can skill yourself up according to your own schedule and pace.
Earning a Salesforce certification demonstrates your knowledge and practical experience working with the platform. While the process is fairly involved and culminates in taking a difficult exam (but you have plenty of recent experience there!), a successful pass is a great way to impress potential employers. It tangibly showcases you have what it takes to be a fantastic Salesforce employee.
Certifications are not the only way to prove your knowledge. You can also study to earn Superbadges. These allow you to use the skills you’ve gained from your certification and apply them to real-world business problems.
Focus On Your Soft Skills
As a graduate, many employees will understand and be forgiving of the fact you lack work experience. They will instead look to your soft skills, which can often be more important than your technical abilities.
As an example, many of the top traits for a Salesforce Administrator fall into the soft skills category. Things like emotional intelligence, critical thinking, communication and a willingness to learn. You’ve successfully used this entire skillset in your university degree, so all you need to do is highlight how in your CV and eventual job interviews.
According to the National Skills Commission Australia, almost one third of employers (32%) used word-of-mouth to recruit employees in 2021, making it the second-highest recruitment method.
In light of this, it’s well worth your time to network. Attend industry events, connect with Salesforce professionals via LinkedIn, and get involved with the Trailblazer community, both globally and locally.
In addition to being great for networking, these communities are an invaluable source of further support in sharing advice about certification preparation, technical questions, and best practices and use cases.
Prepare And Embark Upon Your Job Hunt
Once you have a better idea of the Salesforce area that best suits you and have skilled up, it’s time to start your job search. A crucial part of this is to customise your CV to each Salesforce position you apply for. Our complementary article about creating a great Salesforce CV will help you here.
You’ll also need to scour a large cross-section of job boards, professional networking sites and company websites to see what current entry-level Salesforce jobs are currently on offer, and then apply.
Should you be successful in getting an interview, be sure to prepare well by thoroughly researching the company and the role, and practise answering common interview questions. This includes highlighting your skills and experience working with Salesforce, and effectively demonstrating your enthusiasm for the role.
If this sounds like a lot of hard and time-consuming work, you’d be right on that count. But there is a way that can speed up the process, as well as making it much easier on you. Which segues nicely to our final tip.
Consider Working With a Specialist Recruiter
Partnering with a specialist SaaS recruitment agency early in your career offers you numerous key advantages. We know this well as here at SaaSpeople, we’ve helped many graduates land their first Salesforce job. We’ve then gone on to forge longer-term relationships with these candidates and assisted when it’s time for them to step up into their next role.
With so many Salesforce options, we can support you with initial advice about your career direction based on your skills, degree and experience. Maybe you’re at the stage where you need assistance with curating your CV to capture employer attention, or simply need to hone your interview skills. Or perhaps you’ve gotten to the offer phase and need some assistance with negotiation and acceptance.
Whichever stage you’re at, please feel free to connect with one of our experienced specialists to have a chat about your Salesforce career. We also have an extensive bank of clients across the Asia Pacific, so constantly have fresh Graduate Salesforce jobs opening up. We might just have that right opportunity that will kickstart your Salesforce career.