Salesforce.com has few distinct product areas
- Sales cloud
- Service cloud
- Custom cloud (force.com platform)
- Marketing cloud
- Analytics cloud
Configuring Sales and Service cloud areas do not require much development skills unless you are extending the functionality, which in turn requires platform knowledge.
(please note that this book may be outdated as compared to Salesforce.com Sales Cloud version currently in production – remember the functionality is updated every 4 months however you can learn some basic concepts which do not change with every release).
The path to certification for a certified consultant is explained here : http://certification.salesforce.com/
Various career paths are available, Salesforce.com renames the certifications once in a while so best to read various options at above link.
Get to work:
http://www.odesk.com/jobs/salesforce.comfor applying for job at salesforce.com partners , goto: http://sites.force.com/appexchange/results?type=Services
and sort by “certification” to sort by size of the organization. Use LinkedIn to see who is working there and apply through them.
you can also apply at CloudGofer by going to Current openings page.