Tailhead also has "Super Badges" which require you to do a specific set of tasks that can encompass many hours and can give a clear demonstration that you've taken the lessons learned and adapted them.
There's a large community of folks out there who can help you with your exploration of Salesforce and many times you can find the answer to your question by implying googling around.
They're not a guarantee to a job but many times it will at least help you get in the door to get an interview.
Jason recommends the following next steps:
- check out https://trailhead.salesforce.com/en/home