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Resources for IDES Employment

Posted by Kevin W Womble Sr on November 11, 2010 at 9:32 PM Comments comments (0)

http://www.ides.state.il.us/exoffenders/

 

 For the Chicaga area

Information for South Minneapolis area

Posted by Kevin W Womble Sr on November 11, 2010 at 2:44 PM Comments comments (0)

Job Training Programs for Ex Offenders

 

These organizations in South Minneapolis can help you get the job training you need:

 

AMICUS

RECONNECT

15 5th St. S Suite 1100

Phone: (612)348-8570

Services: Provides re-entry help to ex-offenders for finding employment, as well as housing, education, and more. Call Ruth Johnson at (612)348-8570 or click here for more information.

 

EMERGE

Northside Jobs Connection

2507 Fremont Ave. N

Phone: (612)529-9267

Services: Northside Jobs Connections helps people with barriers to employment, including a criminal record. They can help you with work readiness, resume building, interview skills, transportation, and more. Call for more information.

 

EMERGE Staffing

Temporary Employment

1101 W Broadway

Phone: (612)787-3777

Services: Provides temporary employment opportunities, as well as support for you as you look for employment. EMERGE Staffing has computers, printers, phones, and fax machines, and can help you with transportation. Click here for more information, or call (612)787-3777.

 

Goodwill/Easter Seals

ReEntryWorks

Phone: (651)288-0324

Services: ReEntryWorks is a program for men who have recently been released from prison. You can receive training, help with resumes or job searches, and more. Click here for more information, or call (651)288-0324.

Eligibility Requirements: You must be 18 years or older, released from prison in Minnesota in the past 90 days, and ready and able to start working 32 hours a week immediately.

 

PPL Industries

Industry Training Program

1179 15th Ave. SE

Phone: (612) 332-0664

Services: Offers training in light assembly and manufacturing skills. This is a long-term paid training program which will allow you to build a steady work history. Candidates with a criminal background welcome. To apply, visit PPL Industries and complete an application. There is a waiting list.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am – 4pm

 

PPL SHOP

Retail Training Program

850 15th Ave. NE

Phone: (612) 789-3322

Services: Warehouse and customer service paid training program in a retail environment. This is a paid training program that will allow you to build a work history and develop a reputation for dependability and responsibility. Limited positions are available. Call Wayne at 612-789-3322 x204 or drop by for more information.

Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4pm

 

 

Interviewing Strategies - It's All About Sales

Posted by Jaxi West on November 7, 2010 at 3:27 PM Comments comments (0)

As someone who has gone through more interviews than you can imagine, including some of the most intense (government, pharmaceutical sales) and thousands of others in multiple states and cities in multiple industries and for multiple positions, I think I could actually call myself somewhat of a guru on interviews. :) Thankfully, gone are all those days - and I just LOVE being an entrepreneur!  


Sure, this 'authority status' is self proclaimed -but if you combine that with being on the other side of the desk, interviewing others, firing others & training others, you might agree.


Throw in some of my previous investigation experience where I know how to read body language and identify "truth in statements" by the way words are put together on paper and how they are articulated verbally, well, you might still be agreeing with me at this point. 


But what really allows me to boast this 100%-soo-not -about -me-obnoxious way :) is that I have also been in sales for countless years, and still do this today in my own business, as I am a one person business.  


And it's actually the latter experience (sales) that I came to realize, is the serious edge to the entire interviewing process - or game - whatever they call it these days.


Why? Because when you are interviewing for a position you are selling yourself. Plain and simple. You might be interviewing for a specific position. But they aren't hiring a position. They are hiring a human. And sure they might be interviewing you because you have a certain set of knowledge or a specific skill, but they aren't hiring just that skill or that knowledge. They are hiring you as a whole person.


So interviewing, stripped naked, is the fun, enlightening, challenging and rewarding craft of selling yourself!  


Try to contain yourself now, I know it's hard - because I know, you are absolutely jumping for joy right now, because you can't wait to start the craft of 'You' for your next interview :) GRIN


Since I am all about "Shaking Things Up!" - I will even push the limit on this one:

I think you should put this as one of your Strength Bullet Points on your Resume:

*Ace at Interviews ( or you could put Ace in Interviews) 


It's absolutely a skill, a talent. So why not? (If anyone tells you interviewing doesn't require savvy skill and natural talent, they have never interviewed correctly) 


And it's absolutely an exclusively ongoing high demand need for employers. Why? Because it shows you have been in Sales. 


Remember, Interviewing is Sales. It is selling yourself. Even if you haven't been employed officially in a sales position, you still have engaged in the DNA of sales.  


in a future blog, I will go about explaining why no matter what position you are hired for, janitor or CEO, you are in sales. So it is a constant needed skill for every single position. (please keep your eye out for that blog).


So, with all this said, and by now, you believe I could be somewhat of that "experienced authority" I first mentioned in this blog that I was - at least enough to trust me to guide you in this way.... as Your Silent & Strategic Partner, I'd like to help you craft this important 'You' package you will present in interviews to your potential new employers.


If you are interested in learning more, get in touch. Send me a message on here or email direct at [email protected]  I welcome the challenge and would love to help. This is complimentary for 30 days for each ex offender who joins BITS.  I will strive to do as much as I can within those 30 days, amongst my existing schedule. The amount of people I can help will be limited to my existing schedule, and my business comes first (I am sure you understand) so if I can't help you the month you request, please be patient and I will add you as soon as the next opening is available.  Should you choose to work past the 30 days together, there will be a fee charged for our work together. 


 Ps: This is separate from the coaching sessions I have offered on the other blog post.  


To all your pursuits and endeavors~

Jaxi :)

Jaxi West Companies

Posted by Jaxi West on November 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Personal Coaching Division of my  Business 


In my pursuit of "Making My Footprint Globally", I am offering Complimentary Personal Coaching Services to those who join BITS.


These coaching sessions are for as long as necessary - until you are able to find employment and/or are better able to live out your life with extreme confidence and pride, moving far away from your past, and instead focusing on harnessing & activating all your potential so you can show the world what you are made of and what you can do!


I have experience with reintegrating individuals back into society, from my work with the Anthony Robbins Foundation and the homeless when I lived in Arizona. Their challenges are different from yours, but some of the basics are the same. So if you choose, we can focus only on this aspect in your coaching sessions, or we can focus only on employment, or a combination of these, or as I mentioned above, your entire life.


Coaching sessions are customized to each individual, as each person is unique in their situations, and unique in their strengths and challenges. These sessions are about you and what you are struggling with, want to change, want to move forward with in life, so it's all up to you!


Please visit my website to learn more about what personal coaching can do for you:

http://jaxiwest.com and then either contact me on here or through the Contact Jaxi form on the website so we can start to work together. I am excited for all your new beginnings and I look forward to helping you where i can.


And, I welcome you as a friend on my Personal Mission Facebook Page:

http://bit.ly/jaxiwestmissions should you want to accept this invitation.


Your Silent & Strategic Partner In All Your Endeavors,

Jaxi West :)


The Stigma and Discrimination of Ex-offenders in Modern Society.

Posted by Kevin W Womble Sr on November 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM Comments comments (5)

Many ex-offenders, or ex-felons suffer from collateral damages that keep them from finding a job, housing, and voting long after they paid their debt to society.

According to the EEOC definitions, a qualified ex-felon means a person convicted of a felony under either U.S. or state law and hired within one year of his/her conviction or release from prison. To qualify, the ex-felon also must be a member of a family that falls within a specific income guideline. Id. § 51(d)(4). Only the DOL Form seeks specific conviction information, including dates of conviction and release; the IRS Form 8850 includes this category along with the vocational rehabilitation referral and several others in one broadly framed inquiry.

 

None of the Federal EEOC laws prohibit specific pre-offer inquiries concerning conviction records; a question concerning whether an individual is an ex-felony offender thus would not be unlawful. Moreover, courts have held that questions regarding conviction records may be probative of job-related characteristics and thus permissible. See, e.g., Green v. Missouri Pac. R.R., 523 F.2d 1290 (8th Cir. 1975) (request for and consideration of conviction records permissible; complete ban on employment of persons with criminal records may violate EEOC laws on proof of disparate impact on protected group). In this instance, your client seeks information about felony convictions not to limit the employment of an ex-offender, but to enhance the job prospects of the ex-offender by determining whether his/her employment entitles an employer to a tax credit.

 

I condensed the talking points from the article; ABOLISH LIFETIME BANS FOR EX-FELONS by Shawn D. Bushway and Suny Gary Sweeten. The authors write that lifetime bans for ex-felons affect an estimated 1 in 19 adults and 1 in 3 black male adults in the United States (Uggen et al., 2006). These bans may have some short-term benefit in the period during which ex-felons are at a higher risk of reoffending.

However, after a relatively short time span, offending risk differences disappear. Life-course research on desistance shows that virtually all ex-felons eventually desist and that the risk of reoffending drops precipitously as the period of non-offending increases. Lifetime bans bar entry into many types of employment, impede formation of stable family units, and block access to education assistance, low-income housing, and public assistance. These bans block the very domains thought to be central to the desistance process (Giordano et al., 2002; Irwin, 1970; Laub and Sampson, 2003; Laub et al., 1998; Shover, 1996).

 

 

Critics argue that short-term bans of ex-felons may be justified because of short-term increased offending risk. In addition, long-term bans may be justified in certain politically sensitive cases, such as barring child sex offenders from working with children. Criminological research does not support blanket lifetime bans of ex-felons, and these lifetime bans must end.

Networking also is important. In today’s economy, where jobs are becoming more and more scarce, few people are able to land jobs without connections. There are many support groups for ex-inmates throughout the country that could be great resources. We are no longer distinguished as blacks, whites, Hispanics, others. Ex-felons are searching for equality in America. This is why the following link is important-- ex-felons must network amongst each other.

There are millions of ex-offenders in America, and America’s political and economic system is not designed in our favor. America is not going to just give them what they want- economic independence, equality, a prideful restart in society. Higher education will not help most ex-offenders overcome the discrimination against them. Higher education may help them expand their minds, but to a great extent not their pockets. Ex-offenders must become owners, both internally and externally.

Gorgus2 writes to the EEOC-- “There are so many ex felons that have paid their debt to society in the form of imprisonment that are being discriminated against getting a job, that it has become an epidemic. I think its time for the government to step in and do something and fast. I would like to be involved in seeing laws passed where it would be illegal to discriminate against any one with any criminal background as far as getting a job. It would seem to me that if society hands down a sentence to an individual to pay back society for the wrong they did, by doing time behind bars, that once that time has been completed then that’s it. We know that with out a job and at least a weekly paycheck you cannot survive, with out getting back into some kind of criminal activity. It is inhumane to deprive some one of the basic right to legally earn a living and feed oneself and or family. If society thinks that an ex felon is so bad that he is not fit to work and put food on the table, then keep him or her behind bars, and let the tax payers feed him. But do not send them back into society with out this basic protection. It is gravely needed, and at this point only the government can help stop this blatant act.”

 

We should be following the Wisconsin Bill that protects unpardoned ex-offenders. Here, experts suggest former inmates find an agency in their town that focuses on finding jobs for hard-to-place candidates and take advantage of whatever skills training they can get from the government, nonprofit groups and employment agencies with parolee experience.

 

America Works has locations throughout the U.S. that can be located on their Web site. Ex-offenders should check out the following Web sites for help: The Sentencing Project, The Legal Action Center, The Prisoner Reentry Institute, and Expungement Assistance Services.

 

 

The key to getting a job — especially for an ex-con — is references, experts say. To that end, some former inmates may have to take a low-level job, work their tails off, and use that employer for recommendations for the next gig. The Department of Justice has books and videos that help offenders find jobs.

 

Contact your State legislature and tell your elected officials that ex-offenders are growing and they need to have the same human rights for survival granted by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition, visit the petition signing site for stopping ex-felon labeling and discrimination.

 

 

References—

Giordano, Peggy C., Stephen A. Cernkovich, and Jennifer L. Rudolph 2002 Gender, crime, and desistance: Toward a theory of cognitive transformation. American Journal of Sociology 107:990–1064.

Irwin, John 1970 The Felon. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

Laub, John H., Daniel S. Nagin, and Robert J. Sampson.1998 Good marriages and trajectories of change in criminal offending. American Sociological Review 63:225–238.

Laub, John H., and Robert J. Sampson 2003 Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Shover, Neal 1996 Great Pretenders: Pursuits and Careers of Persistent Thieves. Boulder,Colo.: Westview Press.

Uggen, Christopher, Jeff Manza, and Melissa Thompson2006 Citizenship, democracy and the civic reintegration of criminal offenders. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 605:281–310.

Jobs For Felons | Jobs Available for Felons Now

Posted by Kevin W Womble Sr on November 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Posted on | October 19, 2010

 

This is the first in a series of posts that suggest, and offer, advice to felons on how to earn very good money by offering simple services over the Internet.

A lot of jobs for felons require some form of manual labor or have very little room for advancement or both. This post and others to follow in this series is, and will be, focused on helping those ex felons find good paying jobs working for clients by using the internet as a virtual office. The main thing people need to understand, is no matter what you do, if you’re working for various people offering a simple service online, it’s the same as being self employed, as being your own boss, as owning your own business, as finally being in control of your future.

Are you going to get rich working online?

Doubtful. But that depends on your definition of rich. Lets be realistic, if you’re are a felon looking for a job, making ZERO money right now. If you’re making $0.00/week isn’t making $300.00/week better? Which would you prefer. What could you do with an extra $300 in your pocket or bank account right now? If $300-$500 extra dollars means nothing to you, then stop reading.

If on the other hand you think something is better than nothing, and you want to be able to control your financial future, then these series of articles will hopefully put you on the right track to financial independence.

Do you Know How To Write?

I don’t mean spelling, every computer has spell check, so don’t worry about that. What I mean is can you write 400-500 word articles on various subjects? If you don’t know too much about the subject, can you at least find some info on the topic by searching Google and or Yahoo.?

If you answered yes, let me tell you about a world you may not know of. While video and pictures are big online, the internet is basically made up of a lot of words, in the form of articles or blog posts. People who own websites and perform Search Engine Optimization, are always in need of writers.

The problem is most of the writers on the market and in job banks for this type of work, are not in the US. They’re in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines, and guess what, most can’t write to well, but they still get work because they charge $5.00 for a 400 word article, of course you get what you pay for, and people are willing to pay.

oDesk

There is on online job bank called oDesk. People go there to hire virtual assistants or contractors to do work they don’t want or have time, to do. Almost all the freelancers, or contractors, on oDesk are from the middle east and east Asia, they are not native English speakers, as most of you are. The few contractors that are native English speakers, like someone who was born and raised in the US or the UK, get prices three times as big as the east Asian contractors.

Employers that go there pay top dollar, as much as $15-$20 for a 400-500 word article. Do you know how long it would take you to write a 400-500 word article with spell check and grammar check, even if you need to find some info online about it?……….At most an hour. If you know something about the subject, probably 1/2 hour.

That means you’re making $20-$4o per hour. Tell me where are you going to find even a $30 per hour job on the street in today’s economy. Not gonna happen, in my opinion.

Conclusion

If you can write using spell check and grammar check, you can male good money from home, working as much or as little as you want, writing simple 400-500 word articles, for employers on Odesk or Freelancer.com or one of the many other sites online. Just go to Google and search “freelance job banks” or “freelance sites”, you’ll find plenty of them. By the way, this article is only 671 words.

Jobs For Felons | Jobs Available for Felons Now

Posted by Kevin W Womble Sr on November 7, 2010 at 12:06 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Posted on | October 19, 2010 |

 

This is the first in a series of posts that suggest, and offer, advice to felons on how to earn very good money by offering simple services over the Internet.

A lot of jobs for felons require some form of manual labor or have very little room for advancement or both. This post and others to follow in this series is, and will be, focused on helping those ex felons find good paying jobs working for clients by using the internet as a virtual office. The main thing people need to understand, is no matter what you do, if you’re working for various people offering a simple service online, it’s the same as being self employed, as being your own boss, as owning your own business, as finally being in control of your future.

Are you going to get rich working online?

Doubtful. But that depends on your definition of rich. Lets be realistic, if you’re are a felon looking for a job, making ZERO money right now. If you’re making $0.00/week isn’t making $300.00/week better? Which would you prefer. What could you do with an extra $300 in your pocket or bank account right now? If $300-$500 extra dollars means nothing to you, then stop reading.

If on the other hand you think something is better than nothing, and you want to be able to control your financial future, then these series of articles will hopefully put you on the right track to financial independence.

RIFT SUCCESS

Posted by Junior Sanchez {LION} on November 4, 2010 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

True SUCCESS in life is measured by how gracefully you overcome obstacles.  ~Junior Sanchez {LION}


OUR MISSION


To create employment and career opportunities for individuals who are finding it difficult to return to the workforce.  Our focus is to merge their specific crafts and skills with organizations seeking them.  RIFT is SUCCESS!


ABOUT US


We at RIFT SUCCESS are able to be the rift in the miss-communication between employees and employers by means of uniting both parties via a solution.  We are a group of professionals with years of experience in the consulting, human resources, business, entrepreneurship, real estate, and staffing industries.  We take each client on a case by case basis and provide all available options promptly.  Our goal is to help them reach their personal SUCCESS.


RECRUITING & EMPLOYMENT DIVISION


With the troubling trend of unemployment still on the rise, RIFT SUCCESS pairs up with job seekers of all kinds and all trades in order to aid them in finding their right company fit.  We pride ourselves in aiding all who need employment to further their long term life goals.


2nd CHANCE DIVISION


The fact remains that recently released, ex-incarcerated individuals need employment once released in order to provide for themselves, their families, and the economy but are finding it difficult to do so.  At RIFT SUCCESS we provide work and career opportunities for those that wish to return to the workforce thus enhancing their quality of life and lowering their risk of returning to crime as a means of survival.


We ARE the solution to these pending problems and will not give up until we have helped all parties succeed.  To see this solution as a successful end to a means is our mission and one which we will always base our programs on.

 


We need to fix this problem if we can!!!

Posted by Kevin W Womble Sr on November 1, 2010 at 4:24 PM Comments comments (0)

In the state of Nevada the unemployment rate is in the 14-15% range, that is a hard pill to swollow.....In the country as a whole the unemployment rate is in the 9-11% range, that is a harder pill to swollow:???:. Now, let's discuss a statistic that most people in this country refuse to speak about, after some exstensive research it has come to light that the unemployment rate among ex-felons in this fair country of ours is at a staggering 81% and rising daily.It is a known and widely visable fact that in this country once a felon/criminal always a felon/criminal and that my friends is just not true.Of the nearly 700.000 men and women that are released from prison/jail each year about, 630.000 are still unemployed after three years, I don't know about anyone else but to me that is unacceptable. We know that you have people who just don't give a damn and they may be better off in prison/jail, to protect our citizens from harm, then there are the people whose intentions are to be defiant of the law and they/we are better off with them being in prison/jail but, let us not forget that there are people who have made mistakes, regret those mistakes and paid for those mistakes, who now want to get their lives back on track and become productive members of society. When a person comes home and basicly exausts all avenues trying to find work, being denied because of their conviction, some continue to try and some just give up, it is those that give up that contribute to the amazingly high Recidivism rate that is taking this country down. There are a lot of felons that can never be trusted again and there are some that just don't want to change, but there are alot of us who haved changed and just want that second chance that can make our lives worth staying out of prison/jail.


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