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Do you have barriers to employment or are you considered hard to employ? A barrier to employment may be any challenge that makes getting a job more difficult. Having one or more barriers to employment does not mean that you will be unable to find a job. It does mean, however, that you will need to be aware of the challenges and how to resolve them or reduce their effect. Honesty is always the best policy: A criminal matter honestly explained during an interview may have much less negative impact than hiding it and having an employer discover it later.

Assess yourself – Confidence comes from knowing yourself. It is important to know your skills, interests and work values. You can’t market yourself, if you don’t know what you are offering to a prospective employer.

Expand Skills – You have many skills already, but you may want to learn new ones or expand others. One of the best ways to expand your skills can be through education and training. Research what skills employers want and learn how to develop those new skills.

The people who find jobs understand what employers look for when they hire. Employers expect that job seekers are good at these job search practices. Here are a few strategies you can follow:

  • The Hiring Process – Finding a job is a series of many steps; learn from each of them.
  • Job Search after Release – Learn how your criminal record will make some parts of the job search different for you than other job seekers.
  • Know the Workplace – Changes in the economy and job market means changes in the workplace. This can mean changing expectations for you.
  • Making Connections – Learn how important networking is to the success of your job search.
  • Develop your Résumé – The combination résumé with a great cover letter is the best way to highlight your skills, show how you have been rehabilitated and minimize any employment gaps. You can also schedule a 1 hour Career Coaching appointment in the Richland Library Business and Job Center for more assistance.
  • Know How to Interview – Take these tips and then let the Business and Job Center help you with mock interviews, classes and Perfect Interview software.
  • Ask for Job Search help – Find programs and services in your community.
  • Visit the Richland Library Business and Job Center for tips and guidance that may assist anyone with youthful transgressions to those who are reentering society. Résumés, interview questions, job search strategies and resources are available.


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    Amazon Says: Ex-Offenders Need Seasoned Advice on How to Quickly Land a Lifeboat JobEx-offenders face numerous challenges in making it on the outside. First and foremost, they must quickly find a job and keep it in order to support themselves in the free world. And that job often needs to be close to home as well as near their parole or probation officer. For many ex-offenders seeking their first job out, any job will do as long as it provides them with sufficient income to survive. Put another way, they need to quickly find a lifeboat job. A lifeboat job is one individuals need to find NOW in order to keep themselves financially afloat. It's essentially a survival job – not one that necessarily leads to an exciting career or high wages. It's all about meeting the necessities of life and becoming self-sufficient on the outside. Such jobs are important steeping stones to a better life.Ex-offenders know all too well the importance of lifeboat jobs. Being released from prison or jail without money, a job, or family support, and facing immediate housing, clothing, food, and transportation needs – as well as probation and parole reporting requirements – they need to quickly land a job near where they live.This book introduces the concept of the “30/30 Job Search™”,” which has been successfully used by thousands of job placement clients. It outlines a powerful 30-day program for job hunters who seek satisfying employment opportunities within 30 miles of any location in the United States. The authors reveal how anyone with a stable work history and marketable skills can quickly find a job close to home by using an arsenal of unconventional job search strategies and techniques that get the attention of prospective employers. Indeed, they outline the fastest, most effective job hunting system anywhere for finding employment. They include three unique principles for job search success: - Talent Intersecting Opportunity (TIO) Principle- Talent and Geography (TAG) Principle- 30-Mile Placement PrincipleFilled with step-by-step advice on everything from identifying employers, writing resumes, and composing emails to leaving voicemail messages, interviewing, and following up over a 30-day period, here is the book that can make a big difference in the lives of ex-offenders who need a lifeboat job to survive in today's challenging economy. less...
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    Amazon Says: Addressing the many employability issues facing ex-offenders, this book shows them how to deal with today's job market challenges. Focusing on the critical job interview, it emphasizes the importance of turning obvious red flags into green lights by developing effective communication skills. Thirteen chapters focus on potential job knockouts, telling the truth, 40 interview mistakes, questions and answers, nonverbal interview behaviors, preparation, red flag questions, closing, follow-up, job offers, and salaries. less...
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    Andrena K. Says: This book tells you exactly what employers are looking for when they hire someone with a record. It outlines every step of the job hunting process. It provides step-by-step instructions on creating a strong resume even if you have few skills, gaps in your work history, or no work history at all.
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    Amazon Says: The title says it all, From Prison to Paycheck is a step-by-step guide written for job-seeking individuals who have a criminal past. This book outlines each step of the job hunting process, including how to create a strong resume with a limited work history and few marketable skills. The functional resume, which is rarely discussed in great detail in most career development books, has an entire chapter devoted to its use. Active readers who follow the “Your Turn” sections of the book will have constructed a resume by the end of the chapter. "From Prison to Paycheck" goes to great lengths to describe what an aggressive job search looks like, and warns readers of the traps job seeking ex-offenders most often fall victim to. Written with a no-nonsense approach, this book spells out every element of what to expect in an interview from handshake to good-bye, including commonly asked questions and examples of ways to discuss ones conviction. The cover letter is demystified as well in "From Prison to Paycheck" so that the reader can see its importance and discover what an employer expects to see when reading one. Although written for ex-offenders, this book is sure to enlighten anyone in need of job preparation skills. less...
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    Amazon Says: Originally published as The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (2005), this ground-breaking book offers sound re-entry employment advice for those with red flags in their backgro more...
    Amazon Says: Originally published as The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (2005), this ground-breaking book offers sound re-entry employment advice for those with red flags in their backgrounds and those who may appear unemployable. Indeed, finding a good job is the number one challenge facing thousands of ex-offenders entering the free world each day. In fact, the United States is the world's most "arrested society" -- 707 of every 100,000 people are locked up; nearly 12 million people circulate in and out of prisons, jails, and detention centers each year; 2.2 million are incarcerated in state and local prisons; 5.5 million are on parole or probation; and 70 million have an arrest or conviction that may appear as a red flag in their background.Successful re-entry is especially difficult for those who have lost everything, including hope and optimism. Without a decent job and support network to help meet immediate food, housing, transportation, and health care needs, and often saddled with onerous financial obligations (fines, restitution, child support payments, accumulated debts), many ex-offenders fall back on old dysfunctional habits, relationships, and temptations that lead them back to prisons, jails, and detention centers.While many employers may not want to hire someone with a criminal record, others are willing to give ex-offenders a second chance and help them get back on their feet and move ahead with their lives. In fact, we live in a society that both admires and supports people who can pick themselves up, transform their lives, and go on to achieve their dreams.But what should ex-offenders do in order to land a good job? Where should they go to find a job they do well and enjoy doing? What strategies work best for them? This book provides important answers to many re-entry questions facing ex-offenders. Beginning with an examination of 20 myths/realities and 22 principles for success, one of America's leading employment and re-entry experts reveals 10 steps to job and career success:1. Examine and change your attitudes2. Seek assistance and become proactive3. Select appropriate job search approaches 4. Assess your skills and identify your motivational pattern 5. State a powerful objective6. Conduct research on jobs and communities7. Write effective resumes and letters8. Network for information, advice, and referrals9. Develop winning job interview skills10. Negotiate salary and benefits like a pro He includes two special chapters – (1) how to survive and prosper on the job as well advance your career, and (2) how to best navigate the electronic world (increasingly an important life skill) after spending so much time behind a prison firewall!Rich in insights and filled with practical examples, exercises, self-tests, and resources, here's the book that can make a big difference for ex-offenders and those who assist them. It shows them how to contact employers who will want to hire them because of their unique talents, positive attitudes, and strong employer-centered motivations. Best of all, they learn how to find a job they both do well and enjoy doing as they go on to living a new and productive life centered around work, family, and community. Foreword by Joyce Lain Kennedy. less...
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