For those that wish to have a successful career, there is no better place than Salesforce. The amount of opportunities available in an industry that is going from strength to strength is mindblowing.
But the truly successful Salesforce trailblazers are those that go the extra mile. These are the individuals that put in work outside of their 9-5, to educate themselves, inspire others, and have a beginners mindset.
We’ve put together the “Salesforce Bucket List”, to give you an idea of what is possible in the Salesforce ecosystem. Not all these activities will be easy, and some of them could majorly push you outside of your comfort zone. But outside of your comfort zone, is the best opportunity to grow.
1. Attend a User Group
Attending your local Salesforce User Group is a great way to meet other Salesforce professionals, learn, and have some fun. There are over 1000 User Groups all over the world, hosted by other Salesforce professionals who love to connect with others – we were impressed by the growth of the Trailblazer Community reached, and can only imagine its reach now!
Find your nearest user group here.
2. Achieve Trailhead Ranger Status
Trailhead is a fantastic way to learn more about Salesforce and progress your career. With well over 1,000 badges to achieve, you can learn about every Salesforce product using hands-on challenges, as well as softer skills.
Ranger is the highest rank you can achieve in Trailhead, and you need to complete 100 badges to achieve this status.
3. Find a Mentor
Most successful Salesforce professionals will be able to name a mentor as one of the reasons they are where they are today. A mentor can help you on the fast pass to success, by supporting your skills and offering you valuable insight and advice.
It’s not always easy to find a mentor, but Trailhead has a fantastic service to match mentees with mentors.
4. Complete a Salesforce Certification
Salesforce Certifications are a great way to prove to employers that you know what you are talking about. They push you to learn more about a specific product or discipline, filling in gaps of knowledge you may have.
Read more: Complete List of Salesforce Certifications
5. Attend a Salesforce Event
Before the days of COVID, Salesforce Events were a highlight for all Salesforce professionals. They exist in various forms and sizes, but all have 3 things in common. They are amazing for learning, networking, and most importantly, they are great fun.
While it might be a while longer before Salesforce Events are back properly, keep an eye out for them in your local city.
Read more: Salesforce Events
6. Learn Flow
If you haven’t heard of Flow, it’s Salesforce’s ultimate automation weapon. The glory days of Process Builder & Workflow rules are over, with Salesforce no longer providing enhancements to these tools.
While Flow is tremendously powerful, there is a learning curve. But as this is Salesforce’s automation tool of choice, it’s a good idea to get ahead of the curve and start learning Flow if you haven’t already.
Read more: Introduction to Salesforce Flow
7. Complete a Superbadge
Trailhead Superbadges take standard badges to a whole new level. They let you take the skills you’ve learned, and apply them to complex, real-world business problems. Superbadges are a great way to show employers that you have completed complex projects that are akin to real-life scenarios and bridge the gap between Trailhead and the real world.
Check out the Superbadges that Trailhead has to offer.
8. Get an AppExchange Certification
The AppExchange is a great way to extend your Salesforce Org with all kinds of pre-configured applications. Anything from Document Generation, to full-blown accounting packages, can be implemented.
There are AppExchange Apps that are becoming universally used, such as Salesforce DevOps Apps. This is a great chance to get certified with these apps and bulk up your CV to impress employers.
Read more: 10 Salesforce App Certifications to Achieve
9. Create a Real-World Developer Project
For those that want to get as much Salesforce experience as possible, why not create your own project in a developer sandbox? Thinking of a potential business application for Salesforce, creating requirements, and then implementing the solution, is a great way to push your knowledge further.
You could create an App for a gym to manage membership, or a recruitment app to manage the hiring of applicants. You can iterate on these apps as years go past, giving you a fantastic playground to test new features and functionality.
This also gives you another project to talk about in interviews…
Read more: How Do I Get Salesforce Experience?
10. Attend Dreamforce
Dreamforce is Salesforce’s flagship event, it’s a mega-conference that hosts 170,00+ people in its hometown, San Francisco. Dreamforce is an event like no other, I would compare it more to a festival than a conference.
Unfortunately with Dreamforce being in San Francisco, and ticketing costing around $2,000, this isn’t always possible to fund by yourself. However, by speaking at the event, or being sponsored by your company, this becomes more feasible.
Read more: Complete Guide to Dreamforce
11. Attend a Community Event
While Salesforce User Groups and official events are organised by Salesforce themselves, there is a growing trend of community events organised by independent groups of Trailblazers. Some of the biggest include London’s Calling & Midwest Dreamin’.
12. Write an article for SalesforceBen.com
At SalesforceBen.com, we are thrilled to be a community-powered news site. The majority of our content is written by Salesforce authors around the world who want to give back to the community and share the knowledge they have built up over the years.
If you would like to join the 300+ authors that we have on the site, feel free to submit a request here.
13. Mentor Someone
If you have reached a point in your career where you have been helped by so many, and would like to give back, then why not think about mentoring someone?
Don’t be scared to mentor early on in your career. If you only have 1 Salesforce Certification and 1 year of experience, you have a huge amount to offer someone who is just starting their first badge on Trailhead.
14. Speak at a User Group
Salesforce User Groups are led by members of the community. The user group leaders volunteer their time to organise the events on a regular basis, and the content is also generated by members of the community who wish to share something.
This is fantastic if you want to give back or practice your public speaking skills in an intimate, non-judgmental setting,
15. Volunteer your time
Salesforce founded its company back in 1999 on the principle of giving back. They also pioneered the Pledge 1% model, giving back 1% of its time, product, and equity.
Volunteering your Salesforce technical skills to Nonprofits is a great way to start giving back.
16. Become a Champion
Salesforce has a number of programs dedicated to recognising those that go above and beyond to help the community. A few of these include…
17. Create an AppExchange App
Many of the Apps on the AppExchange have been created off the back of Salesforce professionals seeing real-world problems that could be solved with a handy App. Many of these Apps remain free, but a lot of them will be turning over $1M+ in annual recurring revenue.
Free AppExchange Apps still need to go through the security review process to ensure they are safe and stable, but you do not need to pay a dime to get published.
18. Speak at Dreamforce
As mentioned above, Dreamforce is the crème de la crème of conferences. Not just in the Salesforce world, but in the tech ecosystem as a whole.
Speaking at Dreamforce gives you the chance to speak in front of 100’s of people, at one of the biggest conferences. It will also give you a chance to get a free ticket worth over $2000!
19. Start a Salesforce Business
With so much activity happening in the Salesforce ecosystem, it has never been easier for those that have that entrepreneurial itch, to start their own business.
Starting your own consultancy, becoming a freelancer, or creating an AppExchange App are some of the most common. For those interested in starting their own Consultancy, I’ve written a book that includes my journey from $0 to $2.5M in revenue in 4 years.
Read more: Starting a Salesforce Consultancy
20. Take a Selfie With Marc Benioff
Last on our list, we have the most coveted item, a selfie with Salesforce CEO & Founder, Marc Benioff. You definitely need to be in the right place at the right time at one of the many Salesforce events he attends, but Marc is often found in selfie’s with his community members. Check out some of the photos below!