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  • Writer's pictureJordan Nelson

#1 - The Certification Myth

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

You need to be Salesforce certified to land your first Salesforce job. The only way for your future employer to trust you is to verify you have successfully passed at least one salesforce certification. Salesforce has been around for 20+ years and over those years, employers have been burned by ppl saying that know how to do the job but then can’t deliver - hence why we now all assume you must have at least one certification.

It’s false though.

No certs – No problems

How do I know you don’t need a certification? Me – I did it. Rewind to mid-2018. I was working as a business analyst for Walmart eCommerce and wanted out. Someone on my team who had less experience, fewer qualifications, and a bad work ethic left our team and landed one. This was the light bulb moment for me that if he could do it then I could do it. The mindset was really the only change I needed to make because within 2 months I had secured a Salesforce admin job & increased my pay by 75%. This is why it’s so hurtful to think being certified is the only way to land your first Salesforce job.

It’s what you do - not what you say

Create content to show what you know. This proves you know how to do the job and seriously minimizes the risk for the employer. They can see your work online. There is no questioning what you know or don’t know how to do.

Here’s what you do:

Writer? Start a blog. → Go to WIX and create a free website → Blog “How to Guides” on your new website → Link new website to your social media (ideally LinkedIn) → Enjoy your new written portfolio → Here is my blog for example

Talker? Start a podcast. → Go to anchor and create a free podcast → Imagine talking to your younger self as someone to teach → Record 30 mins episodes on what you wanted to know → Enjoy your new audio portfolio → Here is my podcast for example

Doer? Start a YouTube channel. → Go to YouTube and create a free channel → Demo your skills by solving a made-up use case → Enjoy your new visual portfolio → Here is my channel for an example Remember: Just because others typically do it one way, Doesn’t mean it’s the only way.

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