Good References help Ex-offenders and Felons get Jobs
More and more employers are paying attention to references when trying to decide who to hire. Ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs should have good references that will help them make a good impression on employers. There are employers that will hire a felon. A strong set of references from the right people can help you get hired.
In short, references are upstanding members of the community who could attest to your character and/or abilities. A could help an employer look past your background. Ideal people to have as references would be religious leaders, former teachers, former classmates, former employers and local political leaders.
It is always a good idea to get permission from anyone you wish to use a reference. No one wants to be caught off guard and get a call out of the blue from a prospective employer. Once you have your set of references and contact information, keep your list in your job search folder for easy access when it is time to fill out an application.
One thing to remember is, only offer references when they are requested. They are far too valuable to be used as casual information. When putting a resume together, never put them in the resume itself. Include a line that may say "References will be furnished on demand.
Ex-offenders and felons can increase their chances to get jobs by getting some great references.
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