Employment for people with sex offender convictions

Finding employment is one of the most difficult task a person with a felony has to face. Having a sexual offense on your record can make this even more difficult, especially if you live in a state that requires you to not work within a certain distance of places like schools and parks. Below are listed tips and resources that may help you in finding a job, even if you have a felony for a sexual offense. If you are on probation, there may be additional requirements that could hinder successfully securing employment. Check first with your probation requirements before applying and accepting an employment offer.

There are not guarantees any of this information will help you find a job, this is just listing things helpful or government and/or non-profit organizations have recommended.

Ask Friends and Family

Friends and family are first important steps in searching for a job. Most likely they know of your past and will be willing to work with you if you are on parole or probation. If a family or friend owns a business, ask if you can work for them. Maybe a friend or family member’s place of employment is hiring and by asking them, they could be a positive reference for you to their employer. You may find that friends and family are willing to hire you for odd jobs, providing you with short-term employment until you find a full-time job.

Temp Agencies

Many temp agencies will work with individuals who have felonies on their records. If you call several temp agencies and they say they do not work with those that have felonies or there is a certain length of time that must pass since your conviction date, do not give up. Some of the larger temp agencies have policies in regard to hiring felons, but there are many medium and smaller temp agencies that are willing to work with you to help you find temporary employment, which could become full-time based on your job performance. Many temp agencies post job listings on Indeed.

Federal Bonding Program

the U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer. In most states the bonds are made available through the state agency responsible for workforce matters. A list of where one can obtain a Federal Bond for each state is available on their website.

Non-Profit Organizations

There are a few organizations that are helping individuals whom have a felony find jobs. One of those organizations is Better People, which is located in Portland, Oregon. Another organization is Chrysalis, located in Los Angeles. A third organization is The National H.I.R.E Network, which help people across the US. A fourth organization is Hard 2 Hire.

State Employment Agents

Many states offer job search assistance. These places help with writing a resume, and job searches, which may even offer help conducting mock interviews. NC Works Online is a good tool to begin localized job searches. For more information about North Carolina-specific former offender job searches, please click on this resource page for vital information.

Start Your Own Business

If you have a skill like carpentry, cooking, or computers, you may want to look into starting your own business. With the advancement in technology, starting a home base business is much easier. There may be some restrictions to what type of business you may start, check the North Carolina website before you start a business.

Other Resources

From Jail to a Job” the hardcore ex-offender job search manual, is a step-by-step guide that can teach any ex-offender how to get a job quickly. This book has helped thousands of ex-offenders and felons get jobs.

Riley Guide

Riley Guide – Ex-offender – Not only does the above site provide relevant information for ex-offenders seeking employment, but it also provides a LIST of employers who will hire ex-offenders. Some of these employers actively seek to hire ex-offenders to give them a second chance!

Sex Offender Jobs

Sex Offender Jobs – A blog dedicated to providing information for people who can find gainful employment. They want to see all people that have to register to find a good job where they can support themselves and their family.

Dwayne Daughtry

Dwayne is NCRSOL's Executive Director.

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