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3 Lessons From My First Year at Salesforce

One year ago today I started working at Salesforce.

Waiting to start my first day at Salesforce
 Picture taken while I was waiting to start my first day at Salesforce.

After applying and interviewing for various positions for over six months, it felt absolutely amazing to walk into the Salesforce lobby at 50 Fremont on that first day as an actual employee rather than a wishful visitor. I even remember thinking, ‘I’ve finally arrived.’

But then that feeling quickly dissolved when I was handed a MacBook that I didn’t know how to use very well, and given a giant list of documents to review to get ‘up to speed.’ I felt completely overwhelmed and found myself wondering how I was going to learn so many things and if I would be ready for my first Dreamforce, which was only eight weeks away.

Long story short, I survived and thrived!

Although I had to learn everything on the fly, I was the lead in one of the keynote rooms and managed production requests for over 50 VIP speakers. After Dreamforce, I mostly focused on coordinating live demonstrations during the keynote at Salesforce World Tours.

Ten shows and cities later, I’ve come a long way from when I first joined this team and I still have a long way to go. Looking back over the past year, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about all the highs and lows, and reflect on what I’ve learned.

Ultimately, I narrowed it down to three lessons. Although I’ve learned these things from working at Salesforce, I’ll bet they can also help you advance at your company. If not, e-mail me about a job:)

1. Stay Hungry – It’s hard getting a job at Salesforce, it’s even harder to keep up once you get in. When I first started, someone told me that the people who do well here are the ones who stay hungry. Now that I’ve been here for a year, I know exactly what they were talking about. This company is jammed packed with smart, creative movers and shakers, who come to work ready to grow, innovate, share ideas and give back. It’s exciting to be a part of that environment, but it also means you’re expected to keep up, both in and outside of your day-to-day. Always stay hungry and you’ll never run out of new ways to grow.

2. Go Beyond Your Team – It’s good to make connections with the people you work with every day, but it’s equally important to proactively reach out to people outside your team. There are so many amazing employees around you from recent college grads to senior leadership and most are willing to grab a coffee and discuss career, life at the company or just connect. Widening your network at work can help you find more opportunities, make new connections and expand your views on projects or the company. 

3. Have Fun – No matter how stressed out or busy you are, find ways to have fun with your team. Whether you’re in the office or on the road, being able to look forward to a team dinner, happy hour or adventure are great ways to reboot and stay motivated through all the craziness. I’ve found laughing and joking can be the best stress relief, and rising to the occasion and making time to have fun, even when you’re exhausted, will help you destress, strengthen ties and give you the energy to keep on going.

What’s the biggest thing you learned during your first year at a new job?

3 thoughts on “3 Lessons From My First Year at Salesforce

  1. What I needed to know during my first year on the job was learning during that first year with first hand experiences and from who I worked and trained with. I thought that I was going to have to rely on what I learned in college. College hardly came into play the first year and to be honest with you not that much afterwards. College taught me how and where to get iand it got me excited about my chosen field. At the end of the and at the end of the first year it was all about learning by doing and paying attention. Thanks again for a great article and Congrats on your first year with Salesforce!

    1. Something happened to my posted comment above. I meant to say that college taught me how and where to get the information and it got me exited about my chosen field. At the end of the day and at the end of the first year it was all about learning by doing and paying attention…Guess I need to reread my comments before submitting.

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