If you live in the Columbus, Ohio, area, you might have wondered: Does JSJ Staffing hire felons? They are a recruiting firm for a number of local businesses and industries, so you can count on a variety of job opportunities if you’re qualified!
To figure out what the temp agency looks for in their hires, we’re also going to answer the following:
- How does JSJ Staffing hire people with misdemeanors?
- What types of jobs do they have?
- Are they a good company to work for?
Relaunch Pad contacts every company directly that we review. Our goal is to assist our readers with criminal records when they apply for work. After all, we know how tough it is to apply for work with a criminal history. Many of us have been there ourselves and we’ve certainly helped others like you, so check out our advice.
Does JSJ Staffing hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
JSJ Staffing’s CEO gave us the statement below:
“We are felony-friendly and will place former offenders in seasonal, temporary and temp-to-hire positions with felony-friendly employers.”
Also, here’s a statement from their application form:
“JSJ Staffing, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability . . .”
That’s some pretty excellent information! It’s great when a company comes right out and says they are felon-friendly.
Has JSJ Staffing hired felons in the past?
Yes. They’ve hired felons “to work as a JSJ Staffing corporate employee and to place with felony-friendly employers.”
Does JSJ Staffing hire people with misdemeanors?
Yes. If they hire felons, then they’ll hire people with less serious offenses too.
Is JSJ Staffing on the Ban the Box list?
No. Regrettably, JSJ Staffing is not on the Ban the Box list, nor have they taken the Fair Chance Business Pledge.
If a company is on the Ban the Box list, it means that their application form doesn’t have a check box for a criminal record. In other words, they don’t want to know about your criminal background until they know about your job qualifications. And, if they support the Fair Chance program, it means that they pledge to treat you just like every other applicant when you apply for work, even with a criminal record.
However, this doesn’t tell the whole story about how to get hired at JSJ Staffing. Besides, we already know they’ll hire ex-offenders.
Does JSJ Staffing have special programs for hiring felons?
Good news! They do. So, how does JSJ Staffing hire felons through a special program? Here’s what they told us:
“We have recruiting relationships with organizations that assist former offenders, and we work with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to employ offenders who are about to be released from prison.”
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
We say that the odds are high. Not only does the company confirm that they hire felons, but they have a special program to recruit them!
They may not be behind initiatives like Ban the Box and the Fair Chance Business Pledge. Even so, they’re committed to looking for felony-friendly employers who need good job candidates. As they told us, “all former offenders are welcome at JSJ Staffing and we will work to place them with employers who believe in second chances.”
For these reasons, we know that the chances are in your favor to get a job at JSJ Staffing with a felony.
What are some entry-level jobs?
JSJ Staffing has a range of jobs available. The following are examples of entry-level positions with no educational requirements and minimal experience needed:
Warehouse Associate — Pick and pack products in distribution centre.
Packing Associate — Label and unload chemical drums and totes, and fill containers from tanker trucks and rail cars.
Forklift Operator — Move drums and totes containing chemical liquids around warehouse. At least one year of forklift experience is needed.
Machine Operator — Use various tools and equipment to support production warehouse operation.
Job openings are updated on the website every five minutes, so check often!
How to get hired at JSJ Staffing with a felony
Review your resume to prepare for questions that you might be asked about your skills, education and experience. It’s important to look at your skills and try to match them to the job you’re applying for. Any machine shop, inventory or warehouse experience will be invaluable here.
Having said that, be ready for an interview question like “Tell me about yourself.” To get a job at JSJ Staffing with a felony, it helps if they can get to know you a bit. Here’s why:
- They want to refer you to a position that’s a good fit.
- If you’ve had trouble keeping a job, they want to know more about the risks.
- Their reputation depends on satisfied business clients and successful workers.
So what should you talk about?
- Be honest. It’s always the best approach.
- Keep your response brief. Be clear and to the point. Don’t tell your life story!
- Don’t be afraid to talk about the troubles you’ve faced, but try to stay positive.
There are added benefits to answering this question well. Usually it’s the first question and talking about yourself helps you relax. Your reply helps the interviewer ask some follow-up questions that you’ll definitely know the answer to, since they’ll be about you!
Are you ready to learn more? Go to JSJ Staffing. Read up on the company.
Then, complete a pre-application. It includes some brief information such as your name, contact information, the type of work you’re looking for and a short bio. This is where you can start to tell the company a little about you and built a good relationship.
Does JSJ Staffing do background checks?
Yes, they do. JSJ Staffing told us:
“We run a background check on all applicants either before or immediately after a job placement in order to avoid sending a former offender to a position where the employer is not felony-friendly.”
The job application that can be downloaded under resources gives more information. Here’s what it says about how does JSJ Staffing do background checks:
“For purposes of employment with JSJ, convictions include sentenced to confinement, paid a fine, time served, placed on probation (including deferred adjudication) and court-ordered restitution. A conviction may not disqualify you, but a false statement will.”
It asks if you’ve “ever been convicted, pled guilty or subjected to a deferred adjudication on a felony charge” and for the details.
Here are a few things you need to know about how each state deals with background checks to help you fill in this information:
Some states only check back seven years in a background check. So if you live in the following states, don’t worry if your criminal record is older than that:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary brackets require one.)
Here are the states that won’t share not guilty verdicts in a criminal record check:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
But in these states, your whole record (including not guilty verdicts) will be reviewed:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
There aren’t many ratings for the company online. This means there’s less information to go on from people who’ve worked for the company.
For instance, birdeye.com has 28 reviews from staff and business clients. JSJ Staffing gets a rating of 3.5 out of 5 on this site. Indeed.com gives them a similar rating — 3.7 out of 5 with only three reviews. There are also a handful of reviews on the company’s Facebook page. However, they don’t appear on glassdoor.com.
In general, business clients seem quite happy with the service the company provides and the quality of job candidates referred to them. The only complaint from workers is about sometimes not getting paid on time.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
If you’ve committed any offense that suggests you might not show up to work on time, or at all, this will be a problem. So, what type of offenses are we talking about? Well, anything involving drugs or alcohol. In addition, you could put yourself or your co-workers in danger if you’re using illegal substances. JSJ Staffing wants you to assure them that you don’t have a drug or alcohol problem that will interfere with work.
Can you cooperate with others on the job site? Any past charges involving harassment, intimidation or assault will have to be explained. The success of the company depends on the candidates they refer and the people they hire being agreeable and team players.
As with any staffing agency, the company with the opening has some say as to who gets hired. Consider what company the job is for and look at your record. The best thing you can do is make sure you apply for jobs that don’t relate to your convictions!
Does JSJ Staffing drug test?
Yes, they do. Their application explains that you must pass a drug and alcohol screening test before you’re hired. What’s more, you have to be screened for drug and alcohol use if you’re involved in a workplace accident.
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