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Second-Chance Employer Job Boards

These sites specifically include jobs for formerly incarcerated people.

General Job Boards

Statewide Job Organizations


The statewide unemployment center that offers self-help programs, group programs/activities, workshops, one on one consultations, training programs. Check website for locations.

Defy Ventures

Provides entrepreneurship training, employment preparation, character development, Shark Tank-style pitch competitions, startup incubation, and executive mentorship.

Business Impact NW

1437 S Jackson Street Seattle, WA 98144

Provides business coaching and loans. To provide financial and technical support to entrepreneurs in economically marginalized communities who would not otherwise have access to financial services.

OIC of Washington

Services for low-income agricultural workers including job referral/placement, career planning, educational assessments, vocational training and work experience.

Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Working cooperatively with the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation [DVR], several Tribes provide services to American Indians with disabilities who are seeking employment.  See the website below for which Tribes have programs.  Locally, the Samish Vocation Rehabilitation Program serves Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties.  Contact Donna Adamson, Director, at 360-726-3647.

Kitsap Job Organizations

CORE Services

West Sound Treatment Program

Helps individuals affected by substance use disorder get back to work and/or school. Services include case management, vocational assessment and navigation, GED testing/enrollment support, employment barrier removal (Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Food Handler’s, etc), computer lab, clothing closet, and transportation assistance for inpatient treatment/detox, and to/from legal obligations, legal-financial obligation guidance advocacy. Call or complete request for services application on website.

Employment Assistance, Kitsap Community Resources

3200 SE Rainshadow Court, Port Orchard, WA 98366

Assists those who are unemployed/underemployed and/or who have barriers to obtaining work. Offers individual job search, resume/job application assistance, career assessments, labor market information, job training information, job preparation workshops, and computer lab access. Worksource affiliate. Call or sign up online for orientation.

Goodwill Job Training and Education Center

4209 Wheaton Way, Bremerton, WA 98310

Offers free classes in a range of subjects (including ESOL, Computers, High School Completion/GED, and Retail and Customer Service), vocational training programs, and support services including case management and individualized employment support.

Pathways to Success

360-337-4806, orientation at local Worksource

Assists eligible young adults, ages 16-24, with academic support, tutoring, college admission, financial aid assistance, and high school completion/GED. Offers employment supports such as job training, skill building, mentoring, and connection to work experience. Call to schedule an intake.

Sound Works Job Center

787 NW Liberty Road Poulsbo, WA 98370

Career counseling, employment skill building, and job referral services. Call for an appointment and current drop-in locations.

Volunteer Kitsap

United Way of Kitsap County

Online virtual volunteer center that allows volunteers to connect with opportunities that interest them. Can track service hours for any required reporting.

Pierce Job Organizations

Pierce County Library Job + Business Center

Online resource, free to anyone with a Pierce County Library card. There are resources available for people who are looking for employment (resume templates and assistance; live, online interview coaching; and career interest assessments); for people looking to earn technology certifications; for small business owners (guides for writing a business plan and setting up a business, access to databases to conduct market research, and access to websites where you can find a mentor); and for new adults (information about career searches, finding a job, and going to college).

DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

Multiple Locations

If you have a disability, you may be eligible for re-training or job placement assistance here.

Additional Information: Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides services to American Indians with disabilities who are seeking employment. For Puyallup Tribe, contact Amy Diederich in Tacoma at 253-983-6531 or Stacy Ricker in Puyallup at 253-256-0166).

City of Tacoma – Local Employment and Apprenticeship Training Program (LEAP)

LEAP is a mandatory City of Tacoma program adopted to provide employment opportunities for City of Tacoma residents. It is also for Pierce County residents who are also registered apprentices, youth and/or Veterans. It requires Contractors performing qualifying public works projects or service contracts to ensure that 15 percent of the total labor hours worked on the project are performed by LEAP-qualified employees.

To determine if an employee’s residence is LEAP-qualified, visit their site enter your address in the search box above, use the ‘My Location’ button on mobile devices, or click a property on the map. Job seekers interested in construction careers, LEAP provides resources for three categories: employment opportunities, training for trade, and employment support services.

St. Vincent De Paul

Multiple Locations

Provides on-the-job training and rehabilitation services at two retail locations (Tacoma store and Summit store).

Tacoma Community House

1314 South L Street, Tacoma, WA 98405

Offer free employment services for adults (18 and older) who want to improve their skill set and find a job that aligns with their financial and career goals.

Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber: The Voice for Business

950 Pacific Ave. Suite 300 Tacoma, Washington 98402

Provides a list of local employment support services (e.g. People Ready, TrueBlue, HireCall, LaborWorks).

Make It Tacoma

City of Tacoma Community & Economic Development Department 747 Market Street, 9th Floor Tacoma, WA 98402

Offers assistance to entrepreneurs, business owners, investors, and site selectors easily find the information they need to be successful in Tacoma.

Skagit Job Organizations

Evergreen Goodwill (formerly Goodwill Industries) – Skagit

242 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Offers those with criminal backgrounds pre-release services, basic skills development, employment readiness training, occupational skill training, and job placement assistance. Register online anytime for classes.

DSHS Division of Vocational Rehabilitation(DVR)

900 East College Way, Suite 120, Mount Vernon

If you have a disability, you may be eligible for re-training or job placement assistance here.

Washington Vocational Services

503 E Fairhaven Ave, Burlington 98233

Career counseling, vocational rehab, and services for disabled persons.

North Puget Sound Carpenters Training Center

401 East Hickox Road, Mount Vernon 98273

Information: Carpentry Apprenticeship Program [Cert]

Northwest Washington Pipe Trades Apprenticeship

780 Chrysler Drive, Burlington 98233

Plumber/Pipefitter Apprenticeship Program [Cert]

Northwest Hair Academy

615 South 1st Street Mount Vernon 98273

Cosmetology [Cert]

Hunger to Hope Job Training Program (Program of Friendship House)


Free 12-week kitchen apprenticeship certification program. Application and interview required. Participation limited to 8 apprentices.

More Education & Employment Guides

Occupational Guides

Learn how a criminal record impacts the ability to join some of the career fields requiring occupational licenses.


Employment Legal FAQ

Incarceration can impact your ability to get a job. Learn how to navigate challenges, find a job, and know your rights.

Places to Find Jobs

Local organizations that help people find jobs and online job boards, including those specifically for people who have been incarcerated.


Education Programs

There are lots of organization supporting people seeking further education.