Fair Chance to Succeed

Fair Chance to Succeed

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Toyna Martinez
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about 21 hours ago

Well I'm 50 years old and really need a job to keep me active and motivated, I'm in good health kids are all grown my husband of 13 years past away in 2014 not much dating I find dating complicated just listing to other stories, I finally got a place too call home after being homeless for 2 years now I believe that things are now working in my favor I think it's time to seek employment.

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Gabriel Albala
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about 19 hours ago

Just wanted to remind job seekers of how important it is to dress appropriately for an interview. When I went to interviews, I always wore slacks, a button down shirt, tie and dress shoes. My hair was always neatly trimmed and combed also. Sometimes I wore a suit jacket too.

When I got home from prison, most of my clothes were too big. I lost a few pounds thanks to the less-than-tasty prison food, coupled with exercising. I got some shirts and slacks from the local thrift store, washed and ironed them and made sure they were stain free. Which reminds me of my favorite detergent commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2cs8gnb42A One of my interviewers spoke candidly with me about how impressed they were (two managers interviewed me at the same time) with my appearance. They joked about how many candidates show up in jeans or even wearing a baseball cap - less than professional for sure.

Just thought I would throw that out there! And be sure to watch that commercial!

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Gabriel Albala
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1 day ago

I was a first responder for 14 years, and during that time I was able to hone my job skills for the position I was in. I never realized that those same skills would be useful during and after incarceration. As a first responder, having a "command presence" was the first step in being successful - that translates to having confidence (or at least Appearing that you are confident). Another skill was Conflict Resolution. The last thing anyone wants during a Hot situation, was to add fuel to the fire. Knowing how to talk, using proper tone, words, identifying the problem, knowing possible solutions, listening skills .... - Communcation 101. Third was following up with the solution. Try taking steps to prevent the situation from arising again. Explain any misunderstandings or misconceptions. If possible, explain why things are the way they are.

I was able to use all of those skills (when appropriate) to keep out of trouble during my incarceration. Fast forward just over 2 years, and there I was looking for a job. I could never be a first responder again, so I had to adapt. I figured that all my skills would be beneficial in a customer service position. During my interviews, I always mentioned my skills and gave specific examples of how I used them successfully. Of course I would have to fine tune things and modify my approach to suit my new role.

The point of my story is to give an example of how even though a different/new career path my sound completely different and unrelated to what you did previously, and you may think "OMG What am I going to do now...?" You have to REALIZE that you actually have skills which can be used in vastly different areas! Yes, post incarceration you are going to have to overcome big hurdles - but don't let your own Mind create bigger hurdles! Think about how to get over them. Always have faith, hope and think positive. Never Give Up! Please share your thoughts - I'd enjoy getting feedback.

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Scott Ransom
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2 days ago

Just moved here from Indiana a week ago to try and start new somewhere. In desperate need to find any employment opportunities asap so I can find a place to rent. I have a criminal record but that doesn't define who I am. I am willing to work any type of job and have reliable transportation. Please let me know of any job opportunities. Thank you

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Jerilyn Brown
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3 days ago

Target Hires Felons

Target is a member of the Second Chance Business Coalition and many locations across the nation are currently seeking permanent employees, now that the seasonal hiring has ended & most temporary employees have gone. They have adopted the Fair Chance Business Pledge & regardless of the state you live in they follow the Ban The Box hiring trend. That means you don't have to check that box that asks about criminal offenses & won't ask until a job offer is made.

Of course, some convictions will exclude you from consideration, theft being #1. Violent crimes or crimes that involve sexual misconduct will also be grounds for denial.

I've attached the direct link from hirefelonsjobs.org. There are openings for guest attendants (cashier), cart attendants, grocery stockers, receiving and warehouse jobs. Target has a culture of inclusivity & everyone has a fair chance to be hired.

Read this resource article, then check your local Target's web page under "careers". If you know someone who works there, they can go to their WORKDAY App & submit an employee referral.

Information can be found here

Happy Job Search!

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Anna Epperson
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4 days ago

Hello, I just joined a second ago, but I have been reading a lot of the comments on here for awhile. I have been out of prison for over 20 years. I was fortunate that when I got out that my old employer re-hired me. I worked at that job and moved up to an assistant manager position fairly quickly. I stayed for a long while, and ended up moving out of town, and quitting that job. Time passed.....I ended up moving back to my home town....Fortunate again...I got a job at a local factory. After 2 years I was moved up to the office in sales. I worked there for almost 10 years, and started having health issues, was laid off and never asked to come back....I was heart broken. Now here I am, looking for a job, with a felony on my record....I have been unemployed for over a year now. I have not been able to draw unemployment, and if it weren't for my family I would be homeless. I have worked since I was 15 years old. I am desperate for a job!! I am willing to relocate, and I promise you that you would not be disappointed! I need that chance to prove to someone that I am worth their time! My health is great now! I had a set back for a few months......PLEASE! IF ANYONE SEES THIS!!! I HAVE EXPERIENCE IN MANY DIFFERENT FIELDS!!! HELP ME PLEASE!!! #hireme #willrelocate #jobsearch #youwillnotbedisappointed

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Matthew Robertson
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3 days ago

My aunt who has power attorney is threatening and scaring my grandmother into thinking she is being followed, watched and will be forced into a nursing home against her wishes. This has led me into my current situation I am in, no money, no food, nothing to drink, no home and no job as I have put EVERYTHING into taking care and helping my grandmother. NO ONE ELSE I'm my family is willing or wants to help her, I am the ONLY ONE who has done anything to help her in anyway I can and have lost every job because of it. So if there is anyone that can help ME find a job now and ASAP!! I would forever be grateful and I don't know how to apply for food stamps or anything, also I need help getting through to my grandma because she won't listen to me or even my accident attorney who has told her she can make the decision to go to a nursing home her self even if my aunt has power of attorney, she is sound minded but my aunt has BRAINWASHED her into thinking my aunt is God and can do whatever she wants to my grandma however she sees fit. #advice #jobsearch

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Glenda Cruz
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3 days ago

Ase como dos meses no tengo trabajo en donde yo estaba trabajando está cerrado por el frió y pues no tengo trabajo por eso estoy buscando en paquetería FedEx Estoy buscando trabajo cualquier trabajo q tenga la empresa aprendo muy rápido Soy una persona muy educada me gusta ayudar mucho alas personas ATM Glenda Cruz Gracias

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Harrison Lane
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4 days ago

Just got out of prison I'm going on 9 months clean an no drugs or alcohol I've worked my whole life as a painter an construction. Im divorced an I am currently taking care of my son he's living with me I'm starting my life over the right way it's been difficult without transportation but I'm currently working now on getting license back an all that I'm not lazy I love working an I'm just wanting to find a better opportunity than the lifestyle an work I was involved in.

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Scott Silvers
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27 days ago

I see so much good advice, suggestions and ideas as I scroll through this group, but I don't see many responses from those who post in this group. That does puzzle me. I understand what someone goes through when he or she is released back into the free-world and are unemployed. So if I may, I would like to provide a piece of my own advice. I am one who has also stood at the corner of frustration, disgust, self-pity, loneliness, worthless, incapable, and hopeless. It doesn't matter your crime in finding "a" job. It may not be your dream job, but as more time goes by of you doing the next right thing, the more opportunities will open up to you. But there's only one place all this can begin, and that is with you. It is a must to stop the "I cant's" because that means nothing more than "I won't," it is a thinking error. It is also a must to stop using the "Always" and "Never" excuses - those are absolutes. There is nothing a person cannot do if they just do it. There are no such things as absolutes; nothing is always or never. If one is serious about getting a job, income, responsibility, then be proactive and at least take the time to think about what folks that care on here write to you. Take the time to complete your profile so potential employers can notice you and your need to survive. Take the time for yourself... You will not regret it. Reach out if you need help. Someone will be there... #wordsofadvice #jobsearch #motivation #success #proactive #money #responsibility #jobcase

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