How to switch to Salesforce Developer from Testing (Reply reader’s email)

I have received an email from a reader of, asking how to switch from a testing background to Salesforce. This is one of the most common questions. So I think posting the email and my reply here would be helpful.

Reader’s email:

Greetings for the day.

I found your website very interesting and helpful.

I have a query regarding the Salesforce jobs. I am in manual Testing now and i have 1.5 years of experience but i want to switch from testing to Saleforce. It would be helpful if you tell me if it is possible and if yes, how it can be done.
I have gained some trainings for Admin & Development from an institute located in Noida, But I think i need some better practice in Apex & Visualforce.
Could you please help me out in giving me some suggestions regarding the same?
Currently I am working in Noida in a France based MNC.

Arun Gupta

Lance’s reply:

Hi Arun,

Thank you for contacting me.

First, that is definitely possible. How do I know it? Because I myself is coming from a Testing background.

I used to work as a Tester just like you do for 8 years. Then one evening, my previous employer – SMS Management and Technology – had some guests coming from Salesforce who gave us an excellent talk about what Salesforce is and how it works. After that talk, SMS told us (all the employees) that if any of us who is interested in learning Salesforce, they can help provide the material and we can follow the career path.

I was lucky that SMS helped providing a platform for me to learn and helped getting me some initial projects to actually work on – which was not very related to coding though. But generally speaking, I learnt Salesforce, including platform, apex, Visualforce and all the other stuffs by myself. My colleagues at SMS has helped a lot pointing me to the right documents. Then I read and gained my Certification (401 at that time).

Although SMS was trying to help me finding an Salesforce opportunity, it is really hard to. Because as a consultant, clients would assume me had some practical experience. So after doing some misc work for Salesforce in SMS then back to testing for a couple of months, I decided to move on to pursue my career as a Salesforce Developer. Since I did do some practice and learning in my spare time, I passed my first job interview as a Salesforce developer without too much trouble.

The initial working as a Salesforce Dev was tough, as I don’t have much knowledge about JavaScript and although I am graduated as a CS bachelor, I haven’t touched coding for many years. And it turns out that I can pick them all up in just two to three months. After that, I became very productive and competent in my job.

That was my story. Good thing is I hope it can inspire you a little bit since I am coming from a very similar background. But the bad part is, you need to wait for the opportunity to start as Salesforce Developer. You can follow my path, but there is no money-back guarantee that if you follow a certain path, you are sure to find a job within a certain timeframe. It is all depending on the opportunity (interviews you can get) and your skillset during that time.

However, for me, I strongly believe that if you strive to it, you will definitely be able to get a Salesforce dev job. The market is still hungry for Salesforce developers.

Here, I can give you some suggestions, these will help you getting into Salesforce developer area, and hopefully you will get your first job by following these suggestions:

1. Get Salesforce certified. If you don’t have prior Salesforce working experience, I would highly recommend getting Salesforce certified. Nowadays, one certification doesn’t seem to be very impressive, so just get more of them!

2. Join Salesforce community. Join your local meetup groups and meet Salesforce Devs in your area. They can probably give you a reference. Also, do participate in Salesforce success community and Salesforce stackexchange. That’s a good way to get connected with people already inside the circle. It is also a good way of proving yourself.

3. Polish your linked profile. Many recruiters are seeking competent Salesforce developer through linkedin search. So make sure your linkedin profile looks good and relevant to Salesforce development.

4. Learn and practice as much as you can. You really don’t want to lose any opportunity if you got an interview. Aside from, I recommend learning from Salesforce’s trailhead. I myself had more than 60 badges now and I find it an effective and fun way to learn through trailhead.

Will you be sure to find your first Salesforce developer job by following those steps? Well, honestly, I can’t guarantee you. But the chances are pretty high. And I do believe if you strive to it, you will definitely succeed!


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  1. Ancilla - May 15, 2017 @ 12:12 pm

    Hi LanceShi,

    Thanks for sharing this post. It was truly insightful.

  2. homepage - July 21, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

    Your means of telling everything in this article is really nice, every one be capable of effortlessly be aware of it, Thanks a lot.

  3. Amit - October 17, 2017 @ 5:42 am

    Hi Lance,

    I have no experience in coding and i would be interested in taking career path as Salesforce Business Analyst.
    What is your advice on that. I have already completed Admin beginner module and couple of other modules from trail head.

    Also if i need to start in development from which language i need to start.


  4. Smithb61 - December 23, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

    As a Newbie, I am continuously searching online for articles that can aid me. Thank you bkdacddecebeeede

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