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8 Tips on Getting a Job with a Felony

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So you are part of 10% in the US population that has a felony. One mistake, poor judgment, a lack of guidance or whatever caused you to become convinced felon. Now you want to change, lead a normal and clean life and let me guess….. YOU CAN’T FIND A JOB!!! The brutal truth is that it that it takes a tremendous amount of work but getting a job with a felony conviction but it is not impossible!

 

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8 Tips on Getting a Job With a Felony

In this article we will give you some tips on getting a job with a felony, making the most of your situation and some other helpful information.

 

Tip #1 Think small to start

Larger employers are much more likely to have a standardized process in which they hire some, smaller locally owned business may not even go through the expense of doing a background check. Craigslist is chalked full of small business that need to hire someone ASAP. Check the listings everyday, twice a day if you live in a populated area so you are one of the first applicants. Getting a job with a felony at a small company where you can talk to the owner face to face is going to be your best bet. You can also check out our jobs for felons page.

 

Tip #2  Think Big Later

Large companies will do a background check. When you have exhausted all of your opportunities with smaller business then work on the big ones. Here are the factors that will be taken into account when you apply at a large company with a felony record.

  • Type of felony – Violent, nonviolent, theft or whatever
  • Time – The more time that passes since your release the better.
  • How far their background check is run

You can also check out our jobs for felons page.

 

Tip #3 Felony Disclosure – To tell or not to tell!

Sometimes it is best to be honest about your felony background and sometimes you should just keep your mouth shut. This is a judgment call that you will have to make on the spot. If you think that they will run a background check then you need to say something. If they are needing someone ASAP and they never mention anything then just let it go.

 

Tip #4  Don’t forget about online jobs

Some companies hire people to work from home. A number of these jobs will require you to be an independent contractor, meaning your felony conviction will never come up. We have an entire page of online jobs for felons here.

 

Tip #6 Just do it yourself

Becoming self employed is no easy task but it can be done if you put your mind to it and arm yourself with the right information. Getting a job with a felony is much easier when you create your own job. We have a page that will give you some ideas for becoming self employed as a felon. They are low cost start ups ideas that anyone can do.

 

Tip #7 Education

Just because you are a felon does not mean that you shouldn’t be interested in continuing your education. If you want to go back to school or even learn a trade then go for it. You can find information about student loans and grants for felons here.

 

Tip #7 Attitude

Someone that has not been through the system or in your does not understand the hurdles you face. It is important to not let your situation get you down. It is also important not to make yourself sound like a victim to other people, particularly employers. They do care about what has happened in your life, they care about how well you can perform a task! Be upbeat, look people in the eye but don’t overdo it. Sell yourself on your skills and knowledge, not your past!

 

Tip #8 Communication

You need a resume. Nothing real fancy but everything HAS to be spelled correctly!

 

Tip #8 Reentry Programs

It may be worth your time to look over our directory of reentry programs for felons. Most of these programs help with housing, food, job skills, resumes and most importantly have local information about getting a job with a felony.

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