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Process

SECOND CHANCE HIRING PROCESS


STEP 1. CALL SOCIAL SERVICE AFFILIATES TO ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP

To get started, you will be able to tap into a pool of pre-qualified Second Chance Citizens at a number of organizations in Cincinnati. Simply contact one or more of these organizations and discuss your job opportunities and their resource development process. Establishing a relationship with a single contact at a couple of the Social Service organizations below will streamline your communication and improve your results. Some will require you to make a site visit (brief onboarding program and tour) prior to engaging their services, others encourage that step but do not require it.

SOCIAL SERVICE AFFILIATES

CONTACT

SITE VISIT

RESOURCE FOCUS

CityLink Center

800 Bank Street

Cincinnati, OH  45214

citylinkcenter.org

Dani Watkins

513 357-2000 ext 1004

employment@citylinkcenter.org

required

Working poor, some Second Chance Citizens
Cincinnati Works

708 Walnut Street  2nd Floor

Cincinnati, OH  45202

cincinnatiworks.org

Jessica Thompson

513 744-5625

jthompson@cincinnatiworks.org

required

Working poor, some Second Chance Citizens
Jobs Plus Emp Network

of City Gospel Mission

1805 Dalton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45214

citygospelmission.org

Abe Woolfolk

work 513 241-1800

cell 513 787-2180

awoolfolk@jobsplusnetwork.org

encouraged

Working poor, some Second Chance Citizens, and young adults.
H.E.L.P. Program

1600 Madison Road

Cincinnati, OH  45206

helpprogramcincinnati.net

Brother Mike Murphy

513 961-0027

bro.mike.murphy@gmail.com

encouraged

Second Chance Citizens

Young (18-30) primarily male

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati

3458 Reading Rd

Cincinnati, OH 45229

gcul.org

Robert Rodgers

513 487-6514

rrodgers@gcul.org

encouraged

male African American, working poor, many Second Chance Citizens
Hamilton County

Office of Reentry

138 E. Court St, Rm 101

Cincinnati, OH   45202

hamiltoncountyohio.gov/das/reentry/

DeAnna Hoskins

513 946-4304

deanna.hoskins@hamilton-co.org

encouraged

Recently released Second Chance Citizens
Community Action Agency

1740 Langdon Farm Road
Cincinnati, OH 45237

cincy-caa.org/

Leonard Sayles

513 924-2031

l.sayles@cincy-caa.org

encouraged

Working poor, many Second Chance Citizens (Fresh Start)
River City Correctional Center

3220 Colerain Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45225

drc.ohio.gov/public/cbcf/river_city.htm

Laura Ferrarelli

513 946-6856

LFerrarelli@cms.hamilton-co.org

encouraged

Work-release program for Second Chance Citizens (male and female).
Talbert House

4531 Reading Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45229

talberthouse.org

Kerry Austin

513 961-3292 x1944

kerry.austin@talberthouse.org

encouraged

Work-release program for Second Chance Citizens, recovering substance abusers. 

Setting up a visit to the organization is recommended when establishing your working relationship. You’ll get a good feel for the flavor of each organization, what their particular mission and goals are, and how they will be able to meet your needs. And you’ll get to meet your primary contact personally. As they get to know your organization, they’ll be better able to match candidates to your needs. In some cases, this visit is required to ensure that it is a good match from the outset.

 

STEP 2. CALL FOR RESUMES / APPLICATIONS

To get started, you will be able to tap into a pool of pre-qualified Second Chance Citizens at a number of organizations in Cincinnati. Simply contact one or more of these organizations and discuss your job opportunities and their resource development process. Establishing a relationship with a single contact at a couple of the Social Service organizations below will streamline your communication and improve your results. Some will require you to make a site visit (brief onboarding program and tour) prior to engaging their services, others encourage that step but do not require it.

STEP 3. INTERVIEW

Follow your normal interviewing protocol to assess the best candidates for the job. If you need additional insight, your referring Social Worker may be able to function as a reference as they will have been tracking the individual’s progress for some period of time and will be able to assess some of their skills relative to other candidates.

STEP 4. HIRE

Then hire according to your normal practices. You can hire Full Time and be on your way. Or you can use a Temp-to-Hire approach through a Staffing Service. Hiring on a Temporary Basis will give you opportunity to test and develop your resource – with the ultimate goal of bringing them on full time. If you choose Temp-to-Hire, we recommend working with a Staffing Service that is predisposed to placing Second Chance Citizens (your Social Service Affiliate will have contacts for these Staffing Services).

Call the Staffing Service to enroll the candidates you will be working with. The recommended temp period is around six months to give you the best idea of how the employee will work in the long run. See our Second Chance Employee Development Process to make the most of this six-month opportunity to develop rock-solid employees.

Temp-to-Hire Second Chance Development

For the sake of the Second Chance Citizen as well as for your company, it’s important to use the Temp-to-Hire period to assess the fit and capability of the resource. And then make a decision as soon as is prudent to hire on full time or to set the resource free to pursue a better job fit. Following are a few thoughts on how to make the most of this opportunity.

3-MONTH CHECK IN

Coaching and communication is vital to helping any employee perform their best for the company. The Temp to Hire period can be used as a proving ground for an employee’s ability to understand their role and meet or exceed expectations. Six months passes quickly. A 3-month Check In gives you a mark to hit to give your new employee feedback and to guage their ability to correct and perform by the end of the period. Documentation of this coaching check in helps turn this into a communication tool that can be used both by the individual and your company.

Use your own evaluation tools or click here for a basic Report Card you can use (at the 3 month mark or midway period) to ensure that the coaching is happening and that the individual knows what is important to the organization and has performance goals to rise to. We request that a scan of the completed Report Card be sent to the individual’s Case Manager (Social Service Affiliate) to give them insight into performance. This is also an opportunity to inform the Case Manager of any outside factors that may be affecting job performance (recent distraction, lethargy, attitude change, etc.). They can be symptoms of other problems that the Case Managers can check into independently to help overcome these issues early.

6-MONTH EVALUATION

Around this point is a good time to assess the future of your employee with your company. Using your evaluation tools or the basic (3-Month) Report Card you can look for trends that the employee is responsive to your coaching and worthy of your company or not a great fit for some reason.

What if they are a good employee, not a great employee? If they are good enough to keep on as a temporary employee but not someone you would bring on full time, be honest with the employee. Let them know that you will not be making a full time offer and why. You can continue to keep them on as long as it works for both you and the employee, but you may recommend that they check back in with their Social Service Affiliate to see if a different company/job would be a better long-term fit. Then return to the process to find replacement candidates that may have staying power.

FULL TIME HIRE

At any time you are ready to make a full time hire, do so. And know that you are not only changing a life but you are helping to rebuild a family and a community. Your Social Service Affiliate will want to hear about the hire and celebrate that success.

DREAM MANAGER

Not every job is a career. Your Second Chance employee can use your direction and support to become all they were meant to be. If you are a company with transitional jobs (starting jobs without great advancement opportunity), you may want to get to know the real dreams of your Second Chance hire and encourage them in their growth. Guide them to take the steps toward their next job – even if it’s not within your company. Check back with the Beacon of Hope to see what new opportunities might exist as like-minded companies network together and share resources. This too, opens up new opportunities for you to affect more lives – as one Second Chance employee moves on, a new one can move in.

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