Because you have a criminal record, you will be faced with different challenges than the average job seeker. Your record will make your job search more interesting.
There is a choice to be made here too. You can do what many ex-offenders do and hope that a prospective employer will not hold your record against you.
Another choice is, you can make yourself legitimately competitive in the open employment market by developing the skills and attitudes that will allow you to compete for a job.
Can you tell an employer in five minutes or less what you can do and how your skills can benefit him?
How is your dress?Do you look like you are going to a club or to hang out with some friends or do you look like a businessman with a product to sell?
Do you have definite planof action that includes of prospective employers to call on?
Do you have a resumethat outlines you skills, experience or qualifications? If you answered "No" to any one of these questions, you have some work to do.
Step One:Identify your skills. I bet if you really look, you have at least 30 skills that would benefit an employer.
Step Two:Develop a resume that a prospective employer can look at and get an idea of what type of person you are and what you have to offer.
Step Three: Decide what type of work you want to do and how your skills will help you be successful in the field you choose.
Step Four: Develop a list of prospective employers to call on. Get help from friends, relatives, and members of your community to help you get leads for open jobs. That is called "Networking."
Step Five: Get your wardrobe together. The clothing you wear both on your job search and interviews should be neat, clean and professional. Your clothes should say "I am the person for this job!"
Step Six: Practice you interview skills. Anticipate questions and practice answering until your responses sound confident and natural One additional choice you must make is to never give up!
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This list is intended for use as a guide only and is not a guarantee of employment or that a company is hiring. Please contact the company before going to confirm if they are accepting applications or will be hiring. If any information is incorrect, please inform your case manager or other HVRP staff so it can be corrected. These companies will accept an application, but this is not a guarantee of an interview or an offer of employment. Most of these companies (except where indicated) will consider the nature of the offense and the length of time since the offense occurred. Please put your offense record on your application. If you do not and it is discovered on a background check, it will cause you to not be considered for employment or can be grounds for termination.
Armed Forces: The US Army and Navy have been accepting a number of ex-felons since 2006. The age limit for joining the army is now 42. It was raised from 35 in the year 2006, in order to encourage more people to apply. In order to join the armed forces, an ex-felon would require a waiver from the Secretary of Defense or his Under Secretary. Commanding General of the MILPERCEN generally grants the waivers on behalf of the Secretary. The situation in Iraq has improved to a great extent. This coupled with an economic recession has resulted in a number of people joining the armed forces. A steady paycheck and good training are some of the benefits of joining the army. The number of army recruits with a felony record was 511 in 2007, while the number of marine recruits with felony convictions was 350. Although high school diploma is a requirement for joining the army, in the year 2007 the percentage of non-diploma army recruits was 30%. Hence, a career in the armed forces is a distinct possibility for a person who has been convicted of a felony in the past.
Salvation Army: The Salvation Army runs a prisoner rehabilitation program that encourages former felons to participate in work-release programs, conducted by the Salvation Army rehabilitation centers and Harbor Light Centers. In case a person has been charged with a minor offense, it might be possible for him to work at the community centers. In addition to providing employment, working for the salvation army and serving the community can be a healing and rejuvenating experience in itself.
Online Surveys For Money: This is a lucrative option for people who are interested in earning money by participating in home based online surveys. Paid online surveys are conducted by market research companies interested in forecasting and projecting the demand for products and services of their clients. Typically, a large company employs a market research firm for conducting surveys. The latter does not conduct a background check for convictions and felonies, since there is no need for direct contact between the market research firm and the person taking the survey.
Private Firms Interested in WOTC: Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit that is offered to an employer in case he hires an individual convicted of a felony, within a year of conviction or release. Most restaurants make use of this tax credit by hiring ex-felons.
Employer's Protected by the Federal Bonding Program: A fidelity bond guarantees protection to the employer during the first 6 months of employing an ex-felon or a person with a high risk profile. It is provided free of cost to the employer and the employee. They need to fulfill certain basic requirements in order to obtain this facility provided under the Federal Bonding Program. Employers protected by fidelity bonds may be willing to hire ex-felons. The state bonding coordinator should be contacted for further details.
Drivers: Felons are being considered for dedicated driving jobs. They are considered for delivery jobs like flower delivery, at moderate salaries and a possibility of salary negotiations. Even though the job keeps a felon consistently on the move, the salaries offer stability and job satisfaction. A fresh leash on life is a morale and fiscal booster. The process of procuring the necessary license from driving schools is similar to that applicable to others. Licenses for driving trucks and other special licenses are not difficult to obtain.
Self-employment:Felons are also offered the unique opportunity of starting a business.
A number of private and public resource centers enable felons to get the required training and licenses to start a business and make a humble, but rejuvenating start. A number of families are also extending help to such convicts. They enable related felons to become an integral part of existent family businesses.
Here is a list of various jobs that ex-felons can hold:
Ebay seller, Walmart, McDonald’s, any type of fast food-related job, kitchen help in a restaurant, apprentice for a job such as an electrician or masonry, janitor, maintenance, security guard, Kroger, grocery stores, Conway Trucking, trucking companies, pizza delivery, greenhouse worker, warehouse jobs, UPS, landscaping, construction, building, roofing, day laborer, work-at-home telemarketer, modeling, acting, nonprofit worker, church jobs, factory jobs, — even in management eventually, temp agencies, recycling waste center, trash pickup and trash center, bounty hunter, bakery, food prep and counter work at a deli, courier, apprentice in carpentry, Goodwill, Salvation Army, start your own business– making something, selling something, providing a service. Tips:–large companies will most likely not hire you; small businesses very well might contact independent (not national) recruiters and ask what kinds of checks they do– if they do local checks only, you’re good –now’s a great time to start your own business.
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Company Name Contact Address City, State, Zip Telephone
SaraLee Foods George Jump 401 Bob Huber Drive Alexandria, KY 41001 859 635-8312
Woodlawn Rubber Co ^&* 11268 Williamson Rd Blue Ash, OH 45241 513-489-1718..........
Labor Solutions, Inc Bill Scenault 208 West Liberty Cincinnati, OH 45202 513 723-0033
University of Cincinnati *+ 51 Goodman Drive, Suite 300 Cincinnati, OH 45202 513 556-1225
Frisch's (OH) **** Lamont Taylor 2800 Gilbert Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45206 513 559-5356
Macke Brothers Carissa Tuttle 10355 Spartan Drive Cincinnati, OH 45215 513 771-7500
Messer Construction *** Brooks Parker 5158 Fishwick Drive Cincinnati, OH 45216 513 242-1541
Jostin Concrete Constr. Herbert Smithamin 527 Linton Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219 513 559-9390
Quebecor World HR 3600 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, OH 45227 513 271-8834
KDM Screen Printing Don Sovino 10450 Medallion Drive Cincinnati, OH 45241 513 569-3500
Trentec, Inc Tiffany Richardson 4600 East Tech Drive Cincinnati, OH 45245 513 528-7900
Rumpke Rick Jenkins 3882 Struble Road Cincinnati, OH 45251 513 741-5279
General Data Company Kim Davis 4354 Ferguson Drive Cincinnati, OH 45254 513 752-7978
Frisch's (KY) **** JoAnne McCarthy 5th & Philadelphia Covington, KY 41011 859 261-3276
Adecco Vonda Baldwin 5 Spiral Drive Florence, KY 41042 859 283-0098
Automatic Gates Plus Connie Coe 10866 State Route 74 Hammersville, OH 45130 937 379-4283
Veritude Online Application www.veritude.comHires for
Fidelity Investment call center. Kroger Stores Store Manager Apply at your local store or the store where you wish to work.
** - Accepts applications through the One-Stop Career Alliance of Northern Kentucky (Covington & Florence offices) only.
*** - applications are valid for 7 days only.
**** - Most Frisch's restaurants ex-offender friendly. Please apply at your local restaurant.
*+- Offenses must be at least 5 years prior
*# - Recruits through CBS Staffing.
^&* only hires ex-felons thru Star Personnel
Also the Cincinnati Airport, Aramark foods and uniforms, Champion windows, Metro aka Sorta (bus company), Rumpke company, serta mattress company... Most of these companies get tax breaks for hiring felons!
Truck driving school. I've been a truck driver for 10 years and I know their are plenty of trucking companies willing 2 hire felons! I went 2 truck driving school back in 1999 and their were at 6 to maybe 8 guys with prior records and bits that went on 2 have sucessful careers! Their are certain companies out there willing 2 hire and there are plenty 2 go around!
The Unions will hire electricians, carpenters, iron workers, steam fitters pipe fitters and many others. 2nd Call has classes and Union Reps in the class (310) 608-3721 the mailing address is PO BOX 191476 Los Angeles, CA 90019. Skipp Townsend
Possibly Bing steel in located in Detroit, Mi.
Pinal Energy, Pinal Co. Arizona..... The Egg farm behind Tortosa in Maricopa Arizona.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
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