Hard2Hire.com Relaunches with Employment Opportunities and Services for Ex-Offenders, Recently Laid-Off Workers, the Disabled and Baby Boomers

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Free Website Sets Goal of Putting 1 Million Unemployed People to Work in 2009

Hard2Hire.com is a marketplace that benefits everyone

Hard2Hire.com, a free website dedicated to helping jobseekers who may not fit the ideal employee profile connect with potential employers, today announced that it is expanding its original charter of helping ex-offenders rejoin the American workforce to offer its employment matchmaking services to the millions of recently laid-off workers, disabled workers, and older workers. The company is committed to helping at least 1 million Americans return to work in 2009.

With national unemployment rates at a 16-year high of 7.2 percent, those who are categorized as 'hard to hire' face an increasingly challenging employment environment. At any given moment, there are more than 2 million jobs available with Hard2Hire's participating employers. These companies, which include UPS, Jiffy-Lube and Mayflower Transit, have agreed to legitimately consider Hard2Hire.com applicants.

"Hard2Hire.com is a marketplace that benefits everyone," said Brian Poe, founder and CEO of Hard2Hire.com and author of A Guide to Expungements and Pardons. "What employers don't necessarily realize is that these candidates bring more than a positive attitude and relevant skill set. In some cases, employers who hire a candidate are eligible to receive federal and state subsidies. Ex-offenders in particular are supported by federal bonding programs to provide a measure of protection to the employer. The vision behind Hard2Hire.com was to create a win-win situation for everyone involved."

For ex-offenders, employers provide specific feedback about criminal backgrounds they will consider including the nature of the crime and how long ago it took place. Hard2Hire.com has developed similar intelligent matching processes for the other categories as well. For example, employers will provide information about the physical requirements of the job in order to help match disabled workers. This transparency results in a faster, more efficient hiring process.

Hard2Hire.com is actively expanding its employer database by contacting thousands of employers each month to solicit participation and to identify new job openings to offer members.

About Hard2Hire.com
Since its launch in 2008, Hard2Hire.com has added more than 80,000 new members, bringing focus to populations that have traditionally been overlooked in the hiring process. The company is committed to helping at least 1 million Americans return to work in 2009. For more information or to gauge eligibility, please visit http://www.Hard2Hire.com.

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