My name is Cynthia. I am still currently on probation with a felony. I will be on probation until 2015, I was told by a lawyer that my felony will stay on me until 2023. The state I was convicted in had a first time offenders act where I didn’t show up in any system.
I live in North Carolina where the first time offender act does not apply. I have been jobless for over a year. I have applied at several restaurants, retail stores, and other various places. I have been called to several interviews but the outcome is when the employers ask me what my felon is for they tell me they can’t hire me. It is for theft. So, I am back at square one with endless job applications, and no success. McDonald's even said they would not hire me. I have three kids, two which are special needs, and a husband who is also disabled. My husband is receiving disability and that alone doesn’t pay all the bills. We get food stamps, and medicaid. I am wanting to get off the public assistance and support my family. Is there anything else that I can do to help with my employment seeking?
Frequent readers of my blog know that I strongly suggest to ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs to use the local one-stop career centers
ex-offenders and felons. Among the services offered you will find lists of open jobs in your area. You may also get referrals to other agencies that provide services that can help your family. You can find the center closest to you here:
Because you have a theft conviction, you may not be considered for retail, cash handling or other positions where valuables are at risk. That must be taken into consideration when applying for jobs.
I hope this helps.