Finding a job after prison can be a tough task. Some employers won’t hire anyone with a criminal past and other jobs might just not be the right fit. That’s okay! We’ve got a few helpful tips for you to find a job after prison!
BUILD A STRONG RESUME
This is step one of the whole process. No matter what job you’re applying to, you’re going to need a resume, so why not make it a great one? When creating your resume, it is important to update for the job you’re applying to. This means highlighting the skills and experience that most fit the job description. Look at the job ad and find keywords from it to show off in your resume. This will help you stand out and shows that you have the skills needed for the job. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, or other peers for help building the best resume possible.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
There’s no sense in applying to a job that has a strict policy against hiring those with felonies. Even just a quick google search can help you locate companies in your area that are willing to work with the formerly incarcerated. This will make sure you’re not wasting your time applying for the wrong jobs.
USE YOUR FREE RESOURCES
With the modern age, technology reigns supreme. Well, you can use this to your advantage! There are a ton of job-seeking websites like indeed.com, monster.com, careerbuilder.com, and even Google itself. In addition to that, social media can help out too! Facebook has a job searching feature now and you can always create a LinkedIn. These resources are a two-way street, you can search for jobs, or in some cases, you can just upload your resume and the employers will reach out to you. The best part, all of these resources are free to use!
Sometimes the internet isn’t for you and you need some extra help from an actual person. Look no further than staffing companies. These are companies that you work with an actual person to help you find a job. You often meet with them in person to discuss what it is you’re looking for, what you’re capable of, and anything else related to jobs. After this, they look for jobs FOR YOU! They will send your resumes out to various companies that are hiring to get you a job as soon as possible. This always a great way to get back out there when you’re fresh out of prison and don’t know where to start.
FINAL REMINDER: BE HONEST
Never lie. Especially not on your resume or during an interview. Eventually, the truth will come out and you will be held accountable. You have a history now, you know it, and the employer will know it too. Think ahead of how you want to address it. The employer will likely ask about it, so be prepared to talk about it. Sometimes addressing it first is the best route. It shows you’re willing to own up to your past and that you take initiative. No matter what, be prepared and be honest.