Employment resources

Find general informational resources to navigate employment and a conviction history in Philadelphia.

Before you apply

How to Access and Read a Record 
(Last revised April 2021)
Knowing what is and isn’t on your record can be critical for housing, employment, and other opportunities. Use this resource to learn the cheapest and fastest ways to learn what's on your record, check its accuracy, and understand expungement options. Developed in collaboration with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity.
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How to Get I.D. 
(Last revised December 2021)
Need a birth certificate? License? Social Security card? Many jobs require some form of identification to apply and be accepted. Use this resource to learn about organizations who support people to obtain different identification documents. Residents are encouraged to contact organizations directly with questions.

Find your next opportunity

Get Connected: Reentry Career Services Catalog 
(Last revised December 2021)
This catalog collects and manages highly detailed information about the career-related services offered by Reentry Coalition member programs, including employment, education, training, or other workforce development support. Use the Filter option at the top left of the table to refine your search. To add your reentry program to this database, please complete this survey. You can reach out to TJ von Oehsen with questions.  

Know your rights

Legal Remedies and Limitations 
produced by Community Legal Services, 2019
Learn about how an employer may consider your conviction history and potential remedies for a denial based on conviction history. This guide also outlines jobs and occupational licenses where employers are legally required to reject applications with certain offenses for a time period, and limitations to working with children.

More Resources

Step Ahead Workbook 
produced by Godwill/Easter Seals ReEntry program, 2013
This tool walks you through the process of searching for employment, keeping a position, and accessing other supportive services. Use this workbook to understand your strengths, opportunities to improve, and employment opportunities that fit your current skillset. 
Employability Skills Framework One Pager
by Perkins Collaborative Resource Center
Critical, cross-cutting skills to be college and career ready. Go to http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/employability-skills-framework to learn more.
Common Employability Skills Essentials Guide 
by National Network of Business and Industry Associations, 2015
List of skills all employees need, no matter where they work. Describes personal skills, people skills, applied knowledge, and workplace skills.

For Job Developers

Job Development Essentials Guide
(Last revised December 2021)
A job developer creates sustainable relationships with employers to connect them with job seekers. Whether you are a seasoned job developer or new, this guide provides a detailed framework for success–– from planning the initial contact with employers to ensuring that job placements stick.
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