My name is Harley Blakeman. I am one of the roughly twenty million Americans living with a felony criminal record. As an entrepreneur, my company has taken a pain point that millions face daily and turned it into a viable business – www.HonestJobs.co – a free-to-use, national fair-chance employment platform.
Every year, nearly 700,000 people are released from prison. Unfortunately, these individuals can find themselves locked out of the job market due to outdated employment practices that continue to present barriers to their hiring. With the unemployment rate below 4 percent, however, this is no longer a practical strategy for organizations.
When it comes to hiring bias in America, some of the groups often targeted include older workers, obese people, and people with a criminal record.
SHRM decided to try and make an impact and help those with criminal records get hired with their new initiative called: Getting Talent Back to Work.
I admit it. I have been one of those HR people reluctant to hire ex-offenders under the assumption that once trouble – always trouble.
Do you know someone with a criminal record?
President Donald Trump said no one wins when people with criminal backgrounds are unable to adjust to life outside prison. It’s a waste of human capital, he said.
With today’s near record-low unemployment rate, HR professionals and employers are increasingly willing to tap underrepresented groups to fill the skills gaps in the American workforce.
Our prisons are broken. The United States is home to 4.4 percent of the world's population but nearly 25 percent of the world's inmates. And while the goal of incarceration is to produce law-abiding and rehabilitated citizens, 75 percent of released prisoners are arrested again after five years.
On January 23, @shrmnextchat held a special Tuesday edition of #Nextchat: SHRM Live 2018 -- Leveraging Untapped Talent Pools to Help Your Business Thrive, where we carried the SHRM LIVE 18 virtual event conversation to Twitter to hear from HR and recruiting professionals from around the world about how they’re leveraging untapped talent pools in their talent acquisition strategies.