I am a convicted felon and I need work can someone please help me?
Hi Rebecca Rogers: I can't tell if you have received helpful responses but my first thought was, have you searched "companies that hire former convicts"? Also, you might go to a church, if you don't have one already, and see if there is work there you can do. Any work would suffice. Do it for a year and have the clergy write you a letter of recommendation. That might help. You can also take a class or two at a local community college. Everyone makes mistakes. If an employer sees that you are educating yourself and doing honest work and you have a reference letter, that's a great start. I don't know what kind of work you want but any work at this time would be good to prove you can get to work on time, make friends, do a good job and so on. That is a plus. Attending a college class shows you believe in yourself and are looking to the future, not the past, and investing in yourself. Also, going to church will help you connect and develop a network of friends and acquaintances. I know all this takes time but the time is going to happen anyway, right? Use this time to better yourself as a worker, a student, a friend and as a contributing member of the community.
Hi Rebecca, Don't worry all hope is not lost. I used to work as a Correction counselor officer and I know in most states they have job fairs for individuals with past convictions. What I would do is contact your state corrections information center and ask them about employers hiring felons. They should have a list. I know in my state, they do.
Please allow me to assist you. Places will NOT hire you for the most part. They will expect you to take jobs that no one else would want. As far as they are concerned people that have been to jail or prison are beneath them. Thats why they have background checks. They say its to protect them and their companies. But who are we kidding, a work at home job position. . . you want a background check for what? Like felons are going to steal their own stapler from their desk or be sitting on the clock plotting their next heist. Furthermore, I really dont understand how people dont realize that this background check business keeps people in the system. It doesnt allow those that have done their time to get out and be equal to everyone else and be at the same odds of getting a job like....everyone else. What happens is someone tries to get job after job after job and every one of them thats decent says we do background checks, can you pass a background check. Then since people gotta eat to survive and they need a place to stay... what do you think they do at that point? I will give you a hint. . . They dont go sit on a park bench and watch the sun go by. Hungry mouths will find what they need and I hope its not anyone thatdecided to implement the background check system. My step brother had a horrible time trying to find a job. . . In support of him and his recovery, I wont even accept a job that does background checks. Its one of the many things in the world that people arent thinking about from every angle. They are only doing what is right for them. This background stuff is wrong for everyone involved and does nothing but agrivates the already turbulent process. My best advice to you is to not disclose that you are a felon. A part of a paycheck is part of a paycheck. If you are doing a good job on the job, a company would be stupid to let you go over trying to make a paycheck and doing a good job. Because most places will have a bias against you from the start. One person will say something to another like. . . The new girl has been to prison. Watch your things. So just dont say anything. I dont feel like its anyones business but your own really. You did your time. People that did their time need to stop acting like they owe someone any more of their lives. . . Since afterall you did your time. So now its time for you to get back to work like everyone else! Right?
My granddaughter is also a convicted.felon. She applied at McDonalds and was hired.on the spot. She is making 15.00 an hour and is raising her son with a great network of family and friends. Flipping burgers isn't the greatest job in the world but at 15.00 an hour I would do it
I too am a convicted felon its hard to start over
If you don't mind food service I would suggest Panera Bread. I worked there for 3 years and loved it. I know they listen to the persons reason for being a felon and made sound judgement. Some of our best associates were/are felons. Praying you find something.
You should try temporary employment agencies i.e. Manpower etc.. Such agencies are well aware which companies they can place you for jobs. Most their temporary jobs are long term and turn into permanent ones. Go to their website and search for their agencies near you.
Please don't give up. Lot's of programs are in place to help former felons. You are not your felony. Check your local mental health agencies, most voc specialists that can connect you to friendly employers, or can refer you to agencies that do. Don't lose hope. It may take a minute but those folks are around.
I agree with Veronica, sometimes are past actions can harm us. Don't give up!
A job with a labor union may have contract clauses that prevent discrimination of hiring based on criminal convictions after time served. If you apply for a unionized job be sure to get a copy of the collective bargaining agreement contract. If the employer rejects you, contact the labor union that represents the employees of the employer.You did your time, you've paid back society. The least somebody can do is give you a fresh start.