What Jobs Are Available to People With Felony Convictions?

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Those who have a felony conviction on their record will face many challenges in their job search. However, there are quite a few options available for former felons who are willing to have patience and be persistent and honest while searching for employment.

Parole Assistance Programs

Parole officers have many resources, including direct connections to suitable employment for those who have felony convictions. Former felons should first check with his or her parole officer to take advantage of the job resources available.

Social Service Agencies

Community service organizations such as The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, and other local programs, have prisoner rehabilitation programs in connection with work release programs.

Job Placement Agencies

Agencies such as the Felon Job Help website (see reference 2) have information to help convicted felons find employment. The sites list resources for preparing resumes and interviewing, as well as job opportunities for those who register.

Armed Forces

The armed forces can provide a regular income and great training opportunities. Ex-felons can be accepted by the U.S. Army and Navy, with a waiver from the Secretary of Defense or the Under Secretary.

Labor Positions

There are many skilled, unskilled, and semi-skilled labor jobs such as those in the construction, contractor, warehouse and fast food industries. Many of these jobs may be available through a parole officer or job placement website that specializes in placing former felons.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Companies

Restaurants are just one type of business that takes advantage of the federal tax credit (see reference 3) offered to employers hiring ex-felons within one year after conviction or release date.