CEO

FAQs for Employers

FOR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS
What is CEO?
What kind of long term jobs does CEO provide?
Why don’t we use the term ex-offender?
What services does CEO provide to employers?
Is there a fee for services?
What kind of professional training to participants does CEO provide?
How does Transitional Job training prepare participants for full-time employment?
What is the screening process of CEO participants?
I need a position filled as soon as possible. How quickly are prospective employees available after contacting CEO?
What level of employees does CEO provide (entry, professional, managerial, etc.)?
I only need part-time help, which may or may not develop into a full-time position. Should I contact CEO?
I need a full-time employee but for temporary work. Should I contact CEO?
I need a bilingual employee. Does CEO have many bilingual participants?
I’m a small business owner and cannot provide benefits to my employees. Should I still contact CEO?
How can I be sure that a CEO participant is dedicated to long-term employment?
If I hired a CEO participant, would I be required to stay in touch with CEO?
Can CEO bond all participants?
Can I receive tax credits by hiring participants from CEO?
I’m interested in CEO! Who do I contact?

FOR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

What is CEO?

CEO offers employment services to clients at their most vulnerable point – when they are first released from incarceration. By putting people to work, CEO is offering the foundation needed to address the complicated issues that arise from re-entry. After placing participants in transitional work, CEO then works with them to find long-term employment.

What kind of long term jobs does CEO provide?

In New York City and upstate New York, CEO has made a large percentage of placements in the service and retail sectors. The exception is Buffalo, where the lionshare of placements have been in warehousing, construction and light industry.

Why don’t we use the term ex-offender?

At CEO, we believe that words matter, especially when it comes to how we talk about people. Sometimes people describe CEO’s clients using words like: ex-cons, convicts, ex-inmates, ex-offenders, felons, or ex-prisoners. At CEO we believe that although our participants have a criminal conviction, it shouldn’t define who they are and that they should be able to move forward positively in their lives. As an alternative, we suggest people use words like “formerly incarcerated individual,” or something similar, to describe someone who has returned home from prison.

What services does CEO provide to employers?

CEO is your free-of-charge employment agency. CEO pre-screens all participants to ensure they are qualified for the position you need filled. CEO’s Job Developers excel at matching employees to your specific needs and are available to meet with you at all times to answer your questions and discuss future possibilities.

Is there a fee for services?

All services at CEO are provided to you for free.

What kind of professional training to participants does CEO provide?

In NYC we offer many options for professional training to our participants, including customer service, construction and sanitation. For more details please click here.

How does Transitional Job training prepare participants for full-time employment?

Transitional Job (TJ) training is an integral part of the CEO program. TJ is work training in a real world setting, where teamwork is emphasized. Using CEO’s participant daily evaluation, the Passport to Success, supervisors evaluate participants in five areas that are essential to succeeding in the workplace. CEO’s company principles, the CEO CPs, are integrated into TJ work.

Participants are usually at a TJ site for up to four days, and they spend the remaining days job searching one-on-one with CEO staff.

What is the screening process of CEO participants?

After CEO participants graduate Life Skills, they are evaluated for Job Start Readiness (JSR) before they are sent on any job interview. To be JSR a participant is assessed in the areas of commitment to work, personal presentation, and ability to take direction and work well both independently and as a member of a group. Passport to Success ratings give a good indication of a participant’s ability to succeed in a workplace. If a participant is not deemed JSR, then the JD decides the next step to achieve JSR. JDs know what you are looking for in a candidate and are experienced with matching employers with qualified employees.

I need a position filled as soon as possible. How quickly are prospective employees available after contacting CEO?

In most cases we have a quick response rate. We always have an abundance of qualified participants who are looking for full-time employment.

What level of employees does CEO provide (entry, professional, managerial, etc.)?

Primarily we have participants at the entry level but many of our participants have skills and certificates in various industries, making it possible for advancement after finding full-time employment. Furthermore, other participants have the ambition to develop skills and earn certificates to eventually be promoted.

I only need part-time help, which may or may not develop into a full-time position. Should I contact CEO?

If your position is long-term (three months or longer) and offers at least 20 hours per week, we would be happy to discuss how CEO can provide the right candidate to meet your specific needs.

I need a full-time employee but for temporary work. Should I contact CEO?

If your position is at least one month or longer, we can offer candidates who are available to meet your temporary employment needs.

I need a bilingual employee. Does CEO have many bilingual participants?

Yes, we have many bilingual participants. In fact, about 27% of CEO participants are bilingual English/Spanish.

I’m a small business owner and cannot provide benefits to my employees. Should I still contact CEO?

Yes, please contact CEO. Many of our participants may already be receiving public health benefits so this is not a problem.

How can I be sure that a CEO participant is dedicated to long-term employment?

At CEO we offer retention incentives, called our Rapid Rewards program, which provides money-based rewards for achieving certain retention milestones. So far CEO has been very successful in retention. For more information click here.

If I hired a CEO participant, would I be required to stay in touch with CEO?

Staying in touch with CEO is completely up to you. If you choose to stay in touch, you will be contacted by our Follow-Up Unit—a group of independent employees who track each employee hired from CEO. You can be contacted via phone, email or fax—whichever form you choose. You will be asked how satisfied you are with the particular job placement. For more information please click here.

Can CEO bond all participants?

Yes, in fact CEO is the largest user of the Federal Bonding program in the country.

Can I receive tax credits by hiring participants from CEO?

Under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), employers can receive a tax credit of up to $2,400 for each eligible CEO hire. We handle all the paperwork for you!

I’m interested in CEO! Who do I contact?

Please contact Mary Bedeau at 212.422.4430 x345.