What Job Can People With a Criminal Record Get?

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Finding a job with a criminal record potentially can be a challenging task. A former criminal offender has a better chance of finding gainful employment by narrowing the scope of jobs she seeks. There are certain jobs that a person with a criminal record has solid chance of obtaining.

Types

  • The type of crime plays a significant role in prospective job limitations faced by a person with a criminal record. For example, a person convicted of a violent crime faces far more limited options than does an individual with a minor, non-violent offense.

Considerations

  • A person with a criminal record typically can find employment in the construction and related trades as well as in the hospitality industry. Employment requirements are less stringent in these arenas.

Government

  • Although there are certain government positions a former offender cannot obtain, certain local, state and federal governmental units do sponsor reintegration employment programs for individuals with a criminal record.

Not-for-Profit Sector

  • A variety of not-for-profit agencies (community centers, certain human services agencies, churches and religious organizations) generally are more amenable to hiring men and women with criminal records.

Misconceptions

  • A common misconception is that a criminal record forever dogs an offender. In fact, after a person with such a history gains her first position of employment and succeeds at it, future positions of employment become far easier to obtain.

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