4 Things to Understand About Assisting Ex-Offenders with Employment

By Debra Ann Matthews

Many people who’ve paid their debt to society and are now ready to work in jobs and/or career areas may not have the right words to verbalize their passion and desire to help the workforce meet company goals. Others need a bit of help showcasing their dependable work histories via key employability skills that are of interest to managers looking to hire talent. Don’t be put off by your relationship with the United State Prison or Parole System. Over 700,000 people annually leave a relationship with the system and seek out job opportunities. Be encouraged, consider these 4 things and use it to help ex-offenders and those with felonies reap a positive employment search.

No one is unemployable!
No one is unemployable!

You will be thrilled to learn:

#1 Even while incarnated, former inmates developed skills of note that helped meet goals in the detention centers and facilities where they served. Each facility offers standard classes on decision making skills and work related skills. In addition, inmates are hired to perform much production, landscaping, and intense cleaning duties while incarcerated that are ideal for workers looking for talent with experience. These skills can be noted in such a way as to elicit interviews and interest from hiring managers who are sympathetic to their status as felons.

#2 Many inmates served as peer advisors, lead work teams, and explained policies and procedures to younger inmates. These experiences can be linked to potential jobs that require the same skills, especially for those persons who are Veterans, trained accountants, and have college degrees.

#3 Some people are placed directly on parole and never have to actually serve jail time and are highly likely to possess talent and skills and are experts in safety and standard operating procedures. Many will also have training in the medical field, construction, legal profession. Encourage them to look for WIA (Workforce Investment Act) supported training dollar to assist with taking certifications and earning CEU units (continuing education) to help them to become job ready.

#4 Use all of their experiences, both while incarcerated and while on parole as jewels for creating resumes full of value, skills, and expertise that are wanted in the work place. Coin soft skills and hard skills on resumes, bios, and cover letters to help offer ex-felons and those on parole to develop compelling messages for recruiters and hiring managers showcasing how you’ve overcome your barrier to employment and are ready to shine in the workforce!

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