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Friday, November 17, 2017

Ex-offenders, Felons, Jobs and Drug Tests

Ex-offenders, Felons, Jobs and Drug Tests

Ex-offenders, Felons, Jobs and Drug TestsI have been helping Ex-offenders and Felons get jobs for many years and I have helped thousands get jobs. One of the biggest barriers that some ex-offenders place in front of themselves is not being able to pass drug tests.


Drug testing has become an important safety issue for many employers. Many companies now have some form of drug testing for prospective employees. Drug testing serves to lower the instance and issues associated with drug abuse in the workplace, including lateness, absenteeism, turnover rate, crime, violence, theft and other side effects.  Too many of my students believe  that they can use illegal drugs and still pass drug tests. With my experience in human resources, management and employment training, I will attempt to expose the myths and give the facts on drug tests.

The typical methods that employers use for detecting illegal drugs are:

Urine Testing:

Urine testing is the most common of the screenings used for illegal substances. Drug users would sometimes use outlandish methods like using fake urine that is sold in some places or using a sample taken from someone else in place of their own. To avoid the applicant using urine not his own, I would always have a sample given in the presence of a staff member. Others believe that drinking large amounts of water will dilute the sample and the drugs will not be detected. Water passes through the body much too quickly to be effective. I have even heard of using ridiculous home remedies to beat urine tests. These remedies include aspirin, eye drops, ammonia, vinegar, bleach and even commercial drain cleaners! There are commercial products that claim to mask the traces of drugs making them undetectable.  many of these products use nitrates which will mask the drug to an extent, but laboratories have gotten more savvy and also test for the nitrate compounds that these products contain. In many cases the presence of nitrates will result in a failed test.


A single use of marijuana can be detected up to seven days in the urine, while extended use can be detected up to 100 days

Amphetimines, cocaine, heroin, opiates and PCP can be detected accurately up to seven days after use.



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Saliva Testing

Saliva tests are the least popular because it can only detect toxins used three or four days prior. Saliva tests can detect fresh elements of alcohol and drugs in the mouth.

Hair follicle Testing

My experience is that hair follicle testing is the most effective method of narcotics screening.  A hair test is an examination that uses a small sample of hair to identify specific drugs used by the person being tested. Typically, the sample is taken from the head, but can be collected from several other body locations such as arms, legs and back and may be combined to obtain the required amount of hair.  Drugs can be detected with high accuracy for a six month period after use. Chemical compounds of drugs are circulated in the blood stream and become part of the cells of the body including the hair root where they are easily detected.

There are hundreds of detoxifying products on the market that claim that with their use, drugs will not be able to be detected. There products that claim that they can wash toxins out of the hair. Most of these are absolute scams. The rest have a very low success rate. An experienced screener would pull the hair out intact, exposing the root where the compounds collect.

A one time use of marijuana will likely not show up in the hair while extended use can be detected for three to five months after use depending on the test used.


Amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, opiates and PCP can be detected accurately up to five months after use.

Certain non-prescription medications can interfere with accurate results. These common medications include ibuprofen and ephedrine-based products. Most drug testing companies will ask the applicant in advance if they have taken any prescription or non-prescription medication prior to the screen.

In most cases if any drugs are detected, the applicant will have the opportunity to provide a doctor's prescription or choose to be retested.


Jobs for felons and "ex-offenders" are hard enough to get, so why blow an opportunity to get hired by using
drugs?


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Will a juvenile record keep me out of a job?

Will a juvenile record keep me out of a job?


Will a juvenile record keep me out of a job?
Hello sir,

I have a question. I am currently in the process of applying to work for the New York City Board of Education but I am worried that I may not get the job because I have a juvenile conviction. I was arrested on grounds for felony for reckless endangerment but I took a plea bargain and opted out for a misdemeanor instead. I was arrested back 91/2 years ago.

I have to get my fingerprints taken and have a background check done on me so I am nervous that my conviction will pop up. And I have a sealed record but I am wondering will that also affect anything in my applying to work for the New York City board of Education.



I get a lot of questions like this from juvenile ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs.

Let me understand. You are afraid that a 9 1/2 yr. old juvenile misdemeanor conviction will stop the New York City Board of Education from hiring you.

Will a juvenile record keep me out of a job?It is my understanding that juvenile records are sealed and can only be seen by the court system, law enforcement and government agencies. Even if it were public, I doubt anyone would hold a 9 1/2 yr. old juvenile misdemeanor charge against you.

Here in NJ where I am, job applicants are not even bound to include juvenile convictions. I'm not sure about NY state. To be absolutely sure, I would contact someone in your local legal aid office for clarification.

I hope this helps.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Veteran is a Felon Looking for a Job

 Veteran is a Felon Looking for a Job


 Veteran is a Felon Looking for a JobGood morning,

My name is Irene and I am a veteran and a convicted felon. My thing is that I was in so much trouble in my past until I'm scared to apply for a job thinking I have something outstanding out there. I'm too afraid to go get a back ground check knowing if it's something out standing they will take me in custody. I have a military back ground which consists of administrative work and I'm a certified medical assistant. My criminal background consist of fraud and I've always assumed no one will hire me. I'm 37 years old and I am no longer that person I was back then.

Please if you can, can you give me some advice.

Thanks


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Hello Irene,

First of all, I teach all of my students to apply for every job they feel that they qualify for.  If you apply for a job, you may get it or you may not.  If you do not apply for it, you definitely will not.  Never disqualify yourself from a job.  Finding a job is a numbers game.  The more jobs you apply for, the more jobs you are in the running for.  Ex-offenders and felons get hired everyday.  The reason they get hired is they don't let the fact that they have criminal records hold them back.

You are a veteran.  There are many services available for veterans looking for jobs.  There are also tax incentives for employers who hire veterans.  Below is the link to the government sit where you will find valuable resources that can help veterans such as yourself.



I hope this helps.

 Eric Mayo

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Can a Felon be a Licensed Counselor?

Can a Felon be a Licensed Counselor?


Can a Felon be a Licensed Counselor?
Hi,

My name is Kerry and I came across a blog for felons. My boyfriend is currently in prison. He wants to go to school upon being released to be a counselor for inner city teens. Is it possible to obtain a license in counseling being a convicted felony? I'm currently applying for grad school to get my LPCC in mental health and we're looking to start our own private practice. I you can give me some information that will truly be appreciated.

Thank you,

Kerry

Can a Felon be a Licensed Counselor?


Hello Kerry,

The best suggestion I can give you and your husband is to contact the medical licensing board in your state. I know of felons who have jobs as certified counselors so I guess it depends on the state and the nature of the felony.  If you find out that you can be licensed, speak to a counselor.  Learn what it takes to get started.  If possible, volunteer in a treatment center to get a feel for working with people who have substance issues.

I hope this helps.

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