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.
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.
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
- 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!