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You've heard it said, time and time again, there are no “felon-friendly” jobs. Well, after 20 years of dedicated experience in the careers industry, we are of the belief that there is work out there for repented, rehabilitated and redirected "people". And not only work, but companies where decision-makers are passionate about helping individuals who have hit rock-bottom get back up and begin again.
Targeted Job Search for Ex-Cons
Merely stating our belief isn't enough. We feel obligated to prove it! The resources contained within the pages of this book were compiled with those job seekers who face the greatest challenges in mind.

We Hire Ex-Cons "People"
Committed to delivering only legitimate resources, we've invested countless hours researching, networking, and reviewing case studies to gain reliable insights into the hiring practices of many organizations nationwide. 
Targeted Job Search for Ex-offenders
You can take comfort in knowing, each of these companies has hiring practices that are favorable to ex-offenders and felons. And, we are honored to provide YOU with what we hope will soon prove to be an invaluable resource in your job search.

What You Should Know   

Proposition 47: The ballot initiative passed by California voters on November 4, 2014, reduces certain drug possession felonies to misdemeanors. It also requires misdemeanor sentencing for petty theft, receiving stolen property and forging/writing bad checks when the amount involved is $950 or less. Eligible persons must file a petition or application to the court that sentenced them by November 4, 2017 (i.e., within three years of the effective date of the initiative).


Ban the Box: Companies do not inquire about criminal histories on initial job applications and runs background checks only after a conditional offer of employment. The intent is to provide applicants with a criminal history the chance to be evaluated and their circumstances considered on a case-by-case basis.  In cases of a criminal background, companies seek to understand the relevancy of the conviction, time passed, evidence of rehabilitation and other factors. All candidates are given the opportunity to tell their unique story and will not be eliminated from consideration based solely on the fact of a criminal conviction.


Fair Chance Pledge: “We applaud the growing number of public and private sector organizations nationwide who are taking action to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed, including individuals who have had contact with the criminal justice system. When almost 70 million Americans — nearly one in three adults — have a criminal record, it is important to remove unnecessary barriers that may prevent these individuals from gaining access to employment, training, education and other basic tools required for success in life.

We are committed to providing individuals with criminal records, including formerly incarcerated individuals, a fair chance to participate in the American economy.
The Federal Bonding Program: Serves as a job placement tool by guaranteeing to an employer the job honesty of “at-risk,” hard-to-place job applicants.

The Federal Bonding Program issues fidelity bonds, which are business insurance policies that protect employers in case of theft, forgery, larceny, or embezzlement of money or property by an employee who is covered by the bond. The bond coverage is usually $5000 with no deductible amount of liability for the employer. Higher amounts of coverage, up to $25,000, may be allowed if justified. The bond does not cover liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries, or work accidents.

Bond packages are issued by the Department of Labor to a purchasing organization such as a job placement agency or employer. The purchasing organization can be public or private, nonprofit or for profit. Then, the job placement organization or employer is able to bond individuals who other bonding agencies usually will not, such as individuals with criminal records.

The bond is put into effect instantly on the first day of employment. The employer simply makes the applicant a job offer and sets a date for the individual to start working. There are no forms or other papers for the employer to sign, and no processing to delay matters.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit: WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans and individuals from other target groups with significant barriers to employment. Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. There is no limit on the number of individuals an employer can hire to qualify to claim the tax credit, and there are a few simple steps to follow to apply for WOTC.

A new hire meets the criteria for this target group, if the individual:
  • Has been convicted of a felony; AND
  • Has a hiring date that is not more than 1 year after conviction or release from prison. 
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