Here’s tip #49 from my book: 100 +1 Top Tools, Tips & Techniques to Attract & Recruit Top Talent:
Don’t dismiss the idea of hiring people with criminal records. This is one of the most underutilized sources of potential employees and accounts for almost 15 percent of the U.S. labor force. Yes, it depends on the job you’re hiring for and the reason for the conviction, but, before you rule it out, look at www.bonds4jobs.com, the Federal bonding program which provides fidelity bonds that guarantee honesty for at-risk, hard to place jobseekers. Also check out the Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC) available for hiring these individuals.