There are countless Americans that have felony convictions on their records. If you’re one of these convicted felons, you likely already know the struggle that is finding a good, stable job. Opportunities for felons and ex-offenders can be challenging to find, but rest assured, they are out there.
It may be difficult to find a job, but it’s not impossible. Many former convicts are often offered second chances, and you can be among them. Just remember, you’re not alone – your situation is not exclusive. You’ll likely just need to be persistent and diligent in your search for work.
Here are some suggestions of jobs that can be felon friendly.
Most of the highest-paying jobs for former felons are those that require post-secondary training. For instance, computer programmers and mobile app developers can make a great living. You may need to take some courses and/or do some heavy-duty studying, but even entry-level pay is high. These are essentially jobs where your skills will matter far more than your history.
If you don’t have a history of fraud, computer-related crimes, theft, or violence, information technology (IT) is also lucrative. Web design and development, marketing, and many other online jobs could also be potential options with a bit of training. Writing or graphic designing from home may also be viable options if your skills are up to par.
The current gig economy may work in your favor. Depending on your record, you could pick up a job with a ridesharing service or as a delivery driver/courier. Alternatively, you can try to work for yourself, online or off. Online, there are sites like Fiverr where you can offer your services online. Offline there are still options, like working as a dog trainer, for example.
Electrical engineering and other technician jobs can also lead to a great long-term career. Other professions include oil and gas derrick operators, electricians, wind or solar energy technicians, drill operators, and plumbers. Many of these simply require vocational certificates and/or paid apprenticeships. Some, however, may require an associate’s degree.
Other options include commercial driving, carpentry, welding, painting, construction jobs, and landscaping.
There’s a surprising number of companies willing to give convicted felons a second chance. While decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, it never hurts to apply at these companies. A few examples include Ace Hardware, Bridgestone, Chili’s, Comcast, Denny’s, Embassy Suites, Jiffy Lube, and PetSmart. There are many, many others, too. Even FedEx and UPS will sometimes hire felons.
If you’re still struggling, you might want to look into local second chance programs. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, and these charitable organizations can help support you in your search. You may have local programs run by Goodwill Industries or various religious charities.
The Federal Bonding Program can also be a huge help to felons seeking job placement. It’s free for both your employer and you and works sort of like an insurance policy. It essentially negates the perceived risk that you could steal something.
Hopefully, these suggestions will help you keep your head up and find some fulfillment in your job search.