June 21, 2017
8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Minneapolis, MN
Hosted by U.S. Bank

Hiring ready to work talent can help you increase profitability by lowering hiring costs and giving you the skilled labor you need.

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People who want to work and who can
contribute to your business are not
getting through the HR gatekeepers.

Who Are These People?

“Ready to work” is a subset of the U.S. labor market who have been reskilled or upskilled and are looking for employment.

  • Veterans
  • People with disabilities
  • Opportunity youth
  • The underemployed
  • The long-term unemployed (LTU)

Your business can benefit from this pool of skilled labor.


of the LTU have college degrees

What You Can Do

EMPLOYERS can make hiring the ready to work a C-suite priority.

WORKFORCE INTERMEDIARIES can help bridge the gap between employees and employers.

POLICY MAKERS AND GRANT MAKERS can help us better understand the issue and recommend standards.

Join Our Advisory Board

Be a thought leader who develops hiring best practices targeted at ready to work talent.


Tax-deductible donations made payable to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors,
6 W. 48th Street, New York, NY  10036.
Please reference RTWBC

Assess Your Organization

Take this 2-minute quiz to find out how well prepared your organization is to attract ready to work talent.
1. Does your company plan to hire the long-term unemployed?
2. Is anyone in your company’s leadership or hiring team speaking up for the long-term unemployed?
3. Is hiring of long-term unemployed considered in Human Resource performance reviews?
4. Does your company actively recruit at places where long-term unemployed candidates can be found, such as community colleges?
5. Do job postings reflect the skills and knowledge required for the job?
6. Does your organization make sure that job postings attract the long-term unemployed?
7. Does your company work with intermediary organizations, such as nonprofits and government agencies, that specialize in finding work for the long-term unemployed?
8. Does your company use an employee referral program to attract candidates?
9. Is your hiring team aware of the value of hiring the long-term unemployed?
10. Does your company try to attract long-term unemployed job seekers directly?
11. Do you use filters as an early step in screening candidates?
12. Do your screening interviews take into account the special needs of long-term unemployed?
13. Does your company conduct a credit check as part of your hiring process?
14. When you make an offer, do you tell candidates about the possibilities for career advancement?
15. Does your company have an on-boarding process for long-term unemployed hires?
16. Does your company track the success of long-term unemployed candidates that you hire?

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Your connection to skilled LTU workers

We are an independent organization of business leaders who collaborate with local, state and national partners to accelerate the employment of ready to work talent. Ready To Work evolved out of a 2014 White House Call to Action to employers.
“The Ready To Work Business Collaborative helps businesses by connecting them with the government agencies and workforce intermediaries that bring qualified and pre-screened talent and employers together.”
 — Beverly M. Riddick, Executive Director