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Jobs for Ex-offenders: Educated Ex-offenders and Felons can find Jobs

by Eric Mayo on May 27, 2014

Jobs for Ex-offenders: Educated Ex-offenders and Felons can find Jobs

 

Jobs for Ex-offenders: Educated Ex-offenders and Felons can find JobsHi,

I have relocated to the state of AZ a year ago from the MD.  Since living here I have looked and looked for job security. I am enrolled in school time obtaining a bachelors in Health Admin Management. I also have an Associates in Business Admin as well. I do not have any offenses since my incident back in 2007.  I am now 26 and cannot find a job that pays more than minimum wage. I just would like to know what I can do to be able to receive employment without being judged from my past. I certainly contain all the right credentials and experience. I have attached my resume so you can see what what I am talking about.

Jobs for Ex-offenders: Educated Ex-offenders and Felons can find Jobs

 

It’s good to see that you will not let your past define who you are.  As I suggest to all ex-offenders and felons I work with, many of whom have college degrees, to be creative when looking for jobs.  You may also have to be patient.  It was nearly six years after I graduated college that I got a job I felt my degree warranted.  Until that time, I often had to humble myself and took lesser jobs until my time came.

I often suggest to my students, when they find jobs they would like, to apply for them with their resumes and very well written cover letters that introduce them and ask for an interview.  For example, if you find an advertisement for a job, your cover letter may look a little like this:

 

Craig J. Martin
321 North Drive
Houston, TX  77058

(281) 555-6402

July 11, 2013

Mr. Frederick J. Diggets
General Manager
XYZ Company
505 Kravitz Ave.

Houston, TX  77058

Dear Mr. Diggets:

This letter is written in response to your recent advertisement in the Houston Cash Gazette for Training Assistant.

I believe I am qualified for the position that you are advertising.  In addition I pride myself in being a hard-working, dependable, and responsible person.

I would appreciate the opportunity to schedule an appointment at your convenience to discuss the position with you in detail.  Enclosed is a copy of my resume.  Hopefully it will be helpful in further establishing my qualifications.  I can be reached at (281) 555-6402.  I am looking forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

Craig J. Martin

Enclosure

 

Often when my students apply for jobs this way, the question of a criminal record may never come up.  If it does, briefly explain your circumstances but Jobs for Ex-offenders: Educated Ex-offenders and Felons can find Jobsshift the conversation to what you have been doing since.  You may have to do a little homework to get the name and title of the person who can get you an interview.  This is just a sample letter you may have one that may work better, this is the general idea.I often suggest that my students apply for temporary employment.  Often temporary clerical jobs become permanent jobs with advancement opportunities.  For ex-offenders and felons, I suggest applying at privately owned staffing companies rather than large corporate agencies.  Smaller agencies are more likely to hire ex-offenders and felons rather than the larger ones that may have restrictions against hiring those with criminal backgrounds.  You can find a list of local temporary agencies in you telephone directory.A final suggestion is to contact you local United Way office.  The United Way supports a number of social service and non-profit organizations.  You may be able to find an organization that advocates for people with criminal record or you may find employment opportunities within an agency.I hope this at least gives you some direction and a place to start.

Best of luck to you.

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Are you an ex-offender or felon who has a question about finding a job with a criminal record?  I have been helping ex-offenders and felons get jobs for over ten years and I feel I have an understanding of what works.

I will be updating this blog often. I will answer specific questions relating to getting a job with a criminal record on this blog so feel free to send me your questions.   The right information could help ex-offenders and  felons get jobs.  You could have your question answered right here. Email your question to: BelievePublications@comcast.net.

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