How to Build a Successful Career with Help from Salesforce Staffing Part 1: Why Should You Want a Salesforce Career?

How to Build a Successful Career with Help from Salesforce Staffing Part 1_ Why Should You Want a Salesforce Career_
The demand for Salesforce experts in the job market can seem enticing to those looking for a career change or just starting to work. And, for those without experience, the process of becoming a Salesforce expert can feel a little overwhelming.
How can you be sure that a career in Salesforce is right for you? Will you have the flexibility, challenge, and pay that you’re looking for?
In Part 1 of this 2-part series, How to Build a Successful Career with Help from Salesforce Staffing, the VALiNTRY Salesforce Staffing team will help you dig a bit deeper into the topic and provide answers to these questions.

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Why Should You Work in the Salesforce Ecosystem?

Before diving into the how of starting your new career journey in the Salesforce ecosystem, let’s discuss the reasons why we recommend Salesforce as a career.

1. Demand

Salesforce is the dominant player in the CRM market with a 24% market share, roughly 20% YoY growth, and annual revenue surpassing $30B. With its finger on the pulse of its ecosystem, Salesforce is able to estimate it will create 9.3MM jobs and over $1.5T in new revenue by 2026. But it also cautions that this growth will be impeded by a lack of skilled digital workers needed for these jobs.
This strong market position, rapidly growing user base, and lack of skilled talent creates a significant concern for organizations that need talent to implement, maintain, and enhance their CRM systems.

2. Salary Potential and Career Progression

These demand factors are supercharging competition for qualified talent and driving already high salary levels higher. Combine this acceleration with the fact that most Salesforce workers average a new job every two years, and Salesforce talent could expect to double their already considerable compensation within a decade.

3. Flexible Working

The COVID-19 pandemic proved that a majority of roles, especially those requiring digital skills could be done remotely. Given that Salesforce has been a cloud-based organization and product since its founding, Salesforce talent can expect to easily find both 100% remote positions and jobs with a hybrid environment.
With an understanding of the benefits of a career in the Salesforce ecosystem, let’s discuss what the Salesforce ecosystem is.

What is the Salesforce Ecosystem?

What is the Salesforce Ecosystem_

The Salesforce ecosystem is made up of:

  • Salesforce: The world’s #1 customer relationship management (CRM) platform
  • Customers: Any organization that uses Salesforce products
  • Partners: Salesforce-certified 3rd parties who work with customers to add additional products or services that augment a customer’s Salesforce platform 
  • Salesforce Talent: The individual experts who bring their extensive knowledge and experience of working with Salesforce to Customers and Partners alike
Beyond the people, the Salesforce ecosystem includes a wide spectrum of products and services. The best known of these tools are:
  • Sales Cloud: The original Salesforce CRM tool that helps organizations manage leads, accounts, opportunities, and forecasting
  • Marketing Cloud: The go-to tool set for marketers seeking help in designing customer journeys and email automation and managing marketing campaigns.
  • Account Engagement (formerly Pardot): The #1 B2B marketing automation tool.
  • Commerce Cloud: The powerful shopping platform that use Salesforce to create multichannel, personalized, retail experiences
  • Experience Cloud: The must have tool for creating and managing branded digital experiences
In addition to these core products, specialized tools and services like Slack, MuleSoft, Tableau, and various 3rd party AppExchange apps help users expand and customize Salesforce’s functionality.

What Types of Salesforce Jobs Are Available?

What Types of Salesforce Jobs Are Available_
Salesforce grew to become the world’s #1 CRM based on its adaptability and user-friendliness. Yet, the complexities of Salesforce mean that leaders shouldn’t expect that one “Salesforce person” can do it all. This would be akin to expecting one flight engineer to build, launch, fly, and land a Dragon space capsule solo.
If you want to be one of the best Salesforce talent, you need to understand the difference between the various roles and specializations in the Salesforce ecosystem and how you can use those skills to benefit an employer.
Typically, those new to the Salesforce ecosystem start out as a:
  • Salesforce Administrator: For those who want to have lots of options before deciding on a specialty
  • Salesforce Developer / App Developer: For those who prefer coding / software development more analytical or broad-spectrum roles
  • Business Analyst: For those who want to look at the big picture and be a part of the decision-making process
As Customers and Partners are embracing mobile, IoT, AI, and Big Data, they are also looking for Salesforce Talent already familiar with how these innovations impact their industry. With that in mind, once you have a sense of the type of Salesforce career and hard skills you will pursue, work to align your job search with the industries and sectors most likely to value your experience.
For reference, the biggest industry users of Salesforce include:
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Consumer Goods & Retail
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Financial Services & Business Services
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • High Tech
  • Manufacturing
  • Media & Communications
  • Public Sector & Nonprofit
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences

Read Part 2 of How to Build a Successful Career with Help from Salesforce Staffing

In Part 2 of our series, How to Build a Successful Career with Help from Salesforce Staffing, we’ll look at the requirements and best practices used by the most successful Salesforce experts to grow their careers.

Find Your Next Salesforce Job with Help from the Salesforce Staffing Experts at VALiNTRY

The Salesforce Staffing team at VALiNTRY has spent the last decade working to build strong partnerships with Salesforce, its users, and highly skilled candidates. From entry level Salesforce Consultants to expert Platform Architects, they understand the value you bring to their clients.

Whether you are looking for a permanent position or your next contract gig, the VALiNTRY Salesforce Staffing team saves you time and stress by expediting and streamlining your job search.

Ready to take the next step? Search for Salesforce jobs in our exclusive Salesforce Staffing database and send your resume to us today to get started finding the right match for you!

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