If you’re someone looking to launch a career in tech or make the transition into the industry, Ruben Harris and his team at Career Karma are your guys!
AfroTech’s Will Lucas had the chance to sit down with the Bay Area transplant from Atlanta, Georgia to discuss how the app helps job training programs find qualified applicants.
As the CEO and co-founder of Career Karma and someone who was once like the job seekers looking for an opportunity within their respective fields, Harris first broke into his career within technology after writing a viral blog post called Breaking Into Startups.
It was this blog post that showed how he was able to move to San Francisco without a job before landing a position just three weeks later.
During the Black Tech, Green Money podcast, Harris shares how he used his same motivation and hunger for breaking into tech to develop his platform in response to the thousands of emails that followed the viral post with other users hoping to have the same success.
“The reason that was kind of powerful for me was because it forced me to do it,” said Harris on why it was vital that he landed a job after listing out all the reasons someone would not hire him and declaring that he would become hired within his blog post. He said: “because I told people that I was going to do this thing if I didn’t I [knew] I would be embarrassed.”
Harris said Career Karma is “the easiest way to find a job training program online.” He also walks us through how this platform not only helps you find that training but will match you with other people who share similar struggles in landing a job through a small group called a “squad.”
Harris gives us insight on how the app allows users to choose from six different career paths within the tech industry, ultimately helping them to find a job anywhere between three to 12 months, making an average salary of $70,000 to $100,000.
For more on Harris and his platform, Career Karma, listen to the full Black Tech, Green Money episode of Cashing In on the Future of Work below: