ABOUT US

We believe that work is central to who we are as human beings and as a community. 

 

Honest Jobs is a national job marketplace for people who have been affected by the criminal justice system. Since launching in 2019, the marketplace has attracted nearly 400 companies by providing technology that makes it easy to offer fair-chance employment while staying compliant with laws and HR best practices.

Harley Blakeman

Founder & CEO | Fair-Chance Certified

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Mark Doyle

Chief Technology Officer

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Melissa Busdeker

Senior Recruiter | Fair-Chance Certified

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Anthony Gordon

Senior Software Engineer

Melissa Dickerson

Operations Manager | Fair-Chance Certified

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​Artur Yagdzhiyants

Senior Software Engineer

CONTACT

Email: hjfounders@honestjobs.co

Phone: (614) 954-0034

Address: 580 Office Parkway, Suite 130, Westerville, Ohio 43082

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HONEST JOBS IN THE NEWS

March 2021

 

The Metropreneur | Honest Jobs Wins Pitch Competition in SXSW “Future of Work” Category

Columbus Business First | Startup helping people land jobs after prison raises $1.2M after pandemic pivot, TechStars

Columbus Business First | 'They needed a first chance' – the motivation behind Harley Blakeman's startup Honest Jobs

February 2021

 

SXSW | The Best of Startups: Announcing SXSW Pitch 2021 Finalists and Alternates

December 2020

 

Columbus CEO | Honest Jobs online marketplace helps people with criminal records find employment

November 2020

 

Daily Camera | Techstars begins new workforce-development accelerator

Columbus Alive | Harley Blakeman’s journey from prison to tech startup CEO

Tech Times | HonestJobs' CEO Harley Blakeman: On Helping People with Criminal Record Find Jobs via Online Marketplace

August 2020

 

ABC 6 | Ohio State graduate creates website to help people with criminal records find employers


The Metropreneur | Honest Jobs Leverages Client Feedback to Build Version 2.0

March 2020

 

Forbes | Prison Fueled This Founder’s Passion To Fight Recidivism

February 2020

 

WOSU Public Media | Ohio State Graduate Works To Connect People With Criminal Records To Job

January 2020

 

Spectrum News | More Than an Ex-Convict: Honest Jobs
 

US News & World Report | Ban the Box: Opening the Door to College for Felons
 

The Lantern | Ohio State Alumnus Gives People With Criminal Record Place In Job Market

December 2019

 

The Columbus Dispatch | Former felon starts website to help ex-criminals find jobs

October 2019

 

The Metropreneur | Work the Real Reward for Winners of Social Enterprise Awards

June 2019

 

American Bar Association | How to help people with criminal records break barriers to employment

April 2019

 

The Metropreneur | Honest Jobs Platform Launched by Local Entrepreneur

February 2019

 

TEDx | The Secret Life Sentence of Being a Felon


The Lantern | Reformed Ex-Convict To Share Story At Tedx Talk