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Done the Time, Paid for the Crime, Can’t Find a JOB! Ouch!


You have served your time, learned from your mistake and now you are trying to find a job.  Yet, ever where you go you cannot find a job.  At this point you are at a folk in the road.  You have options, although you are not feeling it right now.  You can turn to the right and keeping looking for a job, or you can turn to the left and make some quick money that possibly might land you back in jail.  Your decision is a measure of your character.  How you handle life challenges is a measure of how successful you will be.  A prescription for success is perseverance, hard work, faith in yourself and in a higher power, dealing honestly with people, and producing quality work.

Finding a Job:
  • Goodwill:  Many people don’t realize that the Goodwill has a large job-posting community, with many jobs for ex-cons. Visit them online, or go into any Goodwill center.
  • Department of Justice:  Look at the Department of Justice re-entry pages for prisoners. This resource lists agencies that can help you find a job, state by state. They also explain how your employer can get a tax break for hiring you.
  • National Hire Network: This website lists a number of employers that specifically look to hire people who are just out of prison. They also have a specific page with links that you can show your employer, detailing how to get a tax refund for hiring ex-cons and answering questions they may have.
  • Prison Talk: This forum allows you to talk to other formerly incarcerated people. You can network with them to find job opportunities.

Completing the Application and then Interview Process:
  • Know your rights. Be a knowledgeable applicant. Visit your State Department web site and review what an employer can check.
  • Read the job application. Read the application carefully, so you are informed as to what will be checked.
  • Disclose only what is asked. Only disclose the information you need to, based on the employment application.
  • Be honest. If you're asked about credit or your criminal record and have issues, explain the circumstances. The employer will value an explanation upfront, rather than discovering that there is a problem when they get your report.

No one said it will be easy.  You will have many setbacks, but if you stick to your job search, you will eventually land a job.  Then work diligently and continue to strive for advancements.  Following these steps, you will be off and running!

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