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Toolkit for Job Developer Staff

Information and resources to help support people coming home in becoming job ready, finding employment and communicating with employers.

Job Readiness

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.
How to Get I.D. 
(Last revised June 2022)
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.

Job Retention

Manual for Success at Your New Job 
(Last revised November 2022)
Beth Tiewater’s tips and worksheets for supporting clients in the first six weeks in a new job
From her PRC workshop held 11/4/2022
Toolkits for becoming a Fair Chance Employer 
See especially:
  • The Checkr employer guide
  • The Second Chance Business Coalition toolkit
  • The SHRM Getting Talent Back to Work toolkit
Resources for Conversations with Employers about “Job Quality" 
As a retention factor (not specific to reentry). The focus is on 8 Job Quality factors related to working conditions/scheduling, pay, benefits, worker voice, diversity, recruitment/hiring practices, organizational culture, training and advancement.

Connecting to Other Reentry Programs

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.  

Engaging with Employers

Step Ahead Workbook 
produced by Goodwill/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. 
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.
Employability Skills Framework One Pager
by Perkins Collaborative Resource Center
Critical, cross-cutting skills to be college and career ready. Go to 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 housing related resources, 
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