I've been introduced into SalesForce. Highly debating becoming certified. Is it worth it?
SalesForce is one of the biggest SaaS platforms out there, it would definitely be useful to be certified in it if you're in IT as most companies probably need the support. There is definitely no downside to getting the certification if you have the time and resources to make it possible.
It's a long process; it's painful at times, but it is WELL worth it. There are many many resources out there to help you learn the platform including the ability for you to get your own FREE Developer Account to play around with, so just do it already. You got this!!!
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I would recommend you become SalesForce certified, as close to every organization within a company touches SalesForce. Being certified will not only enable you to automate/ accelerate daily tasks, it is a great resume builder / differentiator when applying to jobs.
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Great idea. A lot of good can come from Certification under certain conditions. My suggestion is to take a quick look at some of the local jobs in your area that say that they are looking for sales for certification. Compare those against some of the jobs with similar job titles that don’t and see if there is a clear difference in salary. I also want to point out that there are some nonprofit organizations that will help to subsidize the cost of certification training. You may want to reach out to your local big brothers big sisters or other youth development organizations associated with your school if applicable to see if they know of any local funding for that purpose. I’m certification under certain conditions. My suggestion is to take a quick look at some of the local jobs in your area that say that they are looking for sales for certification. Compare those against some of the jobs with similar job titles that don’t and see if there is a clear difference in salary. I also want to point out that there are some nonprofit organizations that will help to subsidize the cost of certification training. You may want to reach out to your local big Brothers big sisters or other youth development organizations associated with your school if applicable to see if they know of any local funding for that purpose.
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From a sales management perspective, Salesforce is a very sophisticated and powerful CRM tool. If you do some market research you`ll find out they hold the biggest market share between CRM platforms so this means a lot in terms of leveraging you professionally. I got a certification in "Salesforce for Sales managers" and I do recommend that.
If I can leave a suggestion for you, I strongly recommend you read this blog, it helped me a lot:
That will give you a good starting point to investigate more about Trailblazers community, recommended types of certifications x your professional ambitions etc.
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Wish you success in your professional journey.
Definitely worth it! This skill would set you apart while applying for jobs, and will also give you an advantage while on-boarding to your new role. It is a powerful tool when used correctly, and having prior knowledge would be extremely helpful. You might even be able to teach your new colleagues a thing or two if they haven't been certified themselves!
If you're new in the space and have no experience, one way to stand out is to get a certificate like the Salesforce Admin cert.
Other ways to stand out and is a good way to gain experience is to volunteer
Best of luck!
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I would get SalesForce certified. It diversifies your resume and is useful in most sales positions. However, if you're considering it, I would speak to the leadership in your current role, and see if you can't negotiate getting them to pay for it, since it will positively impact their business.
I also want to highlight the advice of others who recommend starting your learning on Trailhead.salesforce.com, which is free and completely accessible. There are learning paths designed specifically to help you learn what's covered in the various certifications.
In case you haven't seen it yet, there's also a great resource that outlines what a career path may look like for an administrator (also available for other roles), including some great stats, skills needed, and open positions. Reviewing the job postings can help you determine if these are the types of roles you are interested in, and if so - go get certified!
When pursuing your certification, hands on experience is really helpful, giving you an opportunity to apply what you're learning to real business scenarios. Volunteering with nonprofits is a great way for you to gain some hands on experience while helping an organization that likely really needs it!
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I agree with Jessica. Salesforce certification can be an extremely valuable skill as you enter the job market. It's the most ubiquitous CRM platform there is nowadays and people that know it well are in short supply. I see more and more people building their entire careers around Salesforce and the opportunities are not just limited to administration - consulting and development are huge right now!