In today’s market, finding a job under the best of circumstances may prove to be a challenge.
It takes considerable time, effort and dedication to creating a resume, exploring job opportunities, sending resumes out and preparing for job interviews.
If you have a criminal record or a history of incarceration, you might find your job search downright daunting.
If you’re among the half a million people in the U.S. released from prison this year, you’ll certainly face challenges in obtaining employment, but the guidelines to successful job hunting are fairly similar for all individuals.
When you search for a job, it can feel like people re-punish you for your crime.
It’s not fair, but it is legal for an employer to deny a potential applicant based solely on his or her past criminal record.
If you find that your prison record is hindering your job search, there are a few ways to improve your odds.
You have resources close at hand that can help smooth your job hunting process.
You should be aware that some professions are not open to individuals with a felony conviction through statutory prohibitions: accounting, driving an ambulance, nursing, selling real estate, and teaching to name a few.
Do your research or talk with your attorney or probation officer. They have information that can help you with your job search.
Many prisons offer employment search support for ex-felons.
Look into the help offered in your area and take advantage of these services. They can eliminate blind searches and unnecessary frustrations.
Some prisons or justice advocates offer job training and support in developing job interview skills.
There are organizations that provide professional advice to ex-felons and job training as well.
Finally, there are companies that receive tax benefits or incentives for hiring people with a criminal record. You can further explore all of your options online, using the following resources: