by Mark Schultz~ When an individual has spent time incarcerated and finally gets released, they may leave with a little bit of money, the clothes on their back and a bus ticket – but they also leave with something else…a stigma that can, and often does, become their master status. That is to say that … Continue reading Benefits of Hiring Recently Released Individuals
Mark Schultz gives ex-offenders reason to hope for a second chance at employment.
by Goodwill Easter Seals ReEntry Services A criminal record will make some parts of the job search different than it is for job seekers who don’t have a criminal record. Your record will come up at different points during the search, including during a job interview. The following tips will help you practice how to … Continue reading Discussing Your Conviction Record in a Job Interview
by Goodwill Easter Seals ReEntry Services A gap in employment is a period of months or years in which one was not employed. An employment gap is caused by situations such as the inability to find work, going back to school, or serving a prison sentence. It will appear on your resume when you list … Continue reading How to Describe Gaps in Employment
by Denise Felder It’s hard to avoid using a computer when applying for most jobs. Many companies require a person either complete an application on the company website, or use an on-site computer kiosk instead of filling out a paper application. Making mistakes when completing an online application could keep you from getting an interview. … Continue reading ‘Fake’ Online Application Helps Job Seekers Practice
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 … Continue reading Turn Over a New Leaf
by Mark Schultz Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience for anyone. For ex-offenders, though, there is always that nagging thought of “when will I be asked about my criminal background?” and “how am I going to respond?” This can cause unneeded stress throughout the interview process. If you’re an ex-offender, what can you do to … Continue reading Ex-Offenders: Prepare for the Tough Interview Questions
by Mark Schultz Finding work can be a challenge if you have a criminal background. It’s important to know the common barriers to employment you might face and how to respond to employer attitudes. One common misconception about people with criminal records is they lack the skills to be productive employees. The reality might be … Continue reading Showcasing Skills for Ex-Offender Job Seekers