How to make the right career move while you’re in demand

It has felt like we’ve said this a lot in the last five or so years, but even we couldn’t have imagined how dramatically the market would have changed in the past 18 months or so. There’s never been a better time to be a Salesforce developer, admin, or architect. There are a range of opportunities out there if you’re experienced and open to a move. But, it can be tough to know how to make the right career move while you’re in demand.

You’re already under such a deluge of messages from recruiters. And they’re very good at positioning every job as perfect for you. You don’t have time to interview for all of them, let alone decide whether any of them is better than where you’re at now, or whether they’re going to help you not only reach your current goals, but move you toward that next step in your career.

There’s a lot to consider!

Whether you’re actively looking for new Salesforce jobs right now or your just willing to listen and see what’s out there, here are two steps that can help you make the right career move right now, while your skills are in high demand:

Step 1: List out what you like and don’t like about your current job.

If you’re not working right now, think about your last job for this one. It may seem super basic, but that’s exactly why it’s important. It can be difficult to tap into the core fundamentals that are fueling you while you’re balancing work with all the texts, calls, and LinkedIn messages.

The best way to get clarity on things is to write (or type) out a list. What do you like about your current (or most recent) job? What didn’t you like?

From there, you can refine further if you want into a “wish list” or even a “must” list — you only respond to roles that meet some or all of your “musts.” This preserves your time (and sanity), while also making sure you don’t miss out on a potentially life-changing opportunity.

Step 2: Set aside clear-cut time to handle and respond to recruiter outreach.

It can be really overwhelming when you’re in an in-demand field and are getting bombarded by messages from recruiters. if you’re already working full time, it’s even harder to respond. Sometimes the loudest bird squawking gets your attention, but that doesn’t always mean what’s best for your career.

To ensure you are able to really see and vet all of the opportunities that are in front of you, dedicate a specific time each day to reading and following up with opportunities as necessary. Be consistent and stick to it. Otherwise, you may find yourself hurriedly responding about a position you don’t actually want — and could miss out on one that is the right fit.

During that time, consider going through open communications and immediately removing those that don’t meet the “musts” you defined in the previous step. This can help you really maximize your time. You may even want to create a message template with the most common questions you have as a next step. Then, copy and paste as necessary to respond to the jobs that are interesting to you.

If you haven’t already, consider setting up a free Calendly account that syncs with your personal calendar. Block out availability only when you can talk to a recruiter (in other words, probably outside the 9 to 5, during lunch or breaks, etc). Include the link in your message template, and encourage recruiters to schedule time automatically if their opportunity meets your criteria.

This can save you a ton of time on back and forth communications (which in addition to clogging your to-do list, can sometimes mean missing out on a great opportunity), and can get you to the important and interesting positions more quickly.

Are you looking for or open to a new Salesforce job? We’re hiring!

We work with great companies across the country, and are proud with the strong relationships we’ve built with professionals like you. We’ll only connect you with roles that are relevant and interesting to you, and you can count on us to treat you how you deserve to be treated throughout and after the hiring process is complete. To search for and apply to one of our current positions, visit our job board. Or, contact our recruiting team directly to talk about your needs and goals.

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