He has submitted over 200 hundred applications in the past year and he has still not gotten a job. He even walks into companies wearing a suit and tie just to fill out applications, hoping that this will help increase his chances at securing a job. Every time it seems his chances are looking good in the interviews, he either tells about his conviction, or the companies conduct a background check, and he does not get a call back after that. We have been to the One Stop Career Center seeking help, and the most they gave him was a list of employers who have hired ex-felons in the PAST. We have been to church organizations and have contacted Trenton, and still he has not received any help.
He would like to drive trucks, fix on them, or get a forklift job, but we just don't know what to do anymore. I'm trying not to give up on this man, but it's becoming so overwhelming. Please help us!
Firstly, your fiance may have to get a Commercial Drivers License if he wants to drive trucks. If he attended Lincoln Tech, there are placement services there that assist graduates. If that doesn't work, I suggest grabbing the yellow pages and making a list of all the garages in your area that service diesel engines. He can call each one to inquire about open positions. Because he has training but not much experience, he may have to start as a mechanic's helper. A third option would me to contact trucking companies in your area to see if they service their own trucks. He could apply as a mechanic's helper at those places. Usually smaller independent companies will offer a better chance to ex-offenders and felons.
Ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs must understand that they may not get what they want right away. A little out-of -the-box thinking and lots of hard work will pay off.
I hope this helps.