felon or ex-offender who is having a hard time finding a job? You might just find your next job somewhere you never thought to look before. Below is a list of excellent jobs that you probably will never see in your newspaper's want-ads or posted online and may be available right now.
Recent changes in the economy have left many people out of work or forced into jobs in the past were entry-level jobs that ex-offenders and felons used as a way to get back into the working world after incarceration. Jobs in construction, warehousing, retail and fast food are no longer available to felons.
Ex-offenders and felons may have to think a bit out-of-the-box when it comes to finding available jobs. By out-of-the-box, I mean they find job opportunities where they never looked before or do things in different ways. Here is a list of jobs that ex-offenders and felons can get because there is less competition for them or marketing their labor in totally different ways.
Retail Overnight Stockperson
There are often openings for this job because everyone can't stay awake and alert all night. If you are able to work an overnight shift and can work with little supervision, there may be a job opportunity for you. Contact your local supermarkets or retailers such as Wal-mart, K-mart or Target to find out if they have open positions on their overnight crews. There are often more jobs available during the busy holiday season.
Automobile Recovery Agent or Repo Man
The bad economy has caused a boom in the vehicle recovery or repossession business. If you are tough minded, follow directions well and like having a job with plenty of excitement, then being a repo man may be perfect for you. Frequently on-the job training is offered once you are hired as a trainee. You can find vehicle recovery agents in your area in your local telephone directory or online.
Bugs, rodents and other kinds of pests are a part of life. Exterminators will always be in demand. If rodents and other pests don't bother you, You may have a career in the pest control industry. Frequently, pest control doesn't require any previous experience. Often pest control companies offer on the job training.
Restaurant Utility Person
A restaurant can get anyone to wash dishes. Anyone can keep the kitchen clean and the floors swept. How many things can you do in a kitchen? You can sell yourself as a kitchen utility person. You wash dishes, clear off and set tables, chop and prepare ingredients for the cooking staff and anything else that needs to be done around the restaurant. Make a list of restaurants in your area, visit each one and offer yourself as a utility person. If there are no jobs available always leave your contact information and offer yourself as "on-call" kitchen help. Eventually, someone will call. If you are a cook by trade, this method will work also.
There's no substitute for a strong back and the will to work. Professional moving companies and furniture retailers are always looking for hard-working, reliable people. Make a list of movers and furniture outlets in your area and start calling.
Retail Theft Prevention Specialist
Loss in the form of shoplifting and employee theft is a huge problem for retail merchants. Retailers lost more than $34 billion to theft in 2011. Merchants spend millions every year to minimize losses due to theft. Every major store has some form of loss prevention specialist. Who better to catch a thief than someone who used to be one? If you were once a thief yourself, you know how thieves operate. You also know where the store's weak spots are. Offer your services a loss prevention specialist. Most retail stores and even supermarkets have security departments. little out-of-the-box thinking can land you a job quickly.
Don't let your criminal record stop you from getting a job or starting a new career. It may just take a different way of thinking on your part. Just a little out-of-the-box thinking can land you a job quickly.