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11/21/2022
Monday, November 21, 2022
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Janessa, an Experienced Career Counselor Committed to the Sabio Mission

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Janessa, an Experienced Career Counselor Committed to the Sabio Mission
Monday, November 21, 2022

Janessa, an Experienced Career Counselor Committed to the Sabio Mission

Janessa, an Experienced Career Counselor Committed to the Sabio Mission

Janessa:

I fell in love with Sabio because it's not just a bootcamp, I really wanted to bring in my knowledge as a tech recruiter so I can help the alumni obtain positions. I always do a little happy dance for them because their lives are like completely changed after this coding boot camp and I just think it's amazing. Hi, my name is Janessa Harris, I'm originally from Johnstown Pennsylvania. Right after high school I joined the army, I was in counterintelligence/interrogations and screenings overseas, and I did that for four years and then I went on to work with L3 Harris as a tech recruiter. After that I worked for myself for almost six years as a freelance project manager while I had my daughter. I joined LinkedIn and Liliana and I got connected somehow. She called me, we had a great conversation, she asked if I would meet with Nancy for a second interview. I said yes and I took the position, the power of LinkedIn!

Q: Tell us about your job at Sabio?

Janessa:

I have two job titles, I'm a career counselor and a tech recruiter. I really wanted to bring in my knowledge as a tech recruiter so I can help the alumni obtain positions through optimizing their LinkedIn, making sure their resume looks good, and also their interviewing skills because I've done so many screenings and probably hundreds at this point. I helped them by doing one on one video chats. We kind of mold their answers so when a recruiter asks them they can just tell them off the bat and they don't have to think about it. It really helps build their confidence too.

Q: What makes Sabio different than other bootcamps?

Janessa:

I fell in love with Sabio because it's not just a boot camp where you go through it and they just hand you a certificate and say good luck, they kind of walk you through the process of getting a job. Starting about two weeks out from when you graduate, that's when everybody comes to see myself or Nancy. We'll work with them on their resumes, their interviewing skills, and you have access to Sabio forever when you're an alumni. It's just amazing, I feel like I've been building really good relationships with the alumni. We did have quite a few people get offers this week, which was really exciting. I always do a little happy dance for them, because their lives are like completely changed after this coding boot camp and I just think it's amazing.

Q: What type of jobs have Sabio Alumni been getting?

Janessa:

It depends on if they graduate with just front end or full stack software engineering, so the salary will fluctuate. I've been seeing anywhere from 75k-107k right out of the bootcamp so that's pretty incredible.

Q: What will Sabio students get out of your services?

Janessa:

About two weeks out from when they graduate, they will start working with us crafting their resumes. They have to go through three phases of that to make sure the product is professional and satisfactory and a recruiter is actually going to stop, look at the resume and actually take in what they're saying. We will also work with them on their interview skills, their screening skills, their confidence, sometimes they have a bit of a confidence issue because they feel like they don't deserve a big salary right after this bootcamp. But I try to put their mind at ease, let them know that they've basically did two years of work in just four months. I mean it is a very intense boot camp and they deserve every single bit of it. Sabio has a great team of instructors, obviously career counselors, tech recruiters, Liliana is amazing, everybody really makes sure that the alumni are well taken care of.

Q: Why should people choose Sabio Coding Bootcamp?

Janessa:

First of all, joining a coding bootcamp is immensely better than trying to learn on your own on youtube, right? But if you're going to choose any bootcamp, Sabio is definitely the way to go because they take care of you from beginning to end and beyond to make sure that you land the role that you deserve and Sabio had a formula that has worked time and time again and I'm seeing the proof in the offer letters, they just make sure you're taken care of and that you actually get the position instead of just giving you a certificate. So I really enjoy working here and I can see myself here for a very long time. I really love the mission, I love that I get to support and help my fellow veterans. That was really really important to me whenever I took on this role.

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