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Where you're at: If you?re still under a supervised release program, then following the direction and assistance given by a parole officer is most prudent. At this stage, your primary goal is to complete your probation or parole, after which you may begin your new life. If you absolutely need cash, and can?t market your previous skills, then strongly consider a temp agency that will hire you out, and pay you, on a daily basis as a manual laborer.
If you're already past the supervised release stage, then it?s time to rebuild.
Where you're not: Although it's disheartening, you can make a list of jobs you can't have? Pretty much without exception, you can exclude anything and everything that involves firearms, and explosives. Bonded positions, highly regulated and licensed positions, and most government jobs are off the prospective list as well. Positions working around minors are probably out too.
Where you can go: You will most likely find your new career home in a small to very small company, where you will work closely with the owner. Most small companies struggle to survive, and rely heavily on each employee they have. You will probably be working with or near the owner, because they are down working in the "trenches" to keep their company afloat on a daily basis.
Where you can't go: Most medium to large companies don?t want to be involved with any real or perceived liability in hiring you. Realistically, you and your resume/job application probably won't get past the "gate-keepers" in the Human Resources Department. If this is the route you really want to pursue, than plan on adding a lot of positive factors to your resume between the time of your conviction and the time you apply.
What you can do: Unskilled and semi-skilled labor positions are high on a convict?s new job list, as most employers need to keep these ?revolving door? Type jobs filled. Residential construction labor is a good "starter" job. You can build your skill level, increase your wages, and maybe find a long-term ?home? With a contractor.
Assume you will have to discuss your conviction, and that a background investigation will be done. Employers want to know that you have "moved-on" from your experience. A simple statement is all that's needed. "I was convicted of -xxx- , and have fulfilled my obligations to the Court/Society/etc. I know that crime is wrong, and I also know that I have to try harder, and be better than the average person. I am ready to do this." (Don't go into a tirade about how life has done you wrong, or that you're a victim etc. The above statement is clear, concise, and should be accurate.)
What else can you do: You will now need to prove that you are in fact trying harder.
Academic advancement is a must: If you need a GED, get one. Enroll in Community College classes (education) and courses (skills). If you have a skill or specific education, consider teaching Adult Education classes. Use counselors to help develop a new career path.
Volunteer for Community Service. It looks good on a resume, it puts you in a networking position, it exposes you to potential employers, it keeps you away from an unsavory crowd, and it should make you feel better about yourself. Two full days (or the equivalent) per month is the norm. Use peer support to explore new career options.
Consider church. It has the same exposure as Volunteering, and can be a source of support for some. Use church leaders for career guidance and support.
Try to expunge your conviction, or apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation (or the equivalent.) All felony convictions can be made to "go away"; Some are just harder than others (such as Federal convictions requiring a Pardon or Clemency, or Registrant Crimes which may require continued registration.)
Prevent future convictions. This is a "no-brainer", but still needs to be said.
You have been given (a sort of) second chance. You have fairly permanent "legal" handicap. Try to earn what you need to live comfortably, but look for success outside of monetary achievement. This is all I can offer. Good luck, and keep-on- keepin'-on.