CONNECTING ACTIVE DUTY - VETS & SPOUSES TO A SALESFORCE PAYCHECK

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VETERATI VETFORCE MENTORS

SALESFORCE TRAINING

Salesforce Classes:

New Salesforce Administrator - (ADX-201) 

  • 5-day class tuition voucher

Experienced Administrator - (ADX-211)  

  • 4-day tuition voucher

Platform App Builder - (DEX-402)

  • 5-day class tuition voucher 

 Other Career Paths*   

  • Business Analyst
  • Sales Cloud Consultant
  • Service Cloud Consultant
  • Community Cloud Consultant
  • Non-Profit Cloud Consultant
  • Pardot Specialist
  • Pardot Consultant
  • Contact us for access to Pardot
  • Einstein Analytics & Discovery Consultant
  • Salesforce Developer

All Certified career paths include an exam voucher. 

Note: If you fail the Certification Exam you pay for each redo. 

BOOK A MENTOR TO LEARN ABOUT BENEFITS

STEP 1

CONNECTING: VETS & SPOUSES TO AN
ORANGE COUNTY SALESFORCE PAYCHECK

Book a Mentor Before You Start

BOOK MENTOR

STEP 2

Use your personal email address to enroll in Vetforce

CREATE VETFORCE ACCOUNT

  1. From: My Vetforce Career Goal
  2. Select: Become a Salesforce Certified Administrator 

STEP 3

Where You Do "All Online Training"

A Course on Trailhead is called a Trailmix

  • Sign-up for Trailhead with your Vetforce email
  • Select the option: Sign up with Email

Vetforce & Trailhead

  • 2 two different systems
  • Sync on your email address

If Vetforce & Trailhead don't sync...

  • Your email addresses don't match in each system

CREATE TRAILHEAD ACCOUNT

DON'T GET STUCK - KEEP MOVING

There's Always Something Salesforce To Do...

When stuck, don't beat your head against the wall for hours on end: 

  • Book time with a Mentor and move to another topic
  • Example: If you're working Admin 201, skip to App Developer 402
  • The Mentor will get you unstuck

If you're really stuck, do this: 

  • Rewrite Trailmix requirements as User Stories
  • Follow Mike Cohn’s definitive study on User Stories

CLICK HERE TO SEE MIKE COHN'S USER STORIES

STEP 4

Day 1 - Vetforce & Trailhead Orientation

Assumption - You've:

  • Created Vetforce and Trailhead accounts
  • Completed you Vetforce and Trailhead profiles
  • Confirmed your Vetforce and Trailhead email are the same
  • In Vetforce: Selected My Career Goal as...
  • Become a Salesforce Certified Administrator
  • Completed the above Orientation Trailmixes

Start Work:

BOOK A MENTOR

Days 1 to 8

Login to Trailhead and complete the following Trailmix:

Days 9 to 16

 Login to Trailhead and complete the following Trailmix: 

What's Next?

At this point we used to recommend registering for ADX-201 and DEX-402 classes and certification.  But that's no longer our course.  You need to figure out if this career is for you and get into hands on work experience.


Certification does not get you a job, experience does.  We're not saying forget certification.  We recommend getting your hands dirty then take the ADX-201 and DEX-402 courses and certification.  


Employers want experience and the sooner you start the better.  You're smart and will figure it out.  


Steve Molis, one of the most brilliant Salesforce minds and #1 contributor in the Trailhead Community has 1 Certification and 52 Badges.  If you need to write a formula, "Buy Steve a Beer".


At this point you should have a grasp of navigating the Salesforce Setup menu and most important, where to find answers to requirements you must fulfill in your Admin job.  The Trailhead Community is that source and continued mentorship.   We have a blog of a few contributors you should follow: Blog

BOOK A MENTOR

STEP 5

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How to Do It...

Apprentice to Paycheck:

  • Find a business sponsor

Current Employer:

  • You inherit the job

Connect to Local Salesforce ecosystem:

  • User Groups: All of them
  • Start a local Vetforce group
  • Salesforce Account Executives
  • Salesforce Sales Engineers
  • Salesforce Success Managers
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Veteran Business Networks
  • Veteran Chambers of Commerce

Veteran Employment Outreach In Your Area:

  • Employment
  • Training

LinkedIn:

  • Don't think of LinkedIn for job search
  • Connect to the local Salesforce ecosystem
  • Build your own personal brand name

Veterati:

  • Become a Mentor
  • The best way to learn is to teach
  • Look for other Mentors on Veterati to expand your support group

You're Not Alone

WE CONTINUE TO MENTOR

STEP 6

After You've Interned 3 to 6 Months

We strongly recommend waiting until you've had on the job experience before certifying because it accelerates your Admin experience time and that's what hiring manager are looking for.  During your internship you'll need to plan on taking about 2 week breaks for each certification.

  • 1 week class time
  • 1 week exam prep and exam
  • That's a total of 4 weeks during your internship
  • 6 weeks if you do Advanced Admin
  • You can claim the entire time as experience

 Certified Administrator:

  • Login in to Vetforce
  • From the Home Tab select Change Career Goal
  • Select: Become a Salesforce Certified Administrator
  • The Home tab will take some time to refresh
  • Select either and in person or virtual ADX-201 Lightning course
  • We prefer the virtual courses so they can be recorded then reviewed

 Certified Platform App Builder:

  • Login in to Vetforce
  • From the Home Tab select Change Career Goal
  • Select: Become a Salesforce Platform App Builder
  • The Home tab will take some time to refresh
  • Select either and in person or virtual 402-DEX Lightning course

Optional

 Certified Advanced Administrator:

  • Login in to Vetforce
  • From the Home Tab select Change Career Goal
  • Select: Become a Salesforce Advanced Administrator
  • The Home tab will take some time to refresh
  • Select either and in person or virtual ADM-201 Classic course
  • We recommend the Classic course because it deals with 100% of the Salesforce Admin capability