As a hiring professional, you have the chance to be very special – a hiring superhero! You don’t need a mask, cape or tights. You just need an open mind and a thoughtful approach. Hiring superheroes have the power to do amazing things:
A HIRING SUPERHERO IS ALWAYS FAIR
Before you dismiss an ex-offender, ask yourself if the person’s crime is related in any way to the responsibilities of the job they’re applying for. Someone who’s been convicted of a DUI may not be appropriate for a job that involved driving, but could be an excellent candidate for many other jobs.
Try not to harbor an unfair bias toward ex-offenders. It can be difficult for them to find jobs, and when someone like you finally hires them, they’re grateful for the opportunity. They show up to work on time, work hard, and don’t take their jobs for granted. Once hired, they’re less likely to leave your company, because their job search won’t be any easier the next time. Remind yourself that the opportunity to lead honest and productive lives is a powerful motivator for many people with criminal histories.
A HIRING SUPERHERO USES QUALIFIED CREDIT REPORTING AGENCIES
Many companies offer background checks, but some are not reliable sources of information. That’s why it’s always important to use an experienced and dependable Consumer Reporting Agency (CRA), and not simply go with the low-cost provider. In conducting checks, always ask that the CRA:
• report convictions that are relevant and recent
• report convictions only when the full name
and one other identifier match, helping to avoid
• confirm all information from online databases
with the original source
• update information to ensure that it’s current
• give the applicant the opportunity to challenge
the CRA report
A HIRING SUPERHERO TRAINS THE STAFF
To protect your company and be fair to applicants, your human resources personnel should be trained on these sensitive issues. For instance, HR staff members need to understand the steps required to comply with state and federal laws concerning background checks and hiring discrimination. Training your leadership now could save you a lot of frustration later.
A HIRING SUPERHERO STEERS CLEAR OF DISCRIMINATION
Refusing to hire someone with a criminal history could not only deprive you of strong candidates – it could lead to liability under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and violate city and state anti-discrimination laws.
A HIRING SUPERHERO LOOKS FOR THE BEST IN PEOPLE
Your attitudes about people can be self-fulfilling prophecies. So if you expect positive things, you’ll probably get positive results. And your hiring superhero career will really soar! Help break the cycle of unemployment and homelessness:
• More than 15% of people in jail had been homeless at
some point before they were arrested
• A criminal record may make it more difficult to find
work when they leave prison
• Unemployment is a major factor in homelessness.