Job Search Tips for Ex-Offenders

This brief clip offers a sneak peek at JIST Publishing’s DVD “Interview Techniques.” The full program is 15 minutes long and part of the “Expert Job Search S…

Job Searching for Ex Offenders

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A documentary about the stigma and discrimination against ex-offenders.

catch 22 for ex-offender job search pt. 3

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This brief clip offers a sneak peek at JIST Publishing’s DVD “Career Plans and Goals.” The full program is 15 minutes long and part of the “Expert Job Search…

 

Be honest about your situation on your application and in your interview.

  • Give good references and verify them.
  • Don’t say you worked somewhere you didn’t. Your resume and work history will be heavily scrutinized.
  • Be honest with yourself, and evaluate your skills objectively.
  • Consider additional education and training.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a chance.
  • Be aware that in some cases, a particular job may be off-limits. For example, if you were convicted of stealing money, you may not be eligible to work for a bank.
  • Brush up on interview techniques, resume preparation and writing effective cover and thank-you letters.
  • Learn how to network for referrals, information and advice.
  • Register with temporary employment agencies.
  • Seek out an organization that offers job placement programs for ex-offenders.
  • During your interview, wear proper clothing, don’t be nervous, offer a firm handshake, and maintain eye contact.
  • Adopt a positive attitude.