Temporary Agencies are a good Choice for Ex-offenders and Felons
Several of my blog posts make reference to ex-offenders and felons using temporary employment agencies to find jobs. Often when temporary employees prove to be good workers, employers are willing to hire them as regulars.
I teach my students that there is a strategy to using temporary agencies to get jobs. There are temporary agencies that handle just about any type of work you can think of. There are others that are agency specific for example, there are some agencies that cater to the medical field and others may cater to restaurants and food service. Check your local telephone directory to get a list of agencies in your area.
For an ex-offenders or felon, the approach to getting hired has to be a little different than a regular job seeker. From my point of view, there are two types of agencies, nationwide agencies and local, independently owned companies.
Below is a list of nation-wide temporary/permanent employment agencies with links to their respective websites:
This is just a small list and some allow job seekers to apply online or submit resumes. I'm not sure exactly what their respective policies are regarding hiring ex-offenders and felons.
Independent AgenciesIndependent agencies, in my opinion, offer the best opportunities for ex-offenders and felons to get hired. Often the larger corporate agencies have corporate policies that forbid the hiring of an ex-offender or felon. With smaller companies, you will more often than not interview with the owner or manager that has the power to hire anyone that person feels is best for an assignment.
Make a list of temporary agencies in your area from the telephone book. Visit them and apply just as you would any other job. Have your resume with you to leave along with your application.
Remind the interviewer that you can be bonded by the Federal Bonding Program. The Federal Bonding Program encourages businesses to hire at-risk, hard-to-place job seekers by providing insurance policies that protect against employee theft or dishonesty. Refer to the video below for more information on the Federal Bonding Program.
Also remind the interviewer about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. The employer would be eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,400 for hiring you if you have been released in the past year.