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


Email: hjfounders@honestjobs.co

Phone: (614) 954-0034

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

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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