Need A Job

Thousands of inmates are released each year without a job or access to job training. Employment after incarceration is key to successful re-entry. We’re here to help you find the resources you need to find a job or job training in your area.

 

Ohio Means Jobs

Located at Lake County Department of Job and Family Services.

Ohio Means Jobs offers in-person assistance at the Painesville office for employers and job seekers. Job seekers can also use OhioMeansJobs.com as an online career counselor. You can plan your career, search jobs, build and post your resume, and find potential workforce programs to assist in skills training.

For more information, visit http://www.lakecountyohio.gov/omjlake or call 440-350-4000.

Staffing Agencies

A staffing or temp agency can assist to people in attaining a job. Many employers are looking to hire reliable people regardless of criminal background. Here are a few staffing agencies currently looking for employees:

Eliminate a barrier to employment

New incentive programs have been created to encourage employers to hire those who need a second chance. From the federal level down to local ordinances, there are a number of legal barriers and challenges that can make it difficult for someone with a criminal history to get a job. There are resources to help you get around these challenges.

Citizen Circle

Each month, community members meet with those who have barriers in life due to their criminal background. Maybe you feel frustrated because you haven’t found a job or you are having trouble adjusting now that you are back home. Those are very common experiences. Citizen Circle will listen to what is most important to you and give referrals that support your goals. There is no judgment at Citizen Circle. We focus on your strengths and move forward. By participating in Citizen Circle, it may open opportunities that you didn’t know where available. Click here.

Certification of Qualification of Employment

While some people think that the only way to get a job after receiving a felony is to settle for a job they don’t want, or to expunge their records, CQEs offer a different route. CQEs do not expunge any record, what they do is create relief from mandatory restrictions that stem from laws that prevent people with specific criminal records from working or being licensed in certain fields. For more information, visit drc.ohio.gov/cqe.

Federal Bonding

The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) provides fidelity bonds to employers, giving them access to job seekers and opening doors of opportunity where none existed. The bonds issued by the FBP guarantee the job honesty of job seekers to employers who want to hire them. Employers receive the bonds – starting at $5,000 value – free-of-charge as an incentive to hire these applicants and is designed to reimburse the employer for any loss due to employee theft of money or property. For more information, visit drc.ohio.gov/federal-bonding.

Expungement

Expungement is the same as sealing a record. It is a court process that allows you to have any and all reference to a prior criminal conviction cleared and your court file sealed. It is just as if you were never convicted of the crime. For more information, visit www.reentrycoalition.ohio.gov.

Child Support Issues

If you need help filing for child support, paying for child support, establishing paternity, or adjusting your child support, visit www.lakecountyohio.gov/lcojfs/childsupport

Equal Opportunity Employment Commission

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. For more information, visit www.eeoc.gov

Ohio Means Jobs

Ohio Means Jobs is an online resource for employers and job seekers. Job seekers can use OhioMeansJobs.com as an online career counselor. You can plan your career, search jobs, build and post your resume, and find potential workforce programs to assist in skills training. For more information, visit www.lakecountyohio.gov/omjlake or call 440-350-4000.

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