Getting into Salesforce as a Diversity Recruiter using my FREE Resources – Afton’s Story | Life In Tech by Bessy Tam

Getting into Salesforce as a Diversity Recruiter using my FREE Resources – Afton’s Story

Published on 11 February 2021 by Bessy Tam | Filed in Testimonials

"I'm a recruiter! I've come from a recruitment background. And even for me, it was at a different level getting into tech and being new to the industry… Bessy has the professional experience and relatability. And following the formula that Bessy teaches really works. If you do it, follow Bessy’s formula, you will be able to be successful. … There's no way that I could be able to say that I'm going to be a senior recruiter at Salesforce, if it wasn't for Bessy’s support, if it wasn't for her knowledge. so thank you so much.”

Afton's words said it all.

If Afton used my free strategies to get into her dream job at Salesforce without a technical background, so can you!

She's was doing all the stereotypical things:

  • applying online
  • revamping her resume millions of times
  • bringing her resume anywhere where I saw a role that looked enticing
  • reaching out to people here and there because I recognized that networking was important

but was still not getting any results from it.

Afton was able to use the strategies I taught in my free 10-day webinar to land her dream job at Salesforce as a Senior Diversity Recruiter


Without further ado, here’s Afton sharing her story in her own words:

Challenges

Doing all the stereotypical things in a job search but not getting results

My challenge before found Bessy's free 10 days to tech webinar series was probably all the stereotypical challenges you can think of when you're having a long drawn out job search.

I was doing all the stereotypical things:

  • Applying online
  • Revamping my resume millions of times
  • Bringing my resume anywhere where I saw a role that looked enticing
  • Reaching out here and there because I did recognize that networking was important

but still I really was not getting any results from it.

It came to a point to where it almost seemed either impossible. I read articles about how hard it is to get into a top firm. And so it was getting a little depressing and I got to the point to where I gave up a bit.

I was in my job search and I watched people get roles and get promotions while I was still where I started. I was really frustrated and didn’t know what i was doing wrong.

I didn’t have a clear understanding, I didn’t have a clear strategy, and I didn’t know where I fit in. When understanding my goals and my background, I how does that fit in in terms of landing a role?

Afton didn’t know she wanted to get into tech

I didn’t know I wanted to get into tech in the first place.

I worked at Emory university for five years and I reached out to a gentleman who was an Emory alum. He referred me for roles at Boston consulting group since he was the recuitment manager there but nothing really happened. Afterwards, I saw he made the transition to VMware and I saw a contract role that was available so I reached out again to him after a few months.

He sent my resume to the hiring manager and I remembered going into the kitchen, coming back and checking my phone and the hiring manager reached out to me.

In that short span of time, um, we had set up a phone screen, conducted the phone screen and she hired me on the spot and it was awesome.

When I started working at VMware, the light bulb went off and said, “Oh, this is the type of industry. This is the company that I wanted to be in.”

I didn’t expand my horizons before because I didn't even have tech on my radar [and was targeting big accounting firms]

After a while, I thought that maybe my contract would be extended. But unfortunately it was not. My contract ended in April of 2020.

Afton found Bessy’s Free 10 Days to Tech Webinar online

Now the light bulb went off. I recognized that I wanted to be in tech, but I knew that there were some skills, there was some strategy that I needed to learn that I currently did not have at the time.

So I was really reading articles, looking at Linkedin and Instagram, and found Bessy’s 10 days to tech free webinar series.

And I knew that that was the information that I was lacking in order to be able to reach my goal. So that's how I ended up, joining the 10 days to tech webinar.

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Learning from Bessy's Free Resources

Well, there were so many ways that I changed my strategy with Bessy’s help.

This transition was possible

Bessy made it clear that this was not impossible because at the time, if I'm being honest, it felt impossible.

With the amount of time that I had been in the job search and then losing hoping from vmware since my contract ended, I was feeling low.

Bessy made it clear that this is not impossible because of her own story of how she got into tech.

It was clear that following the strategy, following the formula that Bessy teaches really works. If you do it, follow Bessy’s formula, you will be able to be successful. 

The importance of networking & outreaches

Bessy taught me the importance of networking and the outreaches.

Previously, I was doing it a little bit here and there obviously that's how I got into VM-ware as a contract role in the first place, but not on the scale that I should have been doing it.

In the 10 days to Tech webinar series, Bessy taught me that should be doing at least 10 to 15 outreaches per week.

I was doing nowhere near that.

Previously I was aiming to have one outreach conversation that was going to accomplish the whole goal of getting the dream job, but Bessy taught me that it just doesn't work that way. Even when you have successful outreach, it's about:

  • building a longer term relationship
  • having 10 to 15 successful outreaches per week
  • having a strategy as a next step, not just a one-off conversation but about how can you successfully maneuver from one conversation to the next that's going to ultimately lead to the bigger goal.

I also didn't have the perspective of what to say in different situations and how I wanted to phrase a specific email. So Bessy was able to support me on that

The Importance of Focus

The most important thing Bessy taught me was the importance of focus, to zero in on “what do you want?”

Previously I was all over the place. I really didn't have a focus because I was in a mode of “I just need a job”

Through Bessy, I learned that If I wanted to get into tech, tech is looking for specialists. Tech is looking for people who are masters at what they do. Sothe “Jack of all trades” doesn’t really doesn't work.

Bessy taught me how to focus on:

  • my skillset
  • the strategies
  • one specific thing at a time
  • what I really wanted

If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want and what you’re aligned to do, It's going to come out in the interview process just because of the way tech interviews are set up.

Having Bessy's Ultimate Interview Prep Guide as Afton's "Best Friend"

I would definitely say the ultimate interview guide will be your best friend, because interviews in this industry are at a completely different level, especially when I’m new to this industry.

And I'm, I'm a recruiter! I've come from a recruitment background. And even for me, it was at a different level. So being prepared is no joke.

That document really walks you through

  • The bigger components of what the interviewers are looking for
  • Why they're asking the questions that they're asking
  • The best interview strategy
  • Understanding the job description
  • Predicting the questions they will ask in interviews based upon the job description and your 10 to 15 outreaches that you should have already done

This way you could be strategic about preparing for the interview. So I feel like the Ultimate Interview Guide is your best friend.

The Results

I ended up getting into Salesforce as a Senior Recruiter .

This is a company that I had done outreaches for and built a relationship with it. It wasn't a one-off conversation that I had that led to my job offer. I cultivated these relationships for almost a year and was able to use this connection to be able to connect me to my current role now.

This job offer also came from a decline of a previous job interview with Salesforce. I originally had an outreach with a gentleman who worked as a University Talent. I saw a role for an internal career recruiter which he referred me for and I went through the interview process. I wasn't selected for that role but the interviewers talked very highly of me to the recruiter.

They mentioned that they thought I was great and maybe a fit for another role. The recruiter took their feedback and actually suggested a role that I wasn't even looking at. I was able to meet with the hiring manager as well as the rest of the team pretty quickly and I recently found out that I was selected! So it's a senior recruiter role. Yeah,

What Should Future Clients & Readers Expect from Bessy?

Feel at Ease

They should expect to feel at ease that they're getting insight from a professional and someone who's actually been through the process.

It was so helpful to hear that Bessy’s journey is similar to the people who are coming to see her; and Bessy able to successfully successfully make that transition

Bessy didn’t come from the world of knowing exactly how to get into tech either. It was something that she learned and cultivated. So being able to have that professional experience, relatability, and someone who can show you exactly the strategies that you need to do was really great.

A Roadmap & Accountability

There’s no more of this “figuring it out.” Instead, Bessy provides a roadmap to be able to get into tech.

Bessy can also give you accountability, I loved how she would reach out to me at the perfect time. There were times when I I had questions, I would say to myself, “No, I don't want to ask her” or “I don't want to bug her” but Bessy would just reach out to me and give me guidance and that insight that I needed at that time. It was perfect.

students should expect not only a roadmap, not only strategies and a direct formula, they should expect to have hands-on support. I don't know how Bessy does it. Being able to work her full-time job and still being able to give me so much support. It really was amazing.

I felt supported the whole way. And, thank you. There's no way that I could be able to say that I'm going to be a senior recruiter at Salesforce, if it wasn't for Bessy’s support, if it wasn't for her knowledge. so thank you so much.


Applying to tech companies but
getting crickets? I’ve been there!

Get the FREE 7-day email course to understand:

  • Is Tech Even Right For You?
  • What Your Natural Entry Point Could Be in Tech (includes a comprehensive worksheet)
  • The Top 5 Mistakes You’re Making Right Now
  • The Resume Revamp Checklist
  • Top Questions to Expect in a Tech Interview and How to Tackle Them
  • Tips and Tricks to Negotiate What You Want in the Interview Process

BONUS the exact resume I used to get a 100% interview to offer rate!

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About the Author

Bessy Tam is a career coach who helps busy professionals get into their dream non-tech job in tech. She’s helped dozens of clients get interviews and offers from companies such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Amazon, Babbel, & More. She currently works at Google in Chicago.

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