Former NFL teammates develop app to aid jobless
A lot can be said for two former members of the National Football League (NFL) who are attempting to give back after their careers in the big league.
Former teammates Brandon King and Thad Turner are making the transition into the world of technology by designing a new app called GiiG. The app, developed by both men, helps job seekers apply for positions with a built-in feature that allows them send a quick video pitch and interview directly to a potential employer.
Turner has a background in business development and even assisted a friend by serving as consultant when he was opening a gym, as well as to the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. King told ABC that he taught himself to code by watching Youtube videos after he departed from the NFL around two years ago.
"The NFL kind of spoils you, it was a great experience. I never wanted to work for anybody once I came out," King told ABC. "I love the freedom and that led to entrepreneurship. I had to find some way to get there so I taught myself how to code one summer."
Turner added that he saw the issues hiring managers would face when working at the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and wanted to partner with King to help solve many of the painstaking problems of the job search process by using technology. King started work building the app and received input from Turner along the way.
"It makes everything more convenient with them being able to engage," King said. "A lot of people are still using Craigslist and now you have a chance to get a video and interview right from the platform. It's a lot of information early on in the hiring process."
Many of the jobs available on GiiG are only in Atlanta at the moment, but both King and Turner said that their focus this year will be on growing the app and making more employers and job seekers around the country aware of its existence.