How We Support Employers
Finding talent is a challenge. Finding the right talent is an expensive challenge. The Community Works can be an extension of your human resources department, reviewing hundreds of resumes every year and funneling appropriate candidates to your office.
We work closely with dozens of local employers, and we understand the skills, experience, temperament or personality they prefer – enabling us to screen the candidates that are likely to fit.
Our goal is to help our Members build stable careers they can be proud of, so it is in our best interest to send you candidates who are likely to grow with you and your company. We are not a staffing company looking to place a candidate and move on. We are a partner for our Members and our employers.
We invite employers that regularly hire entry- to mid-level employees to develop a collaborative partnership. The partnership becomes a win-win solution as employers find qualified job candidates and our members find good jobs.
Contact us to learn more about becoming an employer partner of The Community Works.
Benefits to Employers
Our programs pair soft-skills training with ongoing personal support services to ensure our Members are and remain job-ready – improving retention for our employer partners. We understand that personal stability is essential to a successful job search and is even more important to maintaining employment.
Our mission requires regular, two-way communication with Members and employer partners. We value pre- and post-employment feedback so we can help our Members continually learn, grow and thrive.
In return, we offer a range of benefits to our employer partners:
- Candidates have completed a drug screen and background check
- Diverse pool of candidates, pre-qualified according to your requirements and desired skills
- Regular engagement with our Members, including on-site recruitment and retention coaching
- Frontline supervisor training and periodic Employer Resource Seminars
- Ongoing support from The Community Works staff, including communication with you to increase retention
Our coaches have access to resources across the social spectrum. They help Members identify their strengths and goals while honing the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. No challenge is too big, no dream is too small.
Our coaches begin by addressing the barriers that many frontline workers face: unreliable transportation, expensive childcare, unstable housing, lingering legal troubles.
As an individual becomes more stable, our coaches shift to a proactive approach, focusing on the passions that inspire them and the skills needed to pursue that inspiration. The goal is for them to not only survive within the workforce but thrive and advance.
Our coaches are trained in:
- Establishing trust
- Active listening
- Direct communication
- Planning and goal-setting
- Managing progress and accountability
While unemployment rates shrink and the talent pool appears to be drying up, there is a large, untapped pool of workers available for employers who are willing to make the effort: individuals who are returning from jail.
Thousands of willing, able job-seekers leave our jail system every year in search of stable employment, and The Community Works offers them a proven job-search-readiness workshop, skills development, personalized coaching, and connections to a wide range of additional support services.
Every time you need to replace an employee, your bottom line gets hit in multiple ways – from lost productivity on the floor to the time and expense to recruit and train new workers. Our coaches will work with your frontline employees to address a range of issues that may otherwise cause them to leave or be fired. Because your business works best when you can keep your best workers.
By allowing your employees to access our services, you are helping build a stronger and more-positive workplace culture and contributing to a stronger local economy.