Job Search Information for Ex-Offenders

Many people with criminal records have very good careers. It may be difficult to search for a job if you have a felony conviction, but it isn’t impossible.

Part of a successful life after incarceration is getting and keeping a good job. Besides getting paid, having a steady job can also give you:

  • An employment history that can help you find even better jobs down the road.
  • A feeling of pride.
  • The time to learn about different ways of thinking and doing things

There are many programs that help people reenter the workforce after a criminal conviction. One great program is the Federal Bonding Program (FBP), a program that guarantees the job honesty of “at-risk” job seekers to encourage employers to hire former offenders. To get in contact with your State Bonding Coordinator and find a One-Stop near you, call1.877.US2.JOBS (1.877.872.5627). Check out the websites below to find programs and articles that can help you with your job search.


  • Federal Bonding Program: This program provides Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. To find a local program, call toll free: 1.877.US2.JOBS (1.877.872.5627).
  • National Hire Network: Find state and community resources that provide job and legal services for ex-offenders.
  • Reentry Programs: U.S. Department of Justice: A variety of programs assist offenders in the reentry process. Programs include prerelease, drug rehabilitation and training, and work.
  • Employment Background Checks: Learn the "how" and "why" or background checks.
  • Tax Breaks for Employers: The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a Federal tax credit incentive for businesses. Businesses get a tax credit for hiring ex-offenders and others

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