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Breaking into CRM

By IT.Consultant ·
Breaking into CRM.
After following the CRM industry for quite a while, I have decided that it's one for me. I read countless articles about industry and researched many of the big players. One company in particular has really caught my eye.

But I have no idea how to break into it. It seems that you need ridiculous amount of experience. But, at some point, each industry insider must have started somewhere. I would even pay for my own courses or seminars if I knew where to find them.

I earned 3+ years of IT experience coupled with a strong education in math & business, which I feel complement CRM projects. But I feel that my youth and unemployment will prevent for breaking in.

Can anyone who has succeeded in breaking into CRM or has overcome a similar situation share some advice with me?

Much appreciated.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Breaking into CRM

Hi,

The best way to break in for you will be via a consulting company. 3+ years of IT experience is a start, but thats all a lot of companies will see it as.. a start.

If you work for a consulting company, then you'll be able to aim for roles that will be CRM related and then you'll be able to put relevent experience on your CV.

If you dont do this, then you're going to find it very hard, indeed, to break in. This applies to pretty much any area within IT.

In a nutshell, there's no substitute for experience.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by IT.Consultant In reply to Breaking into CRM

Your answer makes sense. Many of the consulting I really want
to work are hiring people into CRM. However, like most
companies, they are hiring people with CRM skills and
experience and not with talent and adaptability. My
situation then becomes "a dog chasing its tail" and
"which comes first, the chicken or the egg" situation.

If you are in fact practicing CRM, can you at least share with
me what you did to get there? Instead of just general
guidelines, I'm looking for more specific advice.

Thanks.

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by IT.Consultant In reply to Breaking into CRM

Your answer makes sense. Many of the consulting companies I really want to work are hiring people into CRM. However, like
most companies, they are hiring people with CRM skills and
experience and not with talent and adaptability. My
situation then becomes "a dog chasing its tail" and
"which comes first, the chicken or the egg" situation.

If you are in fact practicing CRM, can you at least share with
me what you did to get there? Instead of just general
guidelines, I'm lookingfor more specific advice.

Thanks.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Breaking into CRM

Hi,

I haven't working in CRM specifically - its not the field that I'm interested in - but I have worked in the technical infrastructure side.

I originally started with a company 12 years ago as a lowely programmer and spent the next ten yearsbuilding my way up through programming, then systems programming and finally landed a job as a consultant with one of the big 5.

Now I've moved out to work for myself... but I guess "specifically" there IS no substitute for experience and the more you get, the easier it becomes to choose the roles you want.

So many people these days think that there are shortcuts to getting what they want and for some, this may be true - but to be really good at something you simply need to do it for a significant amount of time.

I guarrantee you anyone who tells you that you simply need to say "xyz..." in an interview to land a perfect job hasn't actually done it. Its wishful thinking, I'm afraid.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by IT.Consultant In reply to Breaking into CRM

Thanks for sharing your story and advice, Tim.

Instead of jumping into CRM right away, maybe I should focus
on creating career path that will lead me to it. Though, I
don't know where to start. I guess that will be the next
question I will post, aside from what you said about joining a
consulting firm.

I just don't understand why some people I know who are around
the same of age have been able to make the leap whereas I
haven't.

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