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Where can felons get jobs?
So you or someone you know has been convicted and stuck with a felony charge. It's hard to get past the background checks, but people still have to make money. There are jobs available for felons, violent or non-violent.
Manual labor is a consideration. The pay is often decent, anywhere from $15 to $30 or even more every hour. Years of experience isn't always necessary, with some jobs asking for at year or less. They may require less than a specified number of felonies in a certain amount of time. Skinner Media Group, for instance, is a company needing manual labor, and asks that an applicant have no more than three non-violent felonies in 10 years.
Ask around and see which places skip the background checks. It may depend on the store, but Payless doesn't do background checks sometimes.
Food service may be an option, especially in smaller towns. Wait tables if you can, and then you can get tips.
Apprenticeships are also an option. People can get paid to assist a professional and could learn a lot and even get licensed in the process.
Telemarketing and mystery shopping (http://retail-jobs.eoltt.com, for instance) is something felons have done as well. Technology has created lots of jobs for the convicted. It's best to try for places that don't require going into a person's home, such as repair work or delivery.
Truck driving may be an option, depending on the felony.
Jobs depend from area to area. Be sure to check online to see if there is a specific website or organization that helps with jobs for felons. Visit the local employment office for region-specific advice, as well as probation or parole officers.
Most of all, be a good candidate. Don't lie in an interview, and show that you're responsible, reliable, and hard-working. Have a good resume.
I'm sorry it's so difficult to find jobs. I think people deserve a second chance. All I can do is offer some resources. Who knows? Maybe the employer is a felon as well and may understand your plight. Just be determined and who knows what can happen.
Try these websites below for additional information.
- Felony Friendly Employer Listing and Community
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