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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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