LinkedIn’s New Feature Helps People With Criminal Records Find Work

The Fair Chance filter identifies potential employers that have pledged to consider their applications

LinkedIn's new Fair Chance job filter LinkedIn

LinkedIn debuted its Fair Chance job filter, which is aimed at helping people with criminal records who are ready to reenter the work force.

Head of social impact Meg Garlinghouse said in a blog post that over 70 million Americans have criminal records, and many are facing obstacles when trying to get back on their feet and find gainful employment.

The Fair Chance job filter enables job seekers to easily identify employers that have pledged to consider applications with criminal records.

It is currently available in the U.S. via the web, with iOS and Android coming soon.

Beverly Parenti, executive director of The Last Mile, a nonprofit that provides business and technology training to incarcerated people to help ease their reentry into society, said in the blog post, “We believe that having a job and support from the business community are the keys to successful reentry and breaking the cycle of recidivism in America. As a country of second chances, the Fair Chance initiative is a huge step to unlocking the human potential for those who are motivated to build a better future. Furthermore, it has been proven time and time again that some of the most loyal, motivated employees are from this population that should be judged by the quality of their work, not the stigma of their past.”

Garlinghouse added, “At LinkedIn, we believe that two people with equal talent should have equal access to opportunity. No matter your education or experience, we want LinkedIn to be a place where you can learn David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.