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Taking the first step into your customer success (CS) career is something we all have to do once. But how do you apply for your first CS role without having any SaaS experience? And what are some of the transferrable skills you can bring from your previous role?
Julie Raeder is a Customer Success Coach at Dooly who likes winning and working on teams to help people smash their goals. Outside of work, she’s passionate about writing, enjoys fitness and loves listening to music.
Before entering the CS world, Julie was a basketball coach and special education school teacher for over five years. Without any SaaS experience, she managed to transfer her skills from teaching children to helping customers. So, what are some of the first things you did when you decided to break into a completely new industry and role?
“I made a list of ten companies that I wanted to work for and started following them. I read a ton of books on CS and attended webinars - took notes and started learning in that way. I networked with people in the space that would answer my questions and they introduced me to other people as well which was very helpful. Once I gained my knowledge in CS, I started understanding how it’s all connected and also relates back to teaching. That’s when I could start telling my story during job interviews.”
There are a lot of people looking for jobs right now… What is your biggest piece of advice to someone transitioning into CS?
“Think about what everyone else is doing and think about how you can do the opposite and stand out. Find ways to navigate the system in a little different way. Be able to tell your story in a effective way. And then make a plan, reflect on it and revise as you go.”
Listen now to the full conversation with Julie and Anika to learn more about landing your first CS role without any SaaS experience.
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