Beyong bars… there’s a life awaiting you! You’re out. Whatever you did, you have paid back to society. It is now time to rejoin it. It won’t be easy. There’s no doubt about it. But there are places that hire felons. So don’t worry! Just get organized. Be confident. Get prepared.
You’ll find a job. It might not be the job of your dreams, but we all have to start somewhere to pay the bills. Eventually, people will forget that you are a felon and you’ll become a normal being again for everyone. You might have to prove yourself more, but you can make things change for the better.
Here are places that hire felons :
Best books about felon friendly jobs
Reading posts on the net can give you a head start, but specialized book can bring you much more. Here is a selection of great books on the subject. If you really want to find places that hire felons, felons friendly jobs and other tips to have a successful interview, consider reading these books.
It will be a challenge to find places that hire felons
I think that when you look for a job with a felony in your past, you have to have both a short term view and a long term view. You have immediate needs, you need to put a roof over your head and feed yourself. You might even have to feed your kids and support a wife or husband. The first job will be the toughest to get. You might have to accept that for a while, you’ll not do exactly what you want. You have to build your resume just like a kid getting his first job… but worse.
Most companies nowadays are doing background checks. Don’t lie about your past. It’s not going to help you out. You might be weeded off at the time of checking your background more than one time. You might have a lot of people say no. It’s going to be frustrating for sure. But keep going. Someone will eventually say yes.
Getting a job after getting out is a challenge. But it’s a challenge you’ll not be the first neither the last one to face.
Places that hire felons
There are tons of temporary agencies who give jobs to ex-offenders. It will probably short-term and labor intensive, the pay will probably very low, but hey… it’s a job and it’s just the start. You’ll climb the ladder.
The US Military
You could also consider the US Military as one of the places that hire felons. A felony doesn’t necessarily means that you’ll be disqualified.
Truck driving jobs
If you’re a certified truck driver or willing to take the class, then it might be a great asset in your hands. Truck drivers have the luxury of being a little picky. There’s a penury in that domain. But, if you were convicted for distribution or importation of controlled substance or the use of armed criminal force, forget about it.
Before paying for the class and licence, try first to call truck companies to find places that hire felons. Some might even offer to give the training.
warehouses are usually places that hire felons. They don’t pay super well, the job is not that great, you might even have to do night shifts for a while, but it’s a start.
Believe it or not, you can make decent income delivering Pizza. Just shop around your town and try to convince a restaurant manager that you’re someone he can count on.
Snow plowing and lawn care
Many small companies will be more than happy to hire you for such jobs. If you’re able to work fast, be on schedule, work with your arms, then it might be a good starting point.
Contractors always need arms and general maneuvers. Contact contractors in your town, ask around you if you could get a reference by a friend working in the industry. You’ll start at the bottom of the ladder, but the construction industry offers a lot of potential if you’re willing to work hard.
Make a career in sales
If you’re good at selling stuff, if you’re good at making contacts, you could make a lot of money in the sales industry. Try working in a car dealership or in a furniture store for example. Most of these jobs are commission based and slowly build your reputation and success.
Work on the net
The internet offers a lot of opportunities. Visit my 101 ways to make money page to get some ideas. You could be a freelancer if you’re good at making logo, writing, setting up websites. You could become a successful blogger and try to help ex-con like you. It’s an almost untapped niche! You know how tough it is to be a felon. You might be able to help and make money at the same time. Blogging is not easy and takes time, but you could do it as a side hustle eventually.
Tips to find places that hire felons
If you take the time to think about it, there’s probably more than 101 ways to make money and more than 101 places that hire felons. Think about flea markets, supermarkets, parking (clerk), florists. Take the time to visit small businesses, they are less picky than big corporations.
You might not even have to declare that you’re a felon at some of these places.
You could first get a job to cover your basic needs and make a reputation, to build you resume. Then, you could start building for the future.
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