Finding employment after your release from prison might feel close to impossible. However, knowing where to look and how to market your skills could make a considerable difference to your success.
From searching for jobs to preparing for interviews, your diligence could mark the start of a positive change in your life. With the right support, you can rebuild your life and feel excited about the future.
Where to look
You may have aspirations about the type of career you wish to have. While you can set goals to eventually reach this point, you will want to look for more simple jobs at first. For example, administrative tasks, customer service, food service or construction. Starting simple will enable you to get back on your feet, rebuild and finetune skills and navigate toward your ultimate career.
What to say
Many people have experienced the situation you have. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, each year the U.S. sees roughly 600,000 people released from incarceration. There are strategic ways to talk about your past without incriminating yourself.
Highlight the skills you have. Know how to summarize your experience without divulging unnecessary details. Turn the interviewer’s attention toward the lessons you have learned from your past.
How to act
Show enthusiasm for returning to the workplace. Ask for follow-up regarding the outcome of your interview. If a company turns you down, look for ways to volunteer in your community. This can help pass the time, expand your network and aid you in establishing other critical, job-related skills.
Incarceration does not have to be the reason you give up on living a successful life. Finding a job is an excellent way to turn your life around.