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People are saying there is “huge” demand for Salesforce talent.

The advantage of a career working with Salesforce is that one can be productive without being an expert programmer. This and being in SasS (without server admin troubles), a small team can support a (smaller) company without a lot of buraucracy, unlike being on massive SAP projects.


Gig economy

Take a look at those offering Salesforce services on a temporary, ad hoc basis:

Jobs inside Salesforce corporate

Job listings


Mason Frank International, a recruiter, publishes a report each year about the Salesforce ecosystem, providing detailed breakdowns of salaries by job role, location, and so much more. See https://www.masonfrank.com/salesforce-salary-survey/


Consulting Partners and ISVs (Independent Software Vendors)

Top Salesforce partners are required to be “Master Certified by Salesforce” in all 12 industries and cloud platforms.

http://www.accenture.com/salesforcecareers by Accenture, which employs 11,800 Salesforce pros in Chicago and elsewhere. Contact: bradley.m.altbach@accenture.com


This list of Admin management skills is from Jeff Talbot (marin(dot)consulting(at)gmail.com):

  • Managing database customizations - Objects, Object relationships, Fields, Page Layouts

  • Managing security - Users, Roles, Profiles, Permission Sets

  • Managing data - Views, Reports, Dashboards

  • Managing data integrity - Data imports, mass data updates, Validation Rules

  • Managing automation - Workflow, Flow, Triggers, Process Builder

  • Managing data integration - Integrating websites, retail management software (POS), and finance software with Salesforce

Sample Job Description

BASIC Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent required from an accredited institution. Will also consider three years of progressive experience in the specialty in lieu of every year of education. • At least 4 years of experience with Information Technology and 2 years of experience in SFDC • At least 2 years of experience in Client Engagement / Interaction • Current SFDC Certifications • Strong Analytical and Communication skills


Technical = 80% • At least 2 years of experience in implementing CRM solutions with a minimum of 2 years Salesforce Force.com platform/Sales Cloud/Service Cloud implementations • At least 3 years of experience in Salesforce development and implementations Skills with good command on Apex, Visual force, controllers, triggers, batch processes, APIs and web services. • Thorough understanding on the Life Cycle of Development including Salesforce Deployment/Packaging effectively using Metadata API, ChangeSet and Ant. • Best Practices understanding on Coding Standards, Deployment, Apex, VF, Salesforce Integration, Security implementations • Experience on Force.com Integration Technologies (WebServices, 3rd Party tool like CastIron/Boomi) to Integrate with On-Premise systems like Siebel, OMS and Java Based Systems • Writing Apex Classes, Visual Force Pages, Apex Triggers, Controllers, JQueries to implement complex business requirements • Fluent with SOSL and SOQL, Workflows • Implement SOAP / REST based web services • Hands on experience with Tools like Data Loader, Eclipse, SoapUI, APEX Explorer, Ant Scripts, AJAX tool kit • Migration of all the Customizations including Custom Configurations, packages and other objects from Sandbox to Production environment • Customizations of Reports, Dashboards, Workflows, Approval Processes

Functional = 20% • 2+ years’ experience in in translate functional requirements and business rules into technology solutions and develop a technical strategy, and be able to create and effectively demonstrate solutions that address customer requirements. • Familiarity with Salesforce latest product launches including Wave Analytics, Lightning. • Ability to work in team in diverse/ multiple stakeholder environment • Experience and desire to work in a Global delivery environment • Well versed with Configuration and customizations of objects The job entails sitting as well as working at a computer for extended periods of time. Should be able to communicate by telephone, email or face to face. Travel may be required as per the job requirements.

Skills in LinkedIn profile

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Click “View profile”.
  3. Scroll to the “Skills & Endorsements” section and click “Add a new skill”.
  4. In the pop-up window, if it says “You’ve reached the limit of 50 skills”, X back and remove some skills.
  5. Type the name of a skill and select it from the dropdown list that appears or click “Add” immediately.

    You can also add skills from the Suggested skills based off your profile options that are provided.


Trailhead: Your Path into the Salesforce Developer Economy

More about Salesforce

This is one of a series about Salesforce

  1. Salesforce index

  2. Salesforce Ohana (about the Salesforce company, offices, mascots, emojis, and store)
  3. Salesforce Glossary (of acronyms)
  4. Salesforce Events (Conferences, local Meetups, ) to meet people face-to-face
  5. Salesforce Exhibitors (at Dreamforce)
  6. Salesforce Onboarding (Trailhead and IDEs)
  7. Salesforce Rock Stars (and influencers)

  8. Salesforce Offerings (Clouds, Industries, Domains, GitHub, editions, pricing, features, versions)
  9. Salesforce Certifications (training and exams)
  10. Salesforce Projects, Superbadges, and Sample Apps
  11. Salesforce myTrailhead for custom Trailhead content

  12. Salesforce Project Plans
  13. Salesforce Jobs (within Salesforce, with partners, etc.)
  14. Salesforce User Roles and Personas

  15. Salesforce Apps (in AppExchange)
  16. Salesforce Alexa
  17. Salesforce Heroku (external apps)
  18. Salesforce DX (Developer eXperience)

  19. Salesforce Non-Profit support
  20. Salesforce NPSP (Non-Profit Success Pack) performance (with Gatling)

  21. Salesforce Data Management
  22. Salesforce Einstein
  23. Salesforce Selenium (test automation)