Salesforce Career Seekers – if you’re currently not seeing the results that you would like in landing your 1st Salesforce position, I encourage you to take on an artist mindset and start to work on your craft.
You have all the tools you need to start (Trailhead, Developer Org, Support System, User Groups, Books, Blogs, YouTube Videos, the list goes on). The next step is to start using those tools and applying your individual thoughts to build on what you’ve learned.
Any employer can turn Salesforce “on” and start using the out of the box Salesforce functionality, but your goal is to build, customize and create a series of apps that are unique to you, your personality and the ideas that you come up with that a potential employer can have interest in and potentially start a conversation with you.
This process shows and proves that you can take an idea from a concept to a tangible, working product.
Someone (an employer for example) can always buy a stock photo that was produced for the masses, but if they want something truly unique, they’ll buy individual art.
Art has personality, it has emotion behind it, and it has the labor of love that was required to build it and then the opportunity for you to show the world, “I made this, it’s for you”. The “you” in this context is the employer who has a need for what you can do. Although, it won’t be every employer and if initially you do not get any interest, then you try again, and again and again, one paint stroke at a time.
You’ll learn, you’ll revise, you’ll get feedback and you’ll become better.
Bob Ross, American Painter, Art Instructor and Television Host has painted over 30,000 paintings in his lifetime, and 91% of those contained the same elements (clouds, mountains, lakes). He then added his own personality to each and every painting based on how he was feeling that day. Translate this to Salesforce, it can be accounts, opportunities, cases, contacts, workflow automation, data validation rules, or even custom objects which you create. After reading or thinking about a concept, figure out ways to apply that to your work in progress application and keep building upon it.
A few quotes by Bob that might help you in your journey:
“The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe.”
“I think there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.”
“We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.”
“Anytime you learn, you gain.”
“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you’re willing to practice, you can do.”
Now it’s your turn to be an artist and show the world what you can do.