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Mo Salem on achieving the Salesforce CTA and working with the platform across the globe

Mo Salem on achieving the Salesforce CTA and working with the platform across the globe

June 15, 2021

In today's episode, we're joined by Salesforce CTA and Director at Deloitte in Sydney, Mo Salem. 

He shares his early career and background, how he became a part of the Salesforce ecosystem, and how he has climbed the career ladder with strong company tenure.
 
Hailing from Egypt and having also spent time working in Dubai and London, Mo explains his move to Australia, his reasons for selecting this part of the world, and how each of the four locations contributed in their own right to the Salesforce journey that he has embarked upon up until now.
 
Having recently achieved his CTA credential, he talks us through his preparation, self-motivation, and experience of pursuing the ambitious goal, plus how it felt when he finally passed.
 
Mo shares valuable tips and advice in this episode for putting your best foot forward, preparing yourself for possible failure, getting your family on board with the commitment, and how he found time to study.
 
Make sure you're following Mo on LinkedIn to stay connected, and that you check out our episode sponsors, FlowRepublic for details about their Elite Salesforce Academy coaching.
 
We hope you enjoy the episode!
Adam Best on the growing DevOps space

Adam Best on the growing DevOps space

June 8, 2021
In today's episode, we're joined by Senior Program Architect at Salesforce, Adam Best.
 
Adam returns to the podcast to give us an update on his specialist area of DevOps, which is an ever growing part of the world of delivery within the Salesforce space. 
 
As more businesses embrace DevOps as a part of their delivery process, we discuss how this impacts on the talent pipeline for specialists with skills in this area.
 
As opportunity continues to grow for people to transition their Salesforce careers into the DevOps vertical, we discuss the differences between DevOps roles and similar roles such as the Release Engineer, exploring the part that tooling products play. We discuss how those with a non-technical background can become specialists in delivery, and the skills and traits that are the most beneficial for success.
 
Adam shares what keeps him excited to be a part of the Salesforce ecosystem and why he believes that the rest of the decade will be exciting for the company's growth.
 
We always enjoy hearing from Adam, as an enthusiastic advocate of the Trailblazer and someone who contributes his time generously to the Salesforce community.  Make sure you're following him on LinkedIn, and that you connect with him if you have any questions on the subject of DevOps.
 
We hope you enjoy the episode!
 
Mustafa Parekh on building a successful Salesforce freelance career

Mustafa Parekh on building a successful Salesforce freelance career

June 1, 2021
In today's episode, we're joined by the Founder of Salesforce freelancing platform, SalesforceWorks, and consulting practice, HTTPeak, Mustafa Parekh.
 
Mustafa shares the story of his own Salesforce career, and what led him to launch SalesforceWorks, as freelancing continues to pick up pace within the Salesforce ecosystem.
 
He explains the differences between freelancing and contracting, the benefits of both, and the challenges that people can often encounter when first entering into the freelance world.
 
We talk about how a freelancer can make sure that they remain competitive and up-to-date with the evolution of the platform, and the client servicing skills that they need, to ensure success.
 
Make sure you're following Mustafa on LinkedIn, and that you check out SalesforceWorks to find out how the platform could assist you in sourcing talent for your business, or freelance projects as a resource.
 
If you're interested in Salesforce freelancing, or you're a Salesforce freelancer who is finding winning projects challenging, then make sure you download Mustafa's e-book, Insider Tips to Lift up Your Freelancing Business
 
We'd like to thank our episode sponsors, FormAssembly for their support in bringing you this episode. 
 
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We hope you enjoy the episode!
How to ask for a Salesforce pay rise with Ben Duncombe

How to ask for a Salesforce pay rise with Ben Duncombe

May 25, 2021

In today's episode, Ben talks Salesforce salaries. You may have heard that Salesforce salaries are on the rise and that counteroffers are becoming more frequent, and so Ben gives his candid insights on this topic, and what it means for you in your current role or job search.

 
He gives his tips on the best way to approach asking for and securing a pay rise, and the important steps to take when you're considering whether you should pursue a higher remuneration.
 
Make sure you grab yourself a copy of our Salesforce Market Survey for the data around current market trends, and that you're following Ben on LinkedIn for further content Salesforce truth bombs and content.
 
To calculate your salary and income adjustments, visit Pay Calculator.com.au
 
We hope you find the episode useful! If you do, please do let us know in your podcast reviews
BONUS Q&A: Salesforce careers and the current market with Sebastian Wagner and Ben Duncombe

BONUS Q&A: Salesforce careers and the current market with Sebastian Wagner and Ben Duncombe

May 18, 2021

In today’s bonus episode, we’re joined by the Founder of Salesforce Architect Academy, FlowRepublic, Sebastian Wagner, to talk through trends we're seeing in the Salesforce ecosystem.

Ben swaps hosting seats with Sebastian in this episode, and this week is answering questions himself around what he's seeing with Salesforce salaries, working patterns, and what people are seeking in their work as we move further into 2021. 

From a different perspective on another continent, in a coach and leadership role with his FlowRepublic business, Sebastian shares his own insights, and what excites him for the evolution of the Salesforce ecosystem. 

Make sure you’re following Sebastian on LinkedIn for upcoming content, and that you check out the FlowRepublic website to find out more about the programs discussed in this episode.

We hope you enjoy the chat!

Meradith Stretz on developing her skills to build a successful freelance Salesforce career

Meradith Stretz on developing her skills to build a successful freelance Salesforce career

May 11, 2021
In today's episode, we're joined by freelance Salesforce Administrator and Manager, all the way from Kansas City in the USA, Meradith Stretz.
 
Meradith shares her journey into the world of I.T and Salesforce, having excelled in the Arts in her education and early career, and how that came about.
 
She talks us through the challenges she's overcome in her previous roles, how she has built on and progressed her skills, and her approach to self-learning.
 
Meradith takes a strategic approach when working with new customers, and she explains how she's able to add value quickly, and drive adoption through the angle of understanding.
 
Meradith's story is inspiring, and it's a candid chat where we explore self-doubt and believing in ourselves to achieve greatness.
 
Make sure you're following Meradith on LinkedIn, and a big thank you to Chris Hopper for making the introduction.
 
Enjoy the episode!
PART 2: Ben Duncombe on the ANZ Salesforce Talent Survey 2021: Insights

PART 2: Ben Duncombe on the ANZ Salesforce Talent Survey 2021: Insights

May 4, 2021
In this week’s episode, we cover the results of Talent Hub’s annual ANZ Salesforce Survey, of which Part 2 focuses on the results from Salesforce professionals.
 
You can download your copy of the ANZ Salesforce Market Survey here. In this podcast, listen to Ben’s response to the data, what he believes that it means and why, and how it compares to what he’s seeing on the ground day-to-day.
 
We look at what Salesforce professionals look for in a new role, where their ambitions lie, and where they most want to work, amongst other data points.
 
You can also take a peek back at our 2020 survey to see how the market has evolved over the last 12 months.
 
We hope that you enjoy the episode!
 
PART 1: Ben Duncombe on the ANZ Salesforce Manager Survey 2021: Insights

PART 1: Ben Duncombe on the ANZ Salesforce Manager Survey 2021: Insights

April 27, 2021
In this week's episode, we cover the results of Talent Hub's annual ANZ Salesforce Survey, of which Part 1 focuses on the results from Salesforce managers, followed by next week, where we bring you insights from Salesforce professionals.
 
You can download your copy of the ANZ Salesforce Market Survey here, and in this podcast, listen to Ben's response to the data, what he believes that it means and why, and how it compares to what he's seeing on the ground day-to-day.
 
We look at what Salesforce managers are prioritising when making new hires, how many expect to expand their teams in the next 12 months, and which Salesforce-related Clouds/products are predicted to see the most growth, amongst other data points.
 
Whilst this survey relates to the Australia and New Zealand regions, we'd love to know whether it falls in line with your region. Tell us in a written review in whichever app you use to listen to your podcasts what you're seeing, as we're keen to hear from other regions.
 
You can also take a peek back at our 2020 survey to see how the market has evolved over the last 12 months.
 
We hope that you enjoy the episode!
Fahad Akhtar on helping other aspiring Salesforce CTAs pass the Review Board

Fahad Akhtar on helping other aspiring Salesforce CTAs pass the Review Board

April 20, 2021

In today's episode we're joined by Salesforce CTA and Global CTA Academy Lead at Accenture, Fahad Akhtar.

 
He shares his early career and background, including his early roles and projects as he became a part of the Salesforce ecosystem.
 
Hailing from Pakistan, Fahad explained his move to Australia, his reasons for selecting this part of the world, and how he stepped up from a Technical Consultant to a Technical Architect through the transition.
 
Having achieved his CTA credential a few years ago, he talks us through his preparation, gaps, self-motivation, and experience of pursuing the ambitious goal, plus how it felt when he finally passed.
 
Today Fahad supports others in achieving the CTA through the Global CTA Academy that he leads, and he shares valuable tips and advice in this episode for putting your best foot forward.
 
Make sure you're following Fahad on LinkedIn to stay connected, and that you check out our episode sponsors, FlowRepublic for details about their Elite Salesforce Academy coaching.
 
We hope you enjoy the episode!
Carl Vescovi on the evolution of the Salesforce market in ANZ and his views on the current market

Carl Vescovi on the evolution of the Salesforce market in ANZ and his views on the current market

April 13, 2021
In today's episode, we speak with Senior Principal at Slalom in Victoria, Australia, Carl Vescovi.
 
Carl has a unique perspective on the Salesforce market in the ANZ region given that he was one of the early professionals in the space and so we were interested to hear what it was really like back then. We hear about what implementations typically looked like in the past, as well as the Salesforce talent pool and how it has evolved.
 
We look back at his previous roles and how he was first drawn into the Salesforce space, including transitioning from sales into delivery, and what he has learned from his broad range of experiences.
 
We look at the elements that are challenging for customers in the current market and given the growing number of vacant Salesforce Developer roles which currently exist in an environment which increasingly favours clicks over code, why this could be the case. What does a Senior Developer actually look like in 2021?
 
Carl has built solutions himself which he shares with other Salesforce professionals and so we were interested to hear more about them, as well as what keeps him engaged and excited about the future of the platform.
 
Make sure you're following Carl on LinkedIn and we hope you enjoy the episode!
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