If you've committed a felony, , you know that it will be more difficult to get a job now. It is simply a fact that felons have a harder time finding work after a conviction. Depending on the nature of your conviction, you may not be able to work in certain fields. A sex crime would ban you from working in schools, while fraud would potentially ban you from working at financial institutions or with money.
So, what can you do to get a job after a felony? Here are a few tips to help you get started.
They say that honesty is the best policy for a reason: people want to know the truth. If you committed a sex crime and were convicted of a felony, you might want to indicate that it was a statutory rape and not a violent one, for example. Sometimes, being honest helps clear up your situation, so the employer gets a better idea of what you did and how it could affect the workplace.
Apply to many different positions
A growing concern about violence in the workplace, theft and other crimes has led to more employers using criminal background checks. In situations where you have to check a box to indicate that you had a felony, you may need to state what kind or simply leave the indication. At this point, the employer can decide whether or not he or she would like to interview you. In some states, the employer will let you know if he or she did not hire you based on your criminal background, so you know not to apply again.
Some jobs will not ask if you had a felony. Those are the best shot for getting a job, but they can be few and far between. Applying to many positions gives you the highest chance of finding a job, even if it's not the one you want, so you can begin to build up references and gain connections within the industry.
Be smart about your applications
If you're convicted of embezzling, you can guarantee that a bank, financial institution or accounting firm won't hire you. Save yourself time and apply in fields that won't be affected by your felony conviction. For example, if you were convicted of a felony DUI, consider a job that doesn't require driving or working around alcohol.
These are just a few tips for helping you find work after being convicted of a felony. If you feel you were wrongfully convicted or want to have your record expunged, your legal advisor may be able to assist you.