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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jobs for felons: Felon with a Master's wants a Career

 Jobs for felons: Felon with a Master's wants a Career



Jobs for felons: Felon with a Master's wants a CareerHello, I have a felony for being a habitual traffic offender. I currently do have a job, but it isn't something I want to do as a career. I do have my Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and my Master's Degree in Administrative Justice. I know getting a career job isn't going to be easy. I was just wondering if you know of anywhere I could look so I could get into a better job.


Thanks





Jobs for felons: Felon with a Master's wants a Career


Hello,

 Jobs for felons: Felon with a Master's wants a CareerFelons with advance degrees are hindered by their criminal convictions when it comes to finding professional jobs.  Depending on the type of work you are looking for, your job search may be tough.  Any form of government job or any that require any certification or license may be equally difficult because of the nature of your convictions.

My suggestion to you is to find a community advocate that works with individuals that have legal issues.  You may want to contact that local legal aid office.  Legal aid offices work with people with legal issues, often
criminal that do not have the resources to pay private attorneys.  These offices have administrative staff personnel that assist the attorneys in various capacities.

Another place to look would be your local United Way office.  The United Way supports many types of community service organizations.  Perhaps they would know of an organization that could use someone with your educational background.  You may not get the type of job you want right away, but it might be a step in the right direction.

I'm sorry I could not have been of more help



Eric Mayo


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How can I get a Job with my Felonies?

How can I get a Job with my Felonies?


How can I get a Job with my Felonies?
I have a felony for cashing fake checks, I was not the one making them, I had cashed them and now I have these felonies on my record, I have been trying to hard to get a job, but once they pull my record I can never get it. I am a changed person but I cannot get a job.

Please help me.





How can I get a Job with my Felonies?



Well, let's see.  You have multiple felonies for cashing bad checks.  Convictions involving any kind of theft or robbery can be quite a challenge when looking for jobs.  You can pretty much rule out any type of employment involving cash, merchandise or other valuables. I encourage my students to always be honest when applying for jobs but often when employers see convictions for theft or other crimes involving integrity on applications, they are reluctant to hire them.  Even if the applicant checks "no" to the "Have you ever been convicted....." question, they risk being fired later when background checks are done.  So what are felons with these times of convictions do?  My suggestions is to apply to smaller, family owned businesses.  These smaller businesses rarely spend money on background checks because they cost so much.  Another thing that is common is they tend to use standard applications that are purchased at stationery stores.  These are very generic applications.  When you get to the dreaded question, simply leave it blank.  There is a good chance that the business owner will overlook it.  This will allow you to a least get an interview where you can sell the employer on your attitude and skills.  If the question about having a criminal record does come up, your response can be something like this,  "I'm glad you're asking this because I want you to feel comfortable about hiring me......."  Then you briefly talk about your conviction but spend more time talking about the changes you have made and what you have done to make yourself a better person since making some bad choices.  These may not be the best jobs in the world, but they will give you the opportunity to build a work history, makes some contacts and maybe even some references that will pay off when you apply for better jobs later.

The thing that you will have to understand is that finding jobs for ex-offenders and felons is a numbers game.  The more jobs you apply for, the more interviews you will get.  You get more interviews and you will have more opportunities to get hired.

Be sure you have all the tools you will need to to make a good impression.  Get a good resume, great interview clothes and practice those interview skills.  Put yourself in the best possible position to make a good impression.

Eric Mayo



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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 update 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. You could have your question answered right here. Email your question to: Adogzheart2@gmail.com

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Jobs for Felons: Illinois Felon can't Find a Job

 Jobs for Felons: Illinois Felon can't Find a Job



Jobs for Felons: Illinois Felon can't Find a Job
Me and my husband live in East Saint Louis, Ill. and we have a 2 two year old son.  I'm working but my husband isn't.  He can't find work anywhere.  His problem is he can't find anyplace the will hire him because he has a record.  He did something really stupid when he wad 18 years old.  He stole a lawn mower out of somebody's yard. Because of that stupid mistake he made as a kid, he now has a felony record and NOBODY will hire him. He is 27 now and this is still holding him back.  He has tried so many places and everyone keeps turning him down

Can you please help me? We're trying so hard to get on our feet and we can't because of this nine year old charge. I don't know what were going to do if he can't find a job.

Jessie


 Jobs for Felons: Illinois Felon can't Find a Job

 

Hello Jessie,

I'm not sure how much a nine year old conviction is holding your husband back.  In these economic times, finding a job for everyone is tough.  What I tell felons looking for jobs is it's going to take a lot of hard work.  I remind them that find a job is a numbers game.  Felons are hired everyday.  The hard part is finding employers that will give a felon a chance at a job.  

What I mean by finding a job is a numbers game is, the more jobs leads you get the more chances you have to get an interview.  The more interviews you get, the better your chances of getting hired.  So, where is the best place to get job leads.  I encourage every felon to visit the local One-stop Career center.  The local One-stop is your state sponsored employment office.  There you will find a lot of services that can help your husband land a job.  Among those services are listings of open jobs in your area.  You can get one-on-one job search assistance from trained counselors.  There is resume assistance and referrals to job training that could lead to a career.  You can find your local One-stop Career center here:

 4519 West Main Street
Belleville, IL 62223

 Another option for felons looking for jobs is to apply for temporary employment.  Often temporary jobs turn into more permanent situations.  When applying for employment at temporary agencies, my students have more success with smaller independent agencies as opposed to national companies.  In many cases, the large companies have regulations from their corporate offices that prohibit the hiring of ex-offenders and felons.  Independent agencies are free to hire anyone they feel would be a good employee.

Your husband will have to put in hard work to get a job.  I don't just mean hard work finding employers, but getting a professional looking resume, brushing up on his interviewing skills and getting the proper clothing to make good impression on employers.

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I hope this helps.


Eric Mayo

 


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Felon Mom having a Rough Job Search

 Felon Mom having a Rough Job Search



Felon Mom having a Rough Job Search
I was looking through the newspaper trying to find something, anything  to support my family. Fifteen years ago I was convicted of a felony. I was twenty years old never been in trouble before and have never been in trouble since then. I didn't spend time in jail but I did do five years probation and was discharged. Now here I am 35 years old no job, no future and a family that is struggling because I can't help. I can’t even get hired at fast food places. I had a great job working for the State through a temporary agency but it was great. I was about to be hired and they did a background check on me. The agency knew about my record and still hired me, but after my background came back I was fired on the spot. Forget that I had been there for 2 years everyday and worked very hard for them. Companies have the chance to hire good workers but they pass us by everyday. Every one makes mistakes, but there are many like me who want to work, and support their families but can't get a break anywhere. My husband works every day and he works very hard to take care of us. I am very proud of him, but he will never understand how I feel. I have been out oft work for over a year now and I am getting depressed. There are things I want for my family and myself but getting a job is the first step. My husband works but his paycheck is not enough to pay all of our bills. We ave a small son and we feel bad because there isn't money for birthday or Christmas gifts or anything that make kids happy.  I had all of those things  I have never begged for a hand out, all I want is a little break so my family won't be so stressed. The stress alone is killing my marriage! My family does not deserve to live like this all because of something I did in my past.  My family deserves better than this.  

The world looks at us like once a criminal always a criminal and that's not always the case.  It makes drives me crazy when I see people living off the government.  You got women that keep having babies just to collect more welfare and free government housing.  I have been on the waiting list for for housing for ten years and I have heard nothing!  I see illegal immigrants coming over here that open restaurants, hotels, stores and then you got the ones that come over here and collect welfare for years. Where is the justice when people who were born here can't get anything? My family are forced to live in run down apartments in because we can not afford anything better. We are forced to deal with awful landlords that don’t fix anything but still want their rent  or throw you out.

My hopes of opening up my own business are slowly fading away.  My husband tries to encourage me not to give up but after the year we have had I know it will never happen for me and I promise if it does I won't keep them from a job because of something they did in the past. People can change and I am living proof! I don’t want to think that this is the life God has in store for me but I am starting to wonder, am I going to live the rest of my life like this?


This is Haley


Felon Mom having a Rough Job Search 

 

Hello Haley,

Felon Mom having a Rough Job SearchI'm sorry you are having so much trouble in your job search. I also see that the stress is taking it's toll on you.  Because of this, finding a job may not be the only situation you are dealing with.  My suggestion is to
contact your local Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army could put you in touch with some social services that could lend some immediate help to your family.

Next you  should contact your local United Way office.  The United Way provides support for a number of agencies.  Perhaps they would
Felon Mom having a Rough Job Search
have knowledge of advocacy groups that specialize in assisting felons or women. They could help you with some things until you can find work.

You mentioned that you worked for a temp service for two years.  Perhaps that route could help you again.  You can also try your local One-stop Career Center.  You will find a variety of free services that can help you get a job.  You can also find lists of open jobs in your area.  You may be eligible for job search related benefits such as child care and transportation passes.

You can find your local One-stop here:

http://www.serviclocator.org

I hope this helps.


Eric Mayo




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