Nowadays, a significant number of jobs are available for felons. However, there is also a long list of jobs that ex-cons can’t get. Today, we’re going to discuss the jobs that a felon can’t come anywhere near, how a felony can stop you from getting a job that you wish to acquire, how hiring a felon can be super beneficial for the employer, and more.
Jobs that you can’t obtain as a felon
If you happen to be a felon and you’re super interested in getting a job in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, today is not your lucky day. Unfortunately, the FBI, unlike some other federal or state agencies, will simply not hire anyone who’s a felon, they’ll go as far as not reviewing any resume sent by a felon.
Moreover, studies have shown that it’s tough for a felon to obtain a job as a white collar. This is due to the fact that white collar employers prefer hiring people with a clean resume (no offense). On the contrary, blue-collar employers usually give felons a chance, which means that your chances of being hired in the trades & construction are rather favorable.
Unfortunately, even though it is illegal for an employer to deny a job application of an individual simply because he’s a felon, many employers, not to say the majority of them, do tend to be against the idea of hiring a felon.
See also: Can a Felon Get Health Insurance?
Time Restrictions on Hiring
Some employers only offer jobs to ex-convicts who were released years ago, in other words, over time, you can obtain positions that you weren’t able to when you were first released from prison. So, if one of those jobs is in your mind, you can try to find a temporary job for now,and when the times comes, you’ll be able to apply for it.
How A Felony Can Stop You from Getting Certain Jobs
Some workplaces, as I have already mentioned previously, will refuse to hire people with any sort of convictions in the past, and they’re legally allowed to do so. Some examples of where and when this can happen are:
- If the felony you committed is in any way related to firearms, you consequently will not be able to acquire any sort of employment in gun stores, law enforcement, or security.
- If you were convicted of a felony that’s mainly related to the consumption of alcohol, an employer is in the right if he refuses to grant you a job as a bartender or a server, and you definitely can’t work in a liquor store.
- If the crime was related to money, you might not be allowed to work in a job that’s profoundly associated with
And I’m certain that you can see where I’m going with this. Also, some jobs require some sort of licensure. As a result, it may be difficult for a felon to obtain employment in these workplaces. But, there are some places such as nursing homes, where it is possible to obtain a license in order to work in their facility or other similar facilities. Note that it is crucial for you to work hard to gain the trust of employers and build relationships because the respect that you gain and these relationships are the keys, that’d possibly allow you to obtain better jobs in the future.
Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction:
Collateral consequences are the penalties that come with a criminal conviction, they are not the direct consequences of the sentence (prison, probation, fines) but further penalties applied on the felon by the state. An example of these consequences is the inability of holding a firearm, which makes it rather impossible to obtain a job that’s related to gun use. Thereby, when searching for a job, these consequences may have a hefty toll on your chances of getting employed, but you might also want to consider talking to employers and telling them the advantages of hiring a felon.
A Brief Explanation of How Employer Benefit from Hiring an Ex-con
Employers who hire an ex-offender become instantly eligible for Work Opportunity Tax Credits, a program that grants employers all over the country over $1 Billion a year, they can also join low-cost training initiatives and many other federal programs. So basically, all you’ve got to do is to explain to an employer how hiring you will end up being a good thing for him and for you too, and that might just do the trick.
Robert Gomez was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He currently lives in Northern California with “the wifey,” “the kids,” “the dog,” and “that cat,” 🙁 He is also a former journalist who has interviewed murderers on death row. Felonyfriendlyjobs.org was born to help ex-felons get a second chance in life.