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Let us help make your search for jobs that hire felons easier. Review these job search tips for ex-offenders to help you get started!
Quick Tips for Finding Felon Jobs
Having trouble finding a second chance job? Do you keep applying to companies only to be turned down for jobs? Finding felony friendly jobs does not have to be impossible. It can take time and having patience is an essential requirement. Using proven techniques you can significantly increase your chances of finding employment opportunities in your own community.
Some helpful tips for finding jobs at companies that hire felons and can help you get hired now:
- Realize that your job search is not going to be an overnight process. It is going to take time and you need to be ready and organized. You should start by purchasing a notebook and calendar. Although your mobile phone and/or computer have apps that you can use to take notes and schedule appointments, having a physical copy will make your life a lot easier and help you to become better organized over time.
- Use your notebook to take an inventory of your skills, education, work experience, and personal references. Rank your job skills by the level of skill. Your personal references should be people that have an close knowledge of you as a person and your work ethic. This may include pastor, previous employer or coworkers, and even a probation or parole officer. You should avoid family and friends if possible.
- After you have taken a personal inventory it is time to begin thinking about the types of jobs you are interested in. It is also important to remember that as a felon it may be difficult, and even impossible, to go back to your old career. When considering types of employment opportunities that interest you, you should also consider how your criminal conviction may or may not impact your ability to be hired by companies. For example, if you have a recent theft charge you will most likely find it difficult to find jobs in retail or where handling cash are a requirement. Also be aware that many states have collateral consequence laws that prevent individuals from obtaining needed licenses or working in particular career paths. For example, you may find that as a felon you will have a difficult time working in the medical field. This should not be a deterrent, as often times your ability to re-enter these careers will become easier over time and you are able to show that your past mistakes are in the past.
- Prepare your resume and cover letter. These should be tailored for each employer. You want to highlight the job skills, experience, and education that are most relevant to the job you are applying for. This is not to say you need to have a different resume for every job, but at least make sure the resume you submit is relevant for the position you are applying for. Cover letters on the other hand should be written specifically to the company you are applying to. They should highlight why you are the candidate they should hire for the position. You want to show them that you read the job posting and how you can help make their company better.
- Understand how your conviction relates to the jobs you are looking for and how you can reduce employer concerns. Having a felony conviction does not have to prevent you from getting a job. However, you have to be realistic when applying to jobs and understand how your felony may or may not impact your ability to be hired. Applying to companies or jobs that in all likelihood will not hire you only wastes your time and will lead to a longer job search. For example, as we said above, if you have felony convictions for theft or robbery you most likely will not be hired for jobs in retail or banking.
- Apply to as many jobs as possible. Search and apply daily. We update our job database daily with thousands of jobs from across the United States. Using your job skill inventory you compiled above you should search for jobs each day. Apply to any and all job opportunities that come back and that you are qualified for.
- Attend job fairs and career readiness events. These events are an excellent opportunity to meet employers in your area that are actively hiring. Being able to talk directly to hiring managers can be the difference between getting hired and becoming just another resume. Career readiness events allow you learn new skills, brush up on old skills, get assistance with your resume, and/or help you prepare for interviews amongst other things.
- Even without a felony conviction, the number one way people find jobs is through their network of friends and family. When searching for a job you need to be talking to anyone and everyone. You need to tell them you are trying to find a job, the types of jobs that interest you, and asking if they know of any jobs personally or know someone that may be able to help. You should also ask them to keep you in mind should they hear or see a job opening.
- Go back to school. Pell grants are available to felons. Apply for apprenticeship programs or take CDL training. Often times these programs offer free to low-cost training opportunities in exchange for employment commitments.
- Prepare for interviews. Before you attend a job interview you should thoroughly prepare. Review information about the company, their history, their products and/or services. Understand the position you are interviewing for. Practice answering interview questions with a friend or family member. Be sure you know how you will answer questions about your criminal history. Be honest and upfront. Explain the circumstances, what you learned, and how you have changed. Don't pass blame. Accept responsibility for your past and show you have changed.