INTRODUCTION: Looking for Work


People with criminal convictions can and do get jobs—it happens every day! They are employed in the workforce at all levels, from entry-level jobs to executive positions. You may (or may not) have to work a little harder to get a job, but it can and will happen. Remember the 3 “P”s—be Persistent, be Professional, and keep a Positive attitude.

  1. Preparing to enter the job market

    1. What can I expect as a job applicant with a criminal record?

    2. How will my criminal record affect my job prospects?

    3. What documents do I need before I apply for any job?

    4. How can I prepare for employers’ questions about my criminal record?

  2. How to present your best self

    1. How do I present my best self to an employer?

    2. Beef up your resume

    3. Clean up your record

    4. Target your job search

    5. Ace the job application

    6. Interview well

  3. Key terms in the employment chapter