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Thursday, December 6, 2018

How Female Felons can get Jobs

How Female Felons can get Jobs
Hello Mr. Mayo,

Thank you for reading my email.


I am a 24 year old girl and have a charge of simple assault.  I got into a fight with another girl who pulled a knife on me.  I had no choice but to protect myself but I got a charge anyway.   I have gotten interviews, but when I get to the part about explaining my charge, everything changes and I don't get hired.

I read your blog all the time.  How can people with charges find jobs if no one will give them a chance.  If they can't find jobs then they sell drugs and do other things to get money.  I want to get a job and put this nightmare behind me in the worst way.  Any advice you can give me will be appreciated.

Thank you.

Lori


How Female Felons can get Jobs



Hello Lori,

More and more I am seeing women with felony convictions who are have a hard time finding jobs.  First let me say that ex-offenders and felons get hired everyday all across the country.  You have two challenges.  Firstly, to make yourself as marketable as possible and secondly to find employers who will offer you an opportunity.

First you will need a well written resume.  A resume will quickly help an employer get an understanding of your skills and qualifications.  There are many resources online that can help you get an understanding of how to put a resume together.  If you have never done this before, get help from someone who has written one before.

On most application you will find the question, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?"  This part is critical.  I encourage everyone I work with to never lie on an application.  In this computer age, lying about criminal records doesn't work so always be honest.   When answering this question, list the name of the conviction, the county you were convicted in, the month and year, and the final outcome.  It might look something like:

Simple Assault (isolated incident), Cook County, IL, 2016 ,  Probation/Fine Paid

When it's time to talk about it, briefly state what happened and how sorry you you are that it happened and how hard you are working to move past it.

Next you will have to practice your interviewing skills.  Find someone who will pose and an interviewer so you can practice answering questions and work on your verbal and non-verbal communication skills.  Practice until you can easily answer questions while sounding sincere.

You will also need professional interview clothes.  The best clothes for an interview is a nice pants or skirt suit with coordinated blouse and shoes.  If you wanted to be looked at as a professional, you must look like a professional.

Finally, check out this list of companies that have hired felons in the past:  Companies that Hire Felons

Bear in mind that these companies will not hire you just because you are a felon, but you may get the opportunity if you are qualified.  Best of luck to you.


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How Female Felons can get Jobs



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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ex-offenders, Felons and Preparing for Job Interviews

Ex-offenders, Felons and Preparing for Job Interviews


Ex-offenders, Felons and Preparing for Job Interviews

Convicted felons urge community, businesses

to give them a second chance

It is very difficult for ex-offenders and felons to get considered for jobs so to get a chance to interview is a great opportunity.  A lot of hard work went in to getting an interview.  Ok, you have an interview.  This is the day when all of the hard work pays off.  For many people, interviews are stressful. They don't have to be. The interview is it time to show just how professional you are and that you want the right person for the job you have applied for,so we're going to take some steps to make sure we make the most of this opportunity.

Preparation for the interview will begin the day before. 

The first a most important preparation you can make is having proper interview clothes.  I tell my students that interviews are business meetings.  Does your clothes make you look like a businessperson ready to make a deal.  It should.  Be sure that your clothes are neat, clean and in good condition.  Don’t forget the shoes.  They should be clean and shined.

Take a few minutes to look at the article at the link below.

Ex-offenders, Felons and Preparing for Job Interviews



 Plan all of the steps leading up to the time the interview begins.

You must know the company name, where it is located, and the interview time.  Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early.  This will allow you to relax and make any last minute adjustments.  If possible, make a trip to
Ex-offenders, Felons and Preparing for Job Interviews
the interview location the day before to see exactly how long it takes to get there.  There is no excuse for being late to an interview.

Know the name of the person interviewing you so that you can ask for him or her by name when you arrive.  Call the company and get the correct spelling and pronunciation.

Know and understand the position you are applying for.  Get as much information as you can. Call or visit the company.  Get a written description of the job if possible.

Have all of your documentation ready.  Have your Social Security card, birth certificate, driver’s license and any diplomas, certifications, awards or letters of recommendation.
Have a typed list of your references in case the interviewer asks for them..Good references help ex-offenders and felons get jobs.

Get a professional looking portfolio with a notepad to carry your documents and resume copies and to keep them neat.

Always carry two pens just in case one fails to work.

Have at least 5 copies of your resume.  You may be interviewed by more than one person.

Have a copy of your personal data sheet.  That is a sheet that has all of the information you will need to complete an applications.  Don't try to do it from memory.  Gather all the information and have it on a sheet of paper.  You may have to complete an application.

Have a list of relevant questions to ask the interviewer.  Type them up so they are easy to read.

Study your resume personal data sheet.  Many of your interview questions will be related to either the resume or the application.  Know your skills.


Ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs have a very difficult time getting interviews,  When an opportunity does come up, they must make the most it.  Follow the tips above and make the most of every opportunity you get.


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Check this real story of a student of mine:  Real Stories of Ex-offenders and Felons looking for Jobs



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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 will be updating 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 can send email me at believepublications@comcast.net

If you are really serious about getting a job with a criminal record or helping someone you care about get a job, check out this link: From Jail to a Job

 
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Monday, August 8, 2016

Felon is Nervous about Job Interview

 Felon is Nervous about Job Interview

 Felon is Nervous about Job Interview
Hello Sir,

I have a job interview next week and I am very nervous about it.  I have an interview for a job as a clerk in a title office.  I have done this kind of work before but not since my legal troubles.  I was involved with a guy who was selling drugs.  There were some in my apartment when he was arrested.  Because the lease was in my name, I was charged with possession. I wasn't selling but I was charged anyway.  I know this will come up on a background check.  

Do you think I have a chance to get this job?

Candy


  Felon is Nervous about Job Interview


Hi Candy,

You don't know how often I hear stories like this.  Too many people get dragged down by people around them and often there are lasting effects.  I'm not going into a lecture about choosing better friends, but you knew he was selling, and there are certain risks involved associating with people and their criminal activities.

Hopefully you were honest on your application and you got an interview anyway.  If that is the case,
 Felon is Nervous about Job Interview
somewhere in the interview, the question is going to come up. You can handle it in three steps.

Own your Mistake - Never blame anyone else for your mistake.  Acknowledge your role in your troubles.  You could start by saying something like this, "I'm glad you asked me that because I want you to feel comfortable about hiring me. I’ll be honest with you because you have the right to know.  I have been in trouble but it didn’t have anything to do with any of my previous employers.  I was involved with someone who was into some bad things and I was arrested along with him.  I am proud to say that I have put that all behind me.

Focus on the Positive - Shift the conversation away from your problem and on to the things you have done to improve yourself and how you now only associate with people who are doing positive things.  Talk about what you have learned through this bad experience.

Talk about your Goals - Without being specific, tell the interviewer that you have goals and this job will help you put your mistake behind you.

Sell your Skills - Talk about your skills, training, education and how they make you an ideal candidate for the job.

Don't forget to be personable and friendly.  Get the interviewer to focus on your skills and personality instead of the fact that have a criminal record.  Stick to the formula above and you will do well.  Remind the interviewer that you can be bonded.  Get information about the Federal Bonding Program and how it can help felons get jobs here:

The Federal Bonding Program

There also may be financial benefits to employers that may also be a selling point.  The Work Opportunity Tax Credit offers tax incentives to employers who hire felons under certain conditions.  You can find out more about it here:


Best of luck to you!

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