6 Things Nonprofit Salesforce Admins Can Do for Themselves During This Crisis

A lot of us Salesforce peeps are shifting our org strategy right now. For good reasons.

But while we’re getting into crisis-response-mode for our orgs, it may be worth evaluating how we’re personally handling things too. What can we be doing as Salesforce professionals to either develop further, build connections, or just plain distract ourselves from the chaos that’s currently happening?

Fortunately, a good bit. That’s where this list comes in.

1. Skill Up.

If you’ve got down time, use it to skill up on all the Salesforce wizardry you’ve been putting on hold. Yes, that means finishing all those Trailhead modules you favorited, so that you can become the pro you were always meant to be. 😉 (If you’re not familiar with Trailhead, you’ll really want to check out this blog post before reading any further.)

2. Be on the lookout for Certification Days.

If a Salesforce cert is part of your roadmap, keep tabs on Certification Days. These complimentary, 1-day virtual trainings/webinars cover the topics for specific exams. While the webinars alone aren’t enough to pass an exam, you may find the run-through helpful – as well as the exam coupon codes currently being offered.

Keep an eye open as more get added to the schedule. They fill up fast!

p.s. You may have noticed that the Salesforce cert courses are expensive, even with our nonprofit discount. But they’re also not necessary to pass an exam! Try finding an affordable, well-rated, Lightning course option on sites like Udemy (and remember to secure your nonprofit discount for that exam!)

3. Connect with current Salesforce professionals.

As an introvert, I don’t like social situations all that much. But connecting with other Salesforce professionals is the exception! It’s so nice to be around people who can relate to your professional experience/bounce ideas. Plus, it’s easier than ever now that everyone’s gone virtual.

Give it a shot. There’s the the Power of Us Hub for nonprofits, the Salesforce-led nonprofit user groups, and the trailblazer regional groups.

4. Connect with aspiring Salesforce professionals.

Some of us may be feeling a little lost these days. But if there’s anything we can do to help someone else get started in this ecosystem…let’s help out.

Like with tech, there are valid draws to a Salesforce career: like demand for jobs, earning potential, and remote work flexibility. So especially in this time, when the financial and employment stakes are high, this type of altruism can be life-altering for someone else.

p.s. If you’re an aspiring Salesforce professional who needs some guidance, feel free to reach out to dee@employedforgood.com ! And be sure to leverage Twitter. The #AwesomeAdmins hashtag should help you find people in the ‘ohana’ who are more than eager to help you get started.

5. Keep your eyes open when you come across a job.

In normal circumstances, you might’ve ignored the job announcements on your social media if you weren’t looking. But right now, it’s best to scan those openings.

First, it’s good to stay on top of the skills employers are looking for in Salesforce/CRM managers – especially these days. You may also be able to share a job with others, in the event someone in your network suddenly needs to search. And finally, of course, we’ll have those leads in our back pocket in the event we lose our jobs during this crisis. =/

6. Read that Marc Benioff book you got for free at World Tour.


Ok gang, so I haven’t read it yet. But I did start it during the World Tour in NYC last December. If there was ever a time to get through that thing, I guess it’s now.

57 pages in!

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