When you are on probation or parole, one of the requirements you have to meet might be to find suitable employment. That might not be as easy as you think because of your criminal record. In fact, finding a job is often one of the most frustrating terms of probation or parole. While you can’t force an employer to hire you, there are some ways that you can improve your chances of being hired.
Is it really possible to find jobs if you have a criminal record?
Yes, you can find a job when you have a criminal record. You have to be persistent and keep a positive attitude throughout the process. You must be honest on job applications; however, you can’t let a negative attitude get in your way. Instead, you have to let a positive attitude shine through when you go on interviews. Some employers might give you a chance if they feel you have made a change for the better in your life.
Are there any other options?
Find out if your parole or probation officer will allow you to consider self-employment as a job. If becoming your own employer is possible, you can consider trades like locksmithing, cosmetology or vehicle repair. All of these are likely to require some education. In some cases, your parole or probation officer might allow you to get an education in lieu of having a paying job.
It is vital that you comply with all the terms of your probation or parole. You don’t want to have to stand up in court to fight a violation or revocation.
Source: Jobs for Felons, “How to find employment if you have a criminal record.,” Michael Ford, accessed Dec. 17, 2015