Ex-Offender Job Opportunities

This section provides strategies and approaches to help people facing difficult challenges in making the transition into employment, especially people who have a felony conviction, social stigma, or a record. This page seeks to help these individuals overcome the their difficulties and gain employment.

Resume Strategies

Online Resources

  • Criminal Records and Getting Back Into The Workforce - Critical steps for ex-offenders trying to get back into the workforce
  • Employment Background Check - Employment Background Checks, Credit Checks, and Employment Verification. This website explains why employers conduct background checks and what is included in background checks
  • Employment Information Handbook For Ex Offenders - A handbook that covers topics such as preparing for release, federal programs for ex-offenders, state & federal jobs, programs sponsored by the US Department of Labor and much more
  • Ex-Offender Reentry - Resource for re-entry success
  • Federal Bonding Program - In 1966 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
  • Help For Ex-Offenders and Felons Look For Jobs - An advice blog that lists places to look for employment for ex-offenders and felons.
  • Hire Network - Information on local resources
  • Interviewing Tips For Ex-Offenders - Job Interview Tips
  • Resume Tips - Resume Tips for ex-offenders
  • A Step Ahead Career Planning For Ex Offenders - Step Ahead helps job seekers with felony convictions and other criminal charges know their work options, set goals, get training, and be successful in their job search