I have salesforce Admin Certification, but when trying to apply for entry level/ junior roles, they are asking for 2+ years experience in salesforce
I have 4 years of experience as a quality analyst and mobile survey scripter in market research org.
Although you dont have the true 2 years of hands on experience with Salesforce your background and demonstration by getting a certification that you are invested is what employers are looking for when opening an entry level Salesforce position.
This you can add to your resume in lieu of experience.
Anubhuti recommends the following next steps:
I would definitely encourage you to still apply! You've got some great experience to share, as well as a Salesforce certification. Additionally, if you'd like to get in some more practice and understand business applications for some of our products, I'd encourage you to spend some time on Trailhead (link below in the next steps section) and even check out some of our Superbadges - these can be a great way to highlight your skill set as well. I hope this helps!
Amy recommends the following next steps:
This is a standard challenge in entry level positions, you are required experience, but nobody offers experience.
What I’d suggest is to take training sessions online and read/research about the tool. It might not give you hands-on experience, but would give you theoretical experience.
You have got a certification done, that means you have the basic knowledge around Admin Processes.
What you need to do is to understand few things in detail which will help you clear the interviews -
1) How to create users
2) How to create profile
3) What are sharing rules, how to create those
4) Difference between custom and standard objects
5) How to enable/disable Lightning
6) How to set up SSO
7)How to create Connected Apps and its significance
Prepare few more topics around admin configuration and I am sure you can crack interviews. Try to be true to yourself, make sure you really understand what you are doing.
I would recommend applying to other related positions such as a business analyst, project manager or something which involves using salesforce day to day. This would build up your resume for you to be qualified as a stronger candidate for a Salesforce Admin and your resume will stick out to recruiters more.
Absolutely, I concur with your perspective. It would be beneficial for you to gain practical experience in using Salesforce org, which is available on the Salesforce website. I recommend that you consider applying for a Business Analyst role or a position that aligns with your current expertise. Once you've entered the Salesforce job market, transitioning from a Business Analyst or QA role to an Admin position or any other desired role will become much easier.
You have the admin certification that enables you to say you have enough experience with the product for a JR position if you are committed continuous learning and knowledge improvement.
I hope this opinion will be helpful to you.