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Jobs for Felons: How to get a Job with a Criminal Record

Written By: Eric Mayo http://www.jailtojob.com/From%20Jail%20to%20a %20Job.html For ex-offenders and felons getting jobs in today's economy is very hard. I no! beca"se I !or !ith some everyday. I !ish there !ere some magic tric each one of them co"ld learn that !o"ld easily allo! them to find jobs# b"t "nfort"nately there is not. I meet ex-felons that feel they are excl"ded from society beca"se they are ro"tinely singled o"t for things that are in their $asts. %s hard as they try to $"t the $ast behind them# the stigma of having a criminal record ee$s them from getting jobs. I tell all of my st"dents not to ex$ect anyone to feel sorry for them and not to loo for any favors. More than li ely# there !ill be no favors and very little forgiveness. &his story is not all doom and gloom. &he fact is# there are exoffenders and felons hired everyday. &here are em$loyers !ho !ill give them a chance. &he challenge is finding the em$loyers. 'aving a criminal record !ill $"t them at a disadvantage !hen it comes to getting hired. &his does not ma e the sit"ation im$ossible# j"st more of a challenge. &he only !ay to overcome this diffic"lt sit"ation is to be smarter and be committed to !or ing harder. %re yo" !illing to do !hat it ta es to get a job( %re yo" !illing to $"t the !or in( It !ill ta e a !hole lot more that filling o"t a fe! a$$lications and s$ending the rest of the time hanging o"t !aiting for the $hone to ring. &hat sim$ly is not going to be eno"gh. )o" m"st be $re$ared for forty ho"rs $er !ee # !or ing on yo"r res"me and intervie! s ills# finding job leads# ma ing contacts and filling o"t a$$lications. &here are jobs for felons if they are !illing to do !hat it ta es to find them. In this article# !e !ill loo at some things that can hel$ ex-offenders and felons greatly im$rove their o$$ort"nities to get hired.

Jobs for Felons: How to get a Job with a Criminal Record

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Resumes are a Must % res"me is an absol"te m"st for anyone !ho is loo ing for a job. I never send one of my st"dents on a job search !itho"t one. % res"me is a $o!erf"l !ay to $resent ones# abilities# ex$erience# training and accom$lishments in a neat $ac age. % good res"me !ill hel$ an em$loyer to decide to give a job see er an intervie!. *ince the res"me is s"ch an im$ortant element of a s"ccessf"l job search# job see ers sho"ld be s"re to have a !ell !ritten one. If yo" do not have a !ell !ritten res"me yo" sho"ld get hel$ !riting one from someone !ho has ex$erience doing this. Where can Job Leads be Found Many felons loo ing for jobs t"rn to the +'el$ Wanted+ section of their local ne!s$a$ers. %nother $o$"lar choice is online job boards li e Monster.com or ,obs.com. &hese are o$tions !hile $o$"lar# are the most effective !ay to find o$en jobs. By far the most effective !ay to find o$en jobs is +-et!or ing.+ -et!or ing is sim$ly tal ing to $eo$le yo" already no! to find o"t if they no! of any o$en jobs. )o" !ill be s"r$rised at ho! !ell this !or s. .on't limit yo"rself to j"st friends and family. &al to $eo$le at yo"r ch"rch# cas"al ac/"aintances and $eo$le yo" do b"siness !ith li e yo"r barber or hairstylist. %nother excellent $lace to find o$en jobs is yo"r local state s$onsored em$loyment office or 0ne-sto$ 1areer center. &hese centers along !ith having lists of jobs in the area can also hel$ !ith res"me !riting# intervie!ing s ills and other job search related services. &hese services are all free. )o" can find yo" local center here: !!!.servicelocator.org

Jobs for Felons: How to get a Job with a Criminal Record

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%nother great so"rce of good job o$$ort"nities is to a$$ly for tem$orary em$loyment. Many em$loyers need tem$orary hel$. % lot of tem$orary em$loyees are hired $ermanently if they t"rn o"t to be good !or ers. It is my ex$erience# smaller inde$endent em$loyment agencies are more li ely to hire felons# than the larger nationally no!n ones. 0ften the large agencies have limitations that excl"de those !ith criminal records. Inde$endently o!ned agencies are free to em$loy anyone they !ant to# so an individ"al !ith a criminal record !ill stand a better chance at getting hired by a$$lying to them.

!roper "nter#iew $lothin% &he first im$ression yo" ma e on an em$loyer is the most im$ortant one. )o" !ill never get a second chance to ma e a first im$ression. &he intervie!er !ill begin to j"dge yo" from the moment yo" !al in and that first j"dgment !ill be ho! yo" loo . &hat's !hy# in most cases# it is im$ortant to dress $rofessionally for a job intervie!# no matter !hat the !or environment is. .o yo" have clothing s"itable for an intervie!( &he $erfect loo for men !o"ld be a dar s"it# a light colored shirt and a color coordinated tie. Many of my st"dents !ho are j"st coming home do not have access to s"its. &he minim"m loo is a $air of dar slac s !ith a light colored shirt and a color coordinated tie. &he shoes sho"ld be leather and shined. Boots or snea ers are not acce$table2 &he hair sho"ld be neatly c"t and the face sho"ld be cleanly shaven. If a beard is !orn# it sho"ld be neatly trimmed. .o not forget to trim the fingernails

Jobs for Felons: How to get a Job with a Criminal Record

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&he $erfect loo for !omen is a classic $ant or s irt s"it !ith a light colored blo"se. &he shoes sho"ld be clean and have a moderate heel and al!ays !orn !ith $antyhose. &he hairstyle sho"ld be neat !ith the hair a!ay from the face. &he nails sho"ld be neatly trimmed !ith tastef"l $olish. 3oo in the mirror. 'o! do yo" thin yo" loo ( .o yo" loo li e a criminal or someone going to a b"siness meeting( )o"r overall loo sho"ld say +I am a $rofessional.+ &his is the $rofessional loo yo" sho"ld have !henever yo" are on yo"r job search. Whether yo" are going to intervie! or j"st fill o"t a$$lications# this is ho! yo" sho"ld loo . !ractice Ma&es 'reat "nter#iews If everything goes as according to $lan# yo" !ill get intervie!s. &he intervie! is !here yo" can tal abo"t yo"r s ills and yo"r $ast ex$erience. 4emember an intervie! is a b"siness meeting so be friendly at all times# b"t ee$ it $rofessional. &he intervie! is a time to sell yo"rself not telling yo"r life story or tal ing abo"t the mista es yo" have made in the $ast. If the /"estion of yo"r record comes "$# and it $robably !ill# briefly ac no!ledge it b"t do not s$end too m"ch time tal ing abo"t it. 1enter the conversation on !hat has ha$$ened since yo"r conviction and !hat yo" have done to im$rove yo"rself. Wor on a friendly smile# good handsha e# eye contact and other forms of body lang"age. )o" have to ma e the intervie!er as comfortable !ith yo" as $ossible. Ma e a list of /"estions yo" thin an intervie!er !ill as and $ractice doing entire intervie!s from beginning to end. 5et a friend or family member to hel$ yo". )o" can ta e t"rns being both the intervie!er and the a$$licant. 6racticing !ill hel$ yo" b"ild good comm"nication s ills and hel$ yo"r ans!ers so"nd nat"ral. 3i e anything else# intervie!ing is a s ill that !ill get better the more yo" $ractice.

Jobs for Felons: How to get a Job with a Criminal Record

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Finding jobs !ith a criminal record is diffic"lt b"t follo!ing the ti$s above !ill hel$ yo" com$ete for jobs. )o" may not get the first job yo" intervie! for b"t em$loyers hire ex-offenders and felons everyday. Wor hard finding job leads and $ractice intervie!ing# yo" can get a job2 1hec o"t my list of com$anies that hire felons here: htt$:77!!!.jailtojob.com71om$anies89:that89:'ire89:Ex-offenders 89:and89:Felons.html
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Jobs for Felons: How to get a Job with a Criminal Record

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