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To Contract or Go Full-Time?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

To Contract or Go Full-Time?

That is the question many of our Salesforce Admins and Developers face today. The good news is there is plenty of both types of work to go around.

We are still in a market that is experiencing a drastic discrepancy between demand and supply. That is, demand for savvy Salesforce talent exceeds today’s supply.

We are often asked by job seekers which structure, contracting or full-time employment, is the better choice.  The answer often depends on your personality and tolerance.  Namely, by contracting, you gain flexibility with work hours, location, the type of work, and how you perform it.  On the flipside, you may be responsible for invoicing, collections, withholding taxes, and facing the uncertainty of the next project and new personalities. (Note, if you work through staffing firms like Hire On-Demand, you don’t have to worry about the administrativia.)  Those who seek full-time employment often do so for the stability. Eliminated are worries about finding the next gig.  Additionally, many who choose to go full-time enjoy immersing themselves in an organization, becoming deeply familiar with the technical environment and processes, and  belonging to a “team”.

In sum, both contracting and full-time employment have their perks and trade-offs. Much of it comes down to personal preference. The great news is we are in a market that is hot for both types of talent.

Employers, no need to fret. Given our Salesforce specialty and roots, we are fortunate at Hire On-Demand to have a vast pool of passive job seekers eager for their next challenging assignment.

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Advance Your Salesforce Career

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Looking to advance your career as a Salesforce Admin or Developer? Given the high demand for talent in today’s climate, there are numerous career path options and means to grow for all Salesforce skill levels.

Sky Is The Limit

Salesforce is becoming a household name worldwide. With so many companies leveraging the cloud platform beyond just CRM, demand has shifted towards hiring teams of Salesforce professionals. This has created an abundance of roles to include Admin, Business Analyst, Program Manager, Architect, and Management.

Tips For Advancement

  • Attend conferences (such as Dreamforce 9/18-9/21!). Salesforce events provide a great opportunity to learn the latest announcements, meet with experts, and network!
  • Network internally.  Interview key stakeholders to understand their pain points and identify ways to provide a solution and make their lives easier via Salesforce.
  • Build by example.  Demonstrate the latest enhancements in real-time to Management (use Sandbox). You can serve as the catalyst for new projects, which may require additional responsibilities.
  • Take classes. Salesforce offers a variety of online and classroom training. Knowledge is power.
  • Get social.  The latest tech tips are easily at our disposal. @forcedotcom @hireondemand

Prime Time

It is a great time to be a Salesforce professional.  Momentum is strong and shows no sign of slowing down. This translates to a future holding endless opportunities and career trajectories!

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Cloud Developers: It’s On

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The Cloud Developer job market is hot. See how to enter or grow your career as a Force.com Developer.

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Hiring vs. Training: SFDC Admins & Force.com Developers

Monday, August 13th, 2012

In a tight market for Salesforce (SFDC) talent, many companies are asking: “Should I hire an experienced professional or train a current staff member?”

Offering a career path to existing employees can be a valuable asset. At the same time, it is critical we preserve and maximize our investment in SFDC. How do we reconcile? While customers are highly encouraged to have a minimum of one SFDC professional who possesses prior real-world experience, following are some additional factors to consider:

  • SIZE Larger SFDC instances typically translate to more complex processes and customizations.  Do you have the bandwidth to train or do you need someone to make an immediate impact?
  • USER BASE The variety of business groups using SFDC dictates complexity. It is key to have an SFDC “choreographer” who understands the impact of enhancement requests to all users and has the ability to make critical recommendations.
  • EXISTING STAFF Do you already have a seasoned SFDC Admin or Developer who has the ability AND time to mentor an internal employee? If so, and you can wait for the employee to ramp, this may be an option. You may wish to consider hiring a contractor who can contribute immediately while your employee is training.
  • SFDC STATUS Is your SFDC instance running like a well-oiled machine? Are you brand new or in need of an optimization? Established SFDC customers boasting optimal performance, adoption, and an existing “Lead SFDC Admin”, may be in a position to promote from within.
  • FUTURE PLANS Will business processes be changing significantly? Is an acquisition or merger on the horizon? If so, it will be critical to have an Admin/Developer with real-world hands-on experience as part of your team- ideally with data migration expertise.
  • EXECUTIVE ADOPTION Are executives leveraging SFDC analytics? Do they need new reports/dashboards on a regular basis? Execs are looking for good data and they want it yesterday. If you do not have a seasoned Admin, you may opt for hiring.

​In summary, several factors dictate whether it makes sense to hire a seasoned professional or to train from within.  If you have existing SFDC expertise on staff and can afford the time to train, promoting from within can be a great morale booster. With that said, it is critical to have at minimum, one seasoned Admin or Developer with real-world experience who fully understands SFDC limitations, impact and capabilities.

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Dreamforce Day 3

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Still going strong!

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Dreamforce Day 2!

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Thanks to everyone for making it a blast!

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Dreamforce 2011 has arrived! Day 1 photos!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

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Modern Dreamforce – Are You Prepared?

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Preparing for my seventh Dreamforce, I am astounded by how the event has grown. When I attended Dreamforce 2005 as a Salesforce employee, there were 3,000 attendees. This year, more than 30,000 SFDC fans are expected.   Today, we have come to expect celebrities and dignitaries such as Colin Powell, Stevie Wonder and Bill Clinton.  Given the huge popularity of modern Dreamforces with countless ways to learn, network and partay, one thing is for sure – planning ahead is a must!

Whether you are a first-time attendee or Dreamforce groupie,  following are 8 tips to consider for a stellar 2011 experience:

  1. ChatterConnect with all kinds of attendees who share something in common.
  2. Agenda Builder- Take advantage and select your sessions in advance! Some require reserved spots!
  3. 1:1 Success Clinics – Meet with a Salesforce expert to get your pressing questions answered!
  4. Developer Skills Assessments – Meet 1:1 with expert Hire On-Demand recruiters. Reserve your spot in the Attendee portal > Developer Zone
  5. Exhibitors – Lots of resources in one room to make your life more simplified. Select your top picks in advance!
  6. Comfy shoes – This will go a long way. Trust me!
  7. Follow-up Plan -  What do you hope to accomplish? What is your game plan when you return to the office?
  8. Have a rockin’ time! Metallica, Will.i.am, and parties galore. Need I say more?

A more detailed version (8/2011) may be found at our eBriefing center. Come say hello to us at Booth #1525!

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Dreamforce 2010 photos -Thursday December 9

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Final day fun!

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Dreamforce 2010 photos- Wednesday December 8

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Staffin’ and laughin’ with all our fantastic visitors!

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