While many, including myself, are often suggesting specific steps to take, to either help launch or to continue your Salesforce career.
Please keep in mind, there is no one right way.
Certifications, Badges, User Groups, etc. are not THE answer.
I think if you ask 5 different people how they’ve been successful (or landed their 1st position), you’ll probably get 5 different answers.
And I doubt one will be, I got Salesforce certified, and the flood gates of opportunity opened.
At least without some additional context.
There will likely be a few key patterns that are the same, but the rest will probably fall into:
Trying to conform to what so and so did to find success, might lead to a dampening of your spirit.
Continue to focus on the path that feels right for you, while having the inner confidence that your time will eventually come.