Presentation on theme: "Resume & Job Search Advise For Ex-Offenders"— Presentation transcript:
1 Resume & Job Search Advise For Ex-Offenders Truth Wins Out…Most Of The Time!Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
2 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders In a research survey we conducted for the Association Of Job Search Trainers (AJST), we contacted over 350 employers and asked them for advice on how to help ex-offenders re-enter the labor market and how to present themselves on resumes.“Stay An Ex-Offender” Was The Most Powerful Advice We Received From Employers
3 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders They gave the offender four (4) different types of advice:General AdviceBehavioral AdviceJob Finding AdviceResume Development Advice
4 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Truthfulness and honesty were the two threads of advice that permeated the survey.Chinese Symbol For Truth!
5 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Data supports that somewhere around 2/3 of employers say they’ll hire an ex-offender if the offenders fess up to their situations, take responsibility for their actions, exhibit remorse, specify what they’ve learned, and convince the employer they are willing to do whatever’s necessary to change their lives.I think the following employer statement pretty well sums up this section.I think the following employer statement pretty well sums up this section.
6 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Employer Statement“Trust is the biggest barrier to your reentry to the workplace. On the other hand, today’s labor market affords you opportunities rarely available to people with big black marks on their personal history. But, you must convince a prospective employer that you are trustworthy and unfortunately…willing to start at the bottom. Showcase your greatest strengths in such a manner as to reveal to a prospective employer how exploiting these strengths will bring them success. By turning you away they lose any hope of utilizing what you have to offer.”
7 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders General AdviceFeature jobs you had while in prison.Get advice from career counselors who work with ex-offenders.Consider self-employment or entrepreneurial fields.
8 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders General Advice ContinuedShow added value to offset previous history.Prove you’ve reestablished yourself: take courses, get a church orientation, expand your network of friends.Become a volunteer.
9 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders General Advice ContinuedReestablish your work history any way you can.Some employers may not be interested due to the nature of the offense. Try other employers; don’t give up.Stress length of time since offense, what you’ve learned and done to ensure this situation doesn’t reoccur.
10 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders General Advice ContinuedAccept the fact that a lot of doors will close on you before one opens.Try to get the record expunged.
11 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Behavioral AdviceDon’t try to come across as the victim.Be honest when asked on an application or verbally. There’s no requirement to list it on a resume.Be honest! Many employers will still consider you for hiring.Be honest and open and be ready to discuss the situation.
12 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Behavioral Advice ContinuedBe honest and up-front if there’s a need to disclose information.Be honest; remember many employers do background checks.Be honest. I’d rather find out from you than through a background check.Tell the truth. It may not exclude you from consideration.
13 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Behavioral Advice ContinuedInvest in yourself with self-improvement and education.Don’t hedge on answers.Provide information showing a change.Be ready to show employers how your conviction has changed your character or factors that mitigate the situation since your conviction.
14 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Job Finding AdviceTry to get an interview without a resume or job application.Indicate that your debt has been paid.Be sure the company you’re applying to accepts people with criminal records.
15 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Job Finding Advice ContinuedList your Probation Officer as a reference...with a phone number.Stress the skills that you do have, not the ones you don’t.Begin developing quality references.
16 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Job Finding Advice ContinuedBe selective about the type of jobs you’re applying for.Apply to small employers...but always be honest. Many small employers won’t make background checks.Share how your past won’t affect your work performance.
17 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Resume Development And Use AdviceDon’t leave gaps on the resume and be ready to explain them in an interview.Include a positive reference.Don’t put your felony conviction on the resume.Address your conviction in the cover letter.
18 Resume & Job Search Advice For Ex-Offenders Resume Development And Use Advice ContinuedEmphasize your career goals and the desire to change.Concentrate on skills.Show how you’ve learned from past mistakes and become a positive example for others.Stick to a chronological format and wait to address the conviction in the interview. This may be counterproductive.
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