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Job Assistance For Sex Offenders

By Edited Sep 18, 2016 2 5

The job market is tough-no question about that. People with four year degrees and perfect credit have difficulty getting work. If you are a convicted felon with jail time under your belt one can only imagine what your job search looks like. For convicted sex offenders, the job search is ten times more difficult than the average ex offender. This article is a necessity as the sex-offender registry becomes cluttered with names of individuals not violent or predatory but good people who are caught in a series of unfortunate events. When a person is labeled as a registered sex offender it limits employment opportunties.

Before reading the tips, please note with any ex-offender, please stay within the conditions of your probation and sentencing guidelines. As a sex offender you are unable to have employment anywhere near minors.

Temporary agencies, or temp agencies as they are commonly called, offer resources to people in transition. This includes sex-offenders. Temp agencies place you in short term assignments that pay good hourly compensation. Depending on the screening process, you may not have to disclose that you have a felony, much less that you are a sex-offender. If you have to disclose your sex offender status, some agencies have a scoring system to determine your placement eligibility. Never accept an assignment where you shouldn't be. Don't accept an assignment as a middle school receptionist or a high school janitor. Do not accept temp to hire positions. The company interested in hiring you has a more extensive screening process than the temp agency and your sex-offender status will be exposed.

Manual labor is an invaluable source of income for sex offenders. By working under the table you earn a living and don't have to undergo extensive screening processes. Most manual labor companies are always looking for extra bodies and while you may be paid slightly less, it beats unemployment.

Self employment is a way for sex-offenders to have gainful employment, keep their dignity and not have to be subjected to any screening process. Pick your business endeavors by determining your personal strengths. Research licensing for businesses that interest you and be sure you can operate that business legally. Remember what areas of business you cannot venture into. Hiring employees and running your business from a home or office makes it possible to give business a wider audience and maintain your legal responsibilities.

The job search is difficult, sex-offenders must be allowed to make a living. This list is meant to assist those trying to feed their families.



Jul 18, 2010 8:58pm
There is some good info here. There are a couple of things you really need to add to this topic, however.

Honesty is always the best policy. It is better to be turned away today for being honest than fired for dishonesty on your employment application.

Also, many large chain stores like Target or McDonald's routinely deny employment to registrants regardless of circumstance.

It is important to familiarize yourself with the Federal Bonding Program for ex-felons. The Federal Bonding program is like insurance against liability. A few employers may also be swayed by knowing the federal government allows tax breaks for businesses who hire to ex-felons.

Shop around: Some areas have programs specifically for ex-felons or sex offenders. Also there are online organizations like Once Fallen, Sosen, or RSOL that may have leads on employment and support in your area.
Jul 18, 2010 9:56pm
Thank you very much for your additional comments. I was nervous to publish it. I hope the combination of your comments and my article can assist someone who needs it.
Jul 18, 2010 10:20pm
I'm glad someone even bothered to write one.

I'll also mention that they should also apply for SSI/ Disability should the job hunt be unsuccessful. It is better than nothing. Ironically, the myriad of laws out there make employment so difficult it meets the legal definition of a disability.
Aug 8, 2010 5:35pm
One more thing to be concerned about:

Many employers are unknowingly keeping this info stored in hard drives installed in modern copying machines.


It is a concern because your personal data can be compromised by places you have applied to in the past where any of your records were copied using a modern copying machine.
Aug 17, 2010 6:03am
Jade_Blue, thank you, for another good article. And thanks also to the previous commenter for making note of other resources, and insights into the long and difficult journey for employment, some of these types of offenders often must make.
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