Something to Think About!

This morning I went to a Job Fair in Boston, Mass. As I watched people applying for jobs, I noticed this one person applying for this job. The job seeker stated he was a convicted felon and asked if it would affect him? The interviewer stated more than 3 times he would be a Great fit for the company and would like to offer him the position. Then this other guy walked over and stated I'm sorry we can not offer you a position at this time. Why? After the other interviewer already new and still offered him the position? The guy flatly stated he did not feel right offering a convicted felon a position with his company What are your tboughts?

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Gail Trujillo
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Mistakes are made ,guess it depends on what he did but, how is he ever going to move forward from this without being given a chance. If God can forgive why cant this person.

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Matt Bornhorst
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This is an important topic, so thank you for bringing it up within the community Michael.

In this case, it seems like the people running their company's job fair booth were NOT on the same page about whether or not they should be offering job positions to felon candidates. I believe in second chances, and there are a bunch of companies (and new ones every day) that are trying to offer felons the chance of a good career. It's an incredibly important step in rehabilitating felons back into society, and helps improve and show them that they can be a productive member of society with self-worth.

I think that the person who denied the the felon a job seems close-minded, but as Sheryn brought up, there are many background factors that can lead to an employer being hesitant to offer felons a job. I think this company needs better internal communication, and there should be a guideline created for what they will allow in an employee and what they will not.

Those are my thoughts! Thanks for sparking such a great conversation, and bringing this topic to light within the community.

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Angie Rios
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I think we as humans make mistakes, but our past mistakes should not predict our future.

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helen b
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He needs to report this company. The person that handled this did not follow the law in terms of hiring someone with a record.

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terrell burton
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Agreed, i believe in first, second and third chances. Everyone has a story. That convicted felon probably sounded more hungry and eager for ANY OPPORTUNITY vs letting opportunities walk bys and not knowing if one will ever arrive again because hes a felon.

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Jeremiah Gupton
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That opportunity that was given to the convicted felon probably because the person had certain skills prior to the time of the release. Now, if the person only has proven themselves the employers will look at the application, and see that this person is okay will be given a chance.

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VICTORIA Samuelson
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People make mistakes, we are not perfect. Give them a chance to prove themselves. At least the person is trying to make a difference in their lives.

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Martin Baum
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I think that's a lot of straight up bull. From my personal experience in the work world there was a moment in time that lasted about 10 to 15 years where I would hire people from jail and prison. It was their stepping stone back into being productive members of society our interview was private and confidential and when I brought them on staff they're past their history their conviction of whatever crime it was that they had committed was kept confidential and top secret at my store regardless of where they came from they were treated as a new hire. The other employees knew better than to ever ask me about the new hire the only instruction I had for the convicted felon was do not talk about your history of being incarcerated. Some of the better employees that I had on staff at the store were convicted felons.

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Lynn Miller
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Lack of communication between the interviewers. If one said he would be a great fit in the position, then he should have told the other about the suitor and let him know of the conversation that he had with the applicant. IMO as an asm.

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ELhadji Sall
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Pure bs a convicted felon may offer something the hiring manager will never face that is perseverance and hope.We all want a second chance and will gladly help so its one less back in a degrading place . Felons are human beings that can contribute like the rest of us in society.

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