by Rachel Vilsack

Some job seekers face barriers to employment. This is especially true for job seekers who must address a felony or former offense in their job search. Don’t let your criminal background hold you back from meaningful employment!


The New Leaf Workshop – held at WorkForce Center locations around Minnesota – is designed specifically for job seekers who are having difficulty getting a job due to criminal records. This 4-hour class combines traditional job search techniques with special strategies for addressing and overcoming barriers to employment. Topics include how, when and why to disclose your record, answer tough interview questions, how to talk to a potential employer about the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Federal Bonding programs, and the “Ban the Box” effort.


Workshop attendees will learn:

  • How to respond to questions related to your offense
  • How to discover your unique job skills and talents
  • How to write resumes and cover letters
  • What to expect from a background check


Registration is required to attend the New Leaf Workshops. You can view upcoming workshops and register online. (Type “New Leaf” into the search feature to narrow your results.)