Note: My side of the conversation this week has noise I could not filter out in post production. However, Alisa’s side of the conversation had perfect audio. I published this show because of the outstanding content Alisa provides about ex-offenders find careers. I apologize for the audio quality, but it is a worthwhile investment of your time.
It is important ex-offenders find work and be productive members of society. Like many of us, they need direction and inspiration from many sources. Alisa Smedley can relate to how important it is personally and professionally. She has taught and coached thousands how to find jobs and to be a money-earning, tax-paying citizen. All of us can learn and know how we can be a positive influence in their lives, jobs, and careers.
Are you an ex-offender who is working? I would love for you to contribute to this conversation. Here’s how:
- Call and leave a voicemail at 708-365-9822
- Go to TheVoiceofJobSeekers.com, press the “Send Voicemail” button on the right side of your screen and leave a message
- Send email feedback to email@example.com
- Alisa is a MCCF American Job Coordinator for the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights. She has won several awards for her work such as the Excellence Award and a Human Rights Hall of Fame Nominee. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and Wall Street Journal as an expert in helping ex-offenders in transition to find jobs and careers to contribute to society. Here are a few highlights from our conversation:
- Alisa shares her personal story of a family member’s crime affecting her life and career forever
- One of her goals for ex-offenders she teaches is to identify criminal thinking
- “Fast money does not last…” hard work is essential
- Her program helps their awareness of the alternatives of career production versus crime
- Many industries don’t care about your prison record, they care if you can do the job
- Get the first job you can to get the discipline, then career mobility will come
- Any job – better job – career is a realistic progression for ex-offenders
- “Education, preparation, and training must be done…”
- “Planting seeds and changing their minds is a great first step…”
- Ex-offenders should hang around people who are like-minded with dreams and goals
- Inspiring and visualizing better places will help them shift their thinking and often works as a deterrent
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