You got arrested and maybe even served some time, and now you are back in the real world. In order to survive, you need to find a stable job. Well no one is going to hire an ex-convict, right? You’re wrong. Just because you made some mistakes in the past, doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance for a bright future. There are plenty of steady jobs that pay well out there, and your criminal record doesn’t impact their decision. You just have to know where to look and how to prepare for them. We have outlined some tips to help you navigate your job search.
Small Businesses vs. Big Corporations
Small businesses are more likely to skip background checks. It’s not uncommon to hire family and friends, especially when the business is just starting off. Speak with your relatives and friends, and ask if they know of any opportunities. The best practice is to outsource for background checks, but small companies may not have the money to invest in that. So, aim for these opportunities first.
Some big corporations have a high reputation to uphold. They conduct thorough background checks to ensure that their employees can be trusted with valuable information, so they can avoid negligent hiring claims, and to improve regulatory compliance. Not all of them check your criminal record before hiring you though.
Some States Have Restrictions
In some states, there are rules in place that monitor the extent to which a company can ask for this sensitive information. For example, if you were arrested, but not convicted, employers may not be allowed to ask about it. Other regulations may prohibit an employer from looking at criminal activity that happened more than 5 years ago. Make sure to research the rules in each state when applying for jobs. The same job may be easier to obtain in one state than another. Be open to moving around for a job, at least in the beginning.
Job Opportunities to Keep in Mind
There are certain industries and companies that may not look at your criminal record:
- Technology: web design, web or mobile app development, computer programming
- Manufacturing: production lines, repair technician, operating equipment
- Construction: carpenter, plumber, electrician
- Food Service: cook, waiter, host
- Delivery: package or furniture delivery, long-haul trucking
- Self-Employment: writer, landscaping, car maintenance
These are just a few of the opportunities out there. Keep your eyes open!
Tips for Building Up Credibility
Like any other job search, employers want to know that you have the skill and talent to succeed. Build up your experiences, skills, and accountability.
- Do volunteer work
- Get training
- Network and gather references
- Find freelance work to build your resume
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