Skip to comments.Felony on Your Record? 10 Job Hunting Tips
Posted on 02/20/2007 3:44:25 AM PST by Brilliant
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You seem to be qualified for the job but that whole rape/murder thing makes me question your qualifications....
What do you suppose a convicted felon should do? Lay down and just die?
Not a bad idea.
What do you suppose they should do?
>What do you suppose a convicted felon should do? Lay down and just die?
For certain felonies, most certainly yes.
Better suggestion: Never commit a felony.
Do what they must to be certain they never go back.
Join the military...
Forget it, the military doesn't want people with felonies on their record.
The military doesn't need felons.
But, if you do, make sure it's one where you aquire a lot of money so you can get the best defense attorney you can to get you off the hook.
Absolutely! I don't want serious felons in sensitive positions. We must however realize that in todays society even child support violations can become felonies.
In the pursuit of the vote and retention of power legislators create ever harsher penalties just to be able to stand before a crowd and proclaim "I did this for you", many times the new penalties are felonies thus making more people un or under employable.
I guess my real point is, if were going to release them and tell them they are citizens again, we have to have some way for them to be productive.
IF they CHOSE to be so.
Other wise we just shuffle them in and out of prison and scream about the recidivism rates.
Worked for me...
This really is a serious problem. With so many convictions for Drugs and stupid laws it is much easier to get a felony conviction than it used to be.
Because of the extensive background record keeping. There is no redemption any longer. I don't know what the answer is but what used to be called a "youthful indiscretion" is now a life sentence as far as felons are concerned. Getting your record expunged is not easy any longer, With all the publicity on felons that recommit crimes judges are reluctant to do it.
Every family has someone that gets into trouble. It breaks your heart if they stop their destructive behavior and start acting right but can't get the chance to earn a decent living.
Used to be, if you messed up you just moved to another part of the country and started over. That is not an option any longer. Neither is joining the Military.
1. First, consult legal council (b)(it's COUNSEL, you twit) about the possibility of getting your record expunged, sealed or the conviction reduced.
4. "Look to personal contacts and friends to help you get a job," Kendall asserts. Someone who knows you will not be as wary to take a chance on you. Hanging with the crowd that probably got you sent to the joint in the first place is usually prohibited when on probation/parole.
5. Seek employment with small and local companies. "We promote looking for jobs with small companies and independent businesses and employers, instead of major chains," Roseborough divulges. Local businesses may have less stringent hiring requirements and are more willing to give you a chance.Translation: Mom and Pop are easy to pull the wool over on and will take longer to figure out what scam you are running.
6. Consider self-employment. Walt* was convicted at age 19 of drug possession and attempted sale. After serving time in prison, he took odd jobs in various auto shops and car dealerships to learn about car repair. He now works as an independent contractor and operates his own auto repair business. Nowhere in this article does it say that you should get and stay clean from drugs as most employers require a pee test. Even those that don't may require a pee test after an at-work accident/incident.
"We encourage the young men we work with to look into entrepreneurship. We suggest taking up a trade that a felony record wouldn't hinder, such as plumbing, construction or janitorial work. You can be your own employer with these skills," Roseborough says. The trade suggested, plumbing, requires a license which, in my state, will never be granted to a felon. Think about it: do you want a felon to have easy access to your home to check out the valuables? I didn't think so.
8. Be professional and confident. "Many young men we see lack people skills. We tell them that when they go to an employment office or are in an interview if they are dressed appropriately, speak well, and have confidence it will show," Roseborough says. "We explain that their resume is like an ad in the newspaper, but they are the 'product;' and they have to go in and 'sell' themselves. Some employers will take a chance if there is a nice presentation." "Yo dawg, it's like this, ya see. The man, he be down on me and ya gots to have a gat or ya don't gets no 'spect, ya see?" -- There's the door...
I would suggest you never, ever, do any extensive research on your family tree. Chances are very likely you have some felons in your gene pool.
So you think people can not change? Would you extend that to President Bush? A DUI could be a felony conviction in many states.
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