In today’s digital world there are hundreds of employers who are looking for professionals with experience and knowledge in Salesforce, to join their teams, help them streamline processes and digitally transform. There are also more and more Salesforce professionals entering the ecosystem.
In such a competitive market, it’s always important to do what you can in order to stand out from the crowd. We explore how getting certified can help you to shine and ultimately boost your Salesforce career.
Taking the time to expand your knowledge into a certain area of Salesforce, will essentially help you to become a subject matter expert in the field you are studying. While hands-on experience is certainly important, a certification can help to give you that edge. You are likely to be in higher demand due to your citification giving you credibility, which will ultimately boost your salary and your career.
We have touched on this above, but credibility is definitely another career boosting benefit of becoming Salesforce certified. Dedicating time to learning and expanding your knowledge in specific areas of Salesforce will give credibility to your knowledge and expertise of the platform.
As a general rule the standard for Salesforce certifications is high, so it’s almost guaranteed that a person who has certifications is an expert in that field. Employers appreciate this, meaning you’re initially more likely to stand out if you’re certified.
Employers understand that becoming certified isn’t easy, the process involves a great deal of dedication. Taking the time to become certified demonstrates your commitment to your career and to expanding your knowledge of the platform. Making the choice to become certified can only be a career boosting move, since securing a certification confirms to an employer, before they have even met you, that you are committed, passionate and dedicated to your Salesforce career.
As mentioned in our blog Flexible Working and the Salesforce Ecosystem, more and more people are placing importance on flexibility and autonomy in their work. Naturally, flexible and remote working opportunities are becoming more and more common with cloud-based platforms such as Salesforce.
However, flexibility is more than just about being able to work part time or from home. It’s also about having the freedom of choice. Having the opportunity to work for a range of businesses, across industries and even countries. This is something that having certifications will help with as they will make you shine in such a competitive market. With the choice to work across sectors in just about any city in the world, you’re able to constantly challenge yourself – ultimately giving your career a big boost.
If you’re looking for a step up or to take a different path in your Salesforce journey, certifications could give you the boost that you need. If you’re struggling to get the hands-on experience you need or are finding your CV just isn’t hitting the mark - taking the time to study the area you want to move into or expanding your knowledge of your current area, will certainly help to develop your career.
Whilst studying for your certification, there are plenty of groups to join, events to attend and websites to use in order network with others who are taking the same certification or are already certified.
Everyone knows that networking provides a huge career boost. Forming relationships with your peers gets your name out there, enables you to learn things you otherwise might not have, and opens doors that could be career-changing.
While certifications aren’t essential to a successful career in the Salesforce ecosystem, it’s clear from the points above that getting certified can certainly help give your career a boost. In our #SalesforceQA with Brendan Conroy, Senior Consultant at MondayCall, he discusses the importance of becoming certified, saying “The certification makes you stand out from others who are interviewing for the same position.”
Ultimately, in our opinion, certifications are definitely worth your time and effort and can certainly help to accelerate your career. Whether you’re just starting out as a Salesforce professional or are a veteran in the ecosystem, it’s important to continuing developing your knowledge and do what you can to stand out against the growing competition and certifications are a great way to do this.
If you are a Salesforce professional looking for new opportunities, get in touch with our specialist Salesforce recruiters today!