Discussing Your Conviction Record in a Job Interview


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 disclose your criminal background if asked about it by a potential employer.

 

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How to Describe Gaps in Employment


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 your job experience. Employment gaps are red flags for employers. If they see one on your resume, they will most likely ask about it during your interview.

 

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Ex-Offenders: Prepare for the Tough Interview Questions


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 help ease the pressure of an interview? The key element is preparation!

 

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Showcasing Skills for Ex-Offender Job Seekers


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 that you have skills employers want and just don’t know it.

 

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Career Information Helps Ex-Offenders STEP AHEAD


by Denise Felder

Change is the only constant in life. Maybe change excites you. Maybe it's scary when things in your life are different. Either way, major life transitions are stressful. And one of the biggest life changes nearly everyone goes though is looking for a new job. Trying to find the right career path is challenging enough. Now think about how tough it is to find the right career while rebuilding your life after a prison sentence.

 

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