AGENCIES THAT CAN HELP YOU IN YOUR JOB HUNT
You can hunt for a job on your own and many people are successful with this approach. What you may not know is that you are likely to find success more quickly if you connect with a program that has experience connecting people with criminal records to employment opportunities. Many of these programs have job developers, whose task it is to go out into the community and knock on doors on YOUR behalf. They establish relationships with employers who are open to working with people with records so that you can get your foot in the door.
MECKLENBURG COUNTY REENTRY SERVICES
801 E 4th St, Charlotte NC 28202
Provides employment coaching, planning and placement, as well as case management services for recently incarcerated individuals. Also works with local agencies and CPCC in increase educational and vocational skill sets for increased employability and retention.
5301 Wilkinson Blvd. (At Goodwill's Opportunity Campus)
CCT helps people with criminal records transition from criminal justice system back into the community. Their Lifeworks program has helped hundreds of people with criminal records. Some of the instructors here have criminal records so they know what it takes to be successful.
901 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Teaches low-income persons self-sufficiency through job training/classes and basic education. They also offer a paid apprenticeship program and offer qualifying students tuition assistance for short-term skills training programs.
Charlotte Main : 704.566.2870
Charlotte South : 704.565.6865
Gastonia : 704.853.5328
Through the North Carolina Department of Commerce, helps all North Carolinians find jobs. They have a special program called the Former Offender Initiative that specifically helps people with criminal records with job search tools and leads. There are several career centers in Charlotte staffed by trained professionals who can assist you in marketing yourself to employers. At NCWorks Online, you can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training.
5601 Executive Center Drive Ste 200
Serves people ages 18-24. Provides career planning, training, employment coaching, soft skills and cognitive skills, and job placement, as well as case management services for recently incarcerated individuals. Offers paid work experience and assistance with college entry. Occupational Skill training and transportation are also paid. All services are provided with a personal case manager.
5301 Wilkinson Blvd.
Goodwill Offers employment skills training, job search, and placement. They also run a staffing agency.
740 W. 5th Street, Charlotte, NC
The Urban League provides adult continuing education and training servicesdesigned to help participants achieve a livable wage. They also host job fairs regularly.
10130 Mallard Creek Rd Suite 300
Offers supportive employment services including vocational assessment, job coaching and search assistance.
If you have a disability and want to work
415 E. 4th Street (Across the street from the Main Transit Center)
Provides comprehensive recovery orientated resources, services and supports in the areas of employment, education and wellness for individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
5501 Executive Center Dr., Suite 101
You are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if you have a physical, psychiatric or intellectual disability that affects your ability to find or keep a job; and you require the services that VR provides to get ready for, find, or keep a job; or if you have a disability and are receiving SSDI or SSI benefits and you intend to get or keep a job.