One Stop connects felons to jobs

For a convicted felon, finding a job can be a difficult task.

Some companies won’t accept felons with certain convictions, while others don’t accept felons at all.

To help them find employment, Seneca County One Stop, a partner of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, offers a variety of resources.

Heidi Quirion, a customer service representative with the state of Ohio, said Seneca County One Stop, located at 3362 S. TR 151, offers a resource room free to anyone looking for assistance in finding a job.

Because those with felony convictions may have a harder time finding an accepting workplace, One Stop offers them help in resume-building and provides mock interviews, Quirion said.

The organization also connects them with staffing agencies that will work with felons.

“It’s all about finding the right agency,” she said.

In its resource room, newspapers, computers, lists of job sites and other information are available, Quirion said. An appointment is not needed to use the resource room, and an employee usually is present to assist people in creating a resume or in searching for a job.

“We always encourage people to use the resource room,” Quirion said.

Seneca County One Stop is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.