Go Beyond

Finished the labs? Congrats! Consider yourself badged.

You've learned a ton by experience – so it's part of you now.

You know how to find ways to do things better/faster/smarter thru tech–that's innovating business systems.

Now, you really get how tech works and  you can make it work for you, on the job–HR, Finance, whatever.

Ok, but how can it help you GET a job?

Tell hiring managers what you learned during interviews...
  • Any employer will be impressed that you have some tech skills now, even if they're not using Salesforce–when you "get" how tech works, that carries over to whatever other technology.

  • At the core level, data-based technologies are all basically the same so you can learn new ones fast/easy.

  • And the best thing you learned is not Salesforce itself–it's how tech can help you do your job better & how to make that happen, yourself or through IT support.

  • Check out the Lab 3b Afterlab at the end of the lab packet - it gives you actual scripts of what to say in an interview!

Remember, tons of companies (& non-profits) use Salesforce...
  • Tell them about the specific Salesforce skills you learned:​​

    • Creating Custom Objects/Fields

    • HTML Email Templates

    • Data Import Wizard

    • Workflows

    • Schema Builder

    • Web-to-Lead Forms

    • Auto-response Rules

    • Reports & Dashboards

    • Lead Assignment Rules

    • Chatter Posts & Polls

  • Many of those (above) are not just "user" skills - they're "app builder" (basic developer) skills. Point that out!

  • Lots of students have told us this has made the difference in getting interviews & even getting hired!

If you're really into Salesforce...
  • You might consider getting a Salesforce certification–it's not that hard! You would have to do some extra learning beyond just doing the labs, but you can get everything you need for free online at Salesforce's website. They have a fun, interactive training site called "Trailhead" with "trails" that lead you thru learning various topics while you earn points & badges, etc. There are "trailmixes" which are specific sequences of certain trails that will lead to certification as a System Administrator or an "App Builder"(basic developing w/no coding, like you did in the labs). They say it takes around 65 hours of study to be ready to take the exam which costs just $200 and you can retake for $100 if you fail. You can take it in a proctoring center near you or online with a live camera proctor. One MIS undergraduate at SJSU got his App Builder cert and got a 6-figure offer upon graduation from a multinational that uses Salesforce. Check out the Salesforce certification site at: http://certification.salesforce.com/home.

  • You might consider creating your own apps and selling them thru the Salesforce App Exchange! Salesforce's App Exchange is a marketplace where their customers can purchase extensions that add functions/features that aren't already built-in like an equipment location tracking app or a plug-in to integrate SurveyMonkey. It's like Apple's App Store. The apps are built by independent, mostly small developers who get the income from the sales. To create an app like that would likely take some coding skills but you could learn everything you would need to know from Salesforce's free online training site "Trailhead," mentioned above. (https://trailhead.salesforce.com/)

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