Direct Client Services
For those clients who would like assistance with the job search process after leaving jail or prison, we offer career coaching. This includes a meeting to review or create a resume, development of a job search plan, guidance in selecting possible jobs or careers, assistance in finding relevant workshops and educational opportunities and ongoing support. Even if you just want someone to review your resume, prep you for an interview or answer job search questions, we are here to help. Career coaching may be a call or two and can also include in-person meetings, depending on the client's needs. While our mentorships (see below) provide more in-depth job search support, career coaching is available to those whose needs who just need some basic help to get on the right track with their job search.
Job Search Workshops
Pacific Reentry Career Services staff members conduct workshops on job search topics relevant to the reentry community. Workshops cover developing a career plan, resume/application basics, interview preparation, how to talk about blemishes in your work history and more. We conduct workshops throughout Southern California and are available to travel. We also partner with other organizations to bring our workshops to their clients. To schedule a workshop, please Contact Us.
Our mentorship program connects formerly incarcerated women with business professionals who can support them through the job search process. We pair job seekers up with a Pacific Reentry Career Services staff member or a member of the business community. Mentors meet with job seekers throughout the search process. Mentors provide guidance on resumes and applications, career coaching, interview practice and support. This is a great option for those who want more in-depth support than career coaching offers. Mentorships are limited based on availability of mentors.
Pacific Reentry Career Services networks with the existing agencies that provide complementary services to our client base such as the members of the Orange County Reentry Partnership (OCREP). Networking with other agencies provides our clients with a wide array of services that they may not otherwise be aware exist. Coordinating with other agencies to provide basic services such as proper business attire, healthcare, childcare and transportation ensures that our clients have the resources necessary to feel confident during their job search. If you provide reentry services and would like to connect, please use our Contact Us form.
Employer Summits & Outreach
One of the more challenging aspects to the Pacific Reentry Career Services mission is finding and educating employers about the benefits of hiring the formerly incarcerated. Our job is to train employers on how to assess each individual situation and not generalize the experiences and circumstances of our clients. We help teach employers about tax benefits available for hiring the formerly incarcerated and provide training on employing the formerly incarcerated. We also organize Employer Summits to facilitate discussions around hiring the reentry population.
The stigma that the formerly incarcerated carry of being difficult, dangerous or dishonest employees is not a fair assessment of their ability to become productive members of the workforce. Many employers overlook these people as unemployable based on nothing more than their criminal record.
If your business is interested in sponsoring our programs, participating in employer summits or if you have questions about fair chance hiring, please use our Contact Us form.