There is a population of people you are probably ignoring who can help you fill some of your positions
I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com, and JobSearchCoachingHQ, com. I worked in as a recruiter for more than 40 years before transitioning into coaching. In doing that, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what firms look for when they hire. I now coach people, with regards to their job search, with hiring more effectively, with doing a better job in the workforce, being a better manager.
This is a video to talk with those of you who are involved with hiring. Now, there’s certain professions that this won’t apply to; they won’t have the training. But, I think in terms of giving ex offenders a chance to reposition into the organization because it’s a large population.
Obviously, they’re not going to be trained, at this point to be manufacturing engineers, or software developers. However, there are skills and work experience these people have that can be effective in your offices. They can be effective in your plants and other types of roles, that, if you open yourself up to them, you could fill more positions, and they will work for you very hard. If they don’t, get rid of them, just like you would within with someone who’s not an ex-offender.
The goal here is, from my vantage point, there are jobs and there are people available. Not every job requires a lot of skills. You could be involved with hiring as a government individual, or private sector. Makes no difference. Many of these people come with supports in place from social services, and social workers who will help them remain on the straight and narrow, will help them stay in the program (And I’ll language it that way) so that you get an individual who will work hard for you and care and do the right stuff and fill your requirements and do it well.
Now, again, obviously, like with any employee, if they don’t do a good job, you fire them. But there are a lot of jobs that these people can do for you if only you’re opening yourself up to them. Why don’t you do a little research, figure it out for yourself, contact the Goodwill office near you, or any other place that supports ex-offenders transitioning to the workplace. Do your homework so that you understand and can feel comfortable with this because I know you’re not going to do it based upon what I say. You’ve got to find this out for yourself and propose it internally. Try it. Do your homework, do your research comes to your own conclusion.
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.
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