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How To Find A Job As A Felon

One of the great struggles for felons is finding a job as we all know. We at Help For Felons have written a very detailed guide on how to find a job as a felon. In addition to this we also have many pages dedicated to jobs but it is impossible for us to list every employer in the United States that will hire a felon. Because of this it is very important to understand and know how to find a job as a felon in your local area and this is what this guide will teach you how.

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The Guide On How To Find A Job As A Felon

Graphic of jobs available to felonsIt is very important to keep a positive attitude when seeking out jobs. Often times we become our own worst enemy with thoughts like “I will never get a job” , “I really messed up, my life is over”, “I’m an ex-felon and paid my debt already and…” and “this is just not fair because _______ (fill in the blank). All of the above complaints may be valid but they just don’t matter because life is what it is . You have to make a choice to either make up your mind that you will get a job or that you will not. Make this choice and stick to it, live it and do your best.


Stop wasting your time by applying for jobs!

Hugh? Yea I said it but there is more to it than that though.

What I am really saying is to stop applying for jobs that you can’t get because of your felony record. If you have a conviction for theft do not bother applying at business that sell any type of product like retail stores. Rather than wasting your time with them start applying for manufacturing jobs or labor jobs. You need to match your felony conviction to employers that will not feel directly threatened by.

  • Theft – No Retail stores will hire you.
  • Forgery/Fraud – Stay away from positions that handle credit cards or personal information.
  • Felony DUI/DWI – Lets not go for that pizza delivery job.

How to sort through job advertisements and postings

  1. Get a list of jobs together and match yourself to companies that will not feel as threatened by your particular felony conviction.
  2. Next match the remaining jobs to your skills.
  3. Finally go ahead and apply for all of the positions that you may be qualified for.


So… Where do I find these jobs that felons can apply for?

Now that you know what jobs to look for we will give you some killer tips on where to and how to find jobs for felons.

Craigslist – Not everyone thinks of craigslist when looking for a job but there are tons of jobs on there for a wide variety of jobs. A lot of small businesses use craigslist to advertise. This is a good thing for a couple of reasons:

  • It is possible you will run into a company that either does not run a background check or does not care that much about criminal records.
  • Since there are a lot of small businesses advertising you may actually get to talk to the owner face to face. This is much better than a human resources employee that reads a company policy book all day long!
  • Odd Jobs – Look under “gigs”. These are easy jobs like yard work and sign spinning.  If you need some cash now to hold you over then take a look at what is listed.


Indeed – Learn how to search for jobs for felons on indeed. Here is how to search on indeed:

When you search on put the term “felony” in the search box and then enter the state you live in. After you hit search all the job postings that have the word felony in them will be brought up. Not all of these jobs will be felony friendly but it will allow you to see which jobs say things like “No felons” or “Felonies must be over three years old.” This can easily show you what jobs are possible for you to get.


Walk in – Sometimes we get all wrapped up in searching online only. Take a look around you and just start walking into really small businesses.  Ask them if they have any positions open or if they know of anyone that is hiring.


Use our resources – Take a look at the resources we have also.

Click the “+” to expand tabs.

Jobs for Felons Hub
Felon Resource Center (Housing, Grants, Loans & Reentry)
Legal Information for Felons
This and That


Final Advice about how to find a job as a felon

It is not uncommon to apply for about 200 jobs in order to actually find one that will hire you. Make sure that you are prepared and ready for every interview that you get. Make your your job finding a job until you reach that goal. The more applications you put in the greater your chances are.

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9 thoughts on “How To Find A Job As A Felon

  1. I have found this site so helpful I am a program Counselor for substance abuse in the florida department of corrections. I work closely trying to help inmates find legitimate resources.

  2. I actually teach inmates with felony records that are nearing release ways to use Craigslist to make money and find jobs. A lot of the men have a business mentality, but they just need someone to show them how to make money legally using the skills they learned in the streets. This is a great article and I’m glad I found it in my search. Feel free to checkout my website to see what I teach at the local jails in my area. Be blessed!

    1. Hi how are you doing this is James Winder I was looking for a job but I’m having a hard time because I am a felony and I can’t get no help anyway trying my best to find a job because I really need to work I’m trying to stay out of trouble what is stressing me because Everywhere I Go put applications in but I would like I can’t be qualified so I really need help if you can help me it will be thankful


  3. I have a multitude of Felony convictions on my record ranging from felony driving while revoked to Assault to Delivery of a Controlled Substance. In total I believe I have close to 20 felonies and I know that my heart sinks everytime i see that question on an application or the phrase “must be able to pass a background check”. I made alot of bad choices (that I regret) when I was younger which resulted in my becoming a felon putting me on the no hire list for most employers. However, some of my more recent charges were gained in part as a result of not being hireable. We all have basic needs that must be met and even felons can’t go without those things. What happens when employers refuse to give felons a chance to work and live life on the straight and narrow is that we end up reverting back to criminal means in order to have our basic needs met. If society wants the crime rate to drop and for offenders to not reoffend, then society needs to allow felons to move past their mistakes and be reformed which includes being able to get a decent job making liveable wages, to be able to rent an apartment in a location that is not right smack in the middle of the worst neighborhoods imaginable where they are face to face with negative people and lifestyles everyday, and they need to be given the same opportunities to move forward and excel in life as anybody else if they’re willing to stay on the straight and narrow and put forth the effort and work for it. Being singled out and discriminated against based on criminal background is wrong. Just because someone is able to pass a criminal background check doesn’t mean that they aren’t a criminal and haven’t committed any crimes, it just means they haven’t been caught as of yet. Every criminal was able to pass a background check until the first time they got caught…Do you think the first time they got caught was the first time they ever committed a crime??? There isn’t one living person out there who can say that they have never committed a crime.

    1. @Tracy Martin I agree with everything you are saying. My heart goes out to you but hopefully you are doing well.

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