A New Start – Overcoming a Criminal Background

””Nearly everyone who has ever looked for employment has faced some kind of barrier or obstacle in their job search.

This can especially be true for someone with a criminal background. For this person, the key is to not sit around, feel sorry for yourself or blame society for the obstacles and barriers you encounter. Here’s what you can do!

Do what is necessary to quickly find (steady) employment, even if it isn’t in your desired field. It’s not easy to find work, but it is possible – even probable – if you’re persistent. Those individuals who waste no time finding employment are the ones most likely to stay out of trouble and make a new life for themselves.

The following are useful tips for overcoming employment barriers:

Build a Support System
Solicit the support of family, friends and community/government organizations. No individual can exist as an “island.” The stronger your support system, the easier it is to navigate the ups and downs of today’s tight job market.

Identify Your Skills
Employers seek workers who know what skills they possess! Employers want to know how those skills can impact their business. Here’s a tool to help with performing a self-assessment.

Tailor (and practice saying out loud) the qualifications, skills and specific examples/experiences you can share with employers to demonstrate what you’ll do for their organization. This will require you to assess your skills, and it will make you do research on the target employer.

Work Hard
There are no off-the-rack solutions or procedures that can guarantee you a job. Hard work and preparation are your recipes for success.

Employers look for people that display the competitive skills necessary to fill in-demand jobs. They may be willing to overlook your past if you can prove your value.

Remember, individuals who waste no time finding employment are the ones most likely to make a new, successful life for themselves.

Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.

Author: Blogforce

Workforce Solutions provides comprehensive human resource services for businesses and residents of the 13-county Houston-Galveston Gulf Coast region. Workforce Solutions helps employers solve workforce-related business problems and area residents build careers, so that both can better compete in the changing worldwide economy. Our Employer Service Division provides personalized service to help employers find qualified applicants for their jobs, build the skills and expertise of their new and current employees, and address human resource needs. We operate multiple community-based career offices in 13 Texas Gulf Coast counties to help residents get a job, keep a job or get a better job – offering placement, career counseling and financial aid services. We partner with the region’s businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations and community leaders to find solutions to current and future labor needs of industries that are vital to the region and its economy.

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