Career Paths For Convicted Felons
Tips for finding and creating employment. This article is to provide a few recommended career paths for convicted felons.
I don't recommend setting your goals too high, nor too low. Make your goals realistic, be persistent and confident, and don't seek employment that your over-qualified in (for example, if your a skilled machine operator then don't apply at McDonalds).
- Skilled workers - this is any worker who has some special skill, knowledge, or acquired ability in their work. Skilled workers usually attended a college, university or technical school. Examples of skilled workers include chef, paralegal, artist, draftsman, computer network specialists, machine operator, welder, and shipping & receiving clerk.
- Licensed Skilled Worker - this is any carer field that requires an occupational license (issued by a county, State or Federal Government) in order to perform certain Services such as electrician, HVAC technician, barber, carpenter, driver. Being a Licensed Skilled Worker provides a greater advantage when seeking employment, over those non-licensed careers.
- Self-employment - starting your own business and being self-reliant can be tough at first but well worth the long-term rewards. More often than not being a convicted felon will impose many barriers to traditional employment. Self-employment may be an easy solution to your employment headaches, and the benefits are beyond imagine. However, when it comes time to hire additional employees, make it a priority to hire other convicted felons and don't forget the road you've traveled down.
- Seek employment in small to medium sized business. Major corporations won't hire you - point blank! Your more likely to gain employment in those small/medium and localized companies.