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Must read Terms of Service & Privacy Policy and be at least 18

 
Roxanne
Roxanne

1. Make a CV and ask someone to read over it for spelling/grammar. Here are examples: CV Example. List everything you have done both in and out of prison. Jobs, seminars, courses etc.

2. Be honest about your crime. You will lose your job if you lie on the application and they find out later. When it comes to ticking that box it is important to write "will explain on intervew".

3. Practise a little speech about your crime in front of a mirror. Try not to make it sound like you're making excuses for what you did, that you take full responsibility, that you paid for your crime and are passionate about re-building your new life.
What worked very well for my husband was saying something like this: "I understand that there are thousands out there who do not have a criminal record but they don't have something to prove like I do - that by itself is my personal guarantee that I will work twice as hard in appreciation for you giving me that chance."

4. Be prepared to hear "We're not hiring at this time" and "No thanks" and "No". Be prepared to hear it a LOT, be prepared to hear it again and again. Don't let it get to you and do NOT give up. There is someone out there who is willing to give you a second chance. You will feel depressed, discouraged and frustrated and you will want to give up at some point. Just don't.... do NOT give up. Go out there, spread that CV around like there is no tomorrow.... it will pay off eventually.

 
wolfdreamer
wolfdreamer

[SIZE=3]Always keep your head up never give up.[/SIZE]

 
bradc30
bradc30

Felonies are the big hang up with job searches. However, some states have programs that will either bond (insure) a felon to get an employer to hire them, or some even have programs that can seal or expunge the record when it comes to a background check. Make sure you find out if any of these programs are available in your state.

It also helps to work on an education that warrants this type of action also. For example, if you were convicted of a drug related felony and want a career in business. Showing a judge you have a degree in business and are having problems finding a job because of background checks will carry some weight. You are more likely to get a Judge to seal your record. Judges like to see a serious attempt to change and a degree is a serious attempt. Realize that these people know that an education leads to opportunities, and opportunities lead to change, and they do not want to see you back in front of them.

Minnesota has a state program that bonds felons if an employer chooses to hire them. You have to arrange the bond (insurance) ahead of time though to get anywhere. So check with the government and Social services before you get an interview. Another words, get your ducks in a row ahead of time. Some states even offer tax benefits to business owners if they hire these bonded felons (Minnesota included).