Securing gainful employment after a felony conviction is often challenging. It’s not uncommon for felons to encounter bias. When it’s hard to find a company that’ll give you a chance, you may assume there’s also little you can do to boost your resume after a felony conviction.
Fortunately, that isn’t the case. There are education and training opportunities that felons can access, allowing them to boost their capabilities and acquire desirable skills. If you need to build up your resume, here are some options to explore.
Often, one of the most accessible educational approaches is self-directed learning. There are free resources available online that cover a wide array of skills. Coursera, edX, Udacity, Udemy, Khan Academy, The Open University, and many others have a variety of on-demand courses that anyone can access without paying for anything. There are also blogs and online videos that can introduce you to various skills.
With this approach, finding opportunities to demonstrate the related capabilities is best. One option is to develop your own portfolio or do a related personal side project. Then, you have examples to share with hiring managers, allowing you to showcase the new capabilities, even if you have not used them on the job.
Look for Government Programs or Nonprofit Services
Many state and local governments have resources for felons that are designed to make education and training more accessible. Precisely what’s available does vary by area, but it could open doors for formal learning opportunities. Typically, you’ll find information through your local workforce development office, but any organization that supports those with felony convictions may also have helpful information.
Similarly, nonprofits in your area that assist individuals with felony convictions may have their own programs. Again, what’s available does vary, but it’s worth contacting these organizations to see if they have pathways that make education and training more accessible.
Focus on the Right Employers
Many companies offer on-the-job training and formal learning opportunities to employees. As a result, focusing on the right employers can open doors. If you have a felony conviction, begin with companies that signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge. Employers that signed formally dedicated themselves to giving people second chances, eliminating barriers that could make gainful employment hard to achieve.
Partner with GSG Talent Solutions
At GSG Talent Solutions, our team aims to open career doors for everyone. We’re an REDF partner that works diligently to help individuals with convictions overcome barriers that impact their ability to secure employment.
Along with job search assistance, GSG Talent Solutions helps felons access incredible training opportunities. Through our program, you can acquire in-demand skills or hone the capabilities you already have, allowing you to become a stronger candidate.
Plus, our recruiters will serve as your advocate, helping you connect with leading employers to secure gainful employment. If you have a felony conviction and want to learn more about what our team can do for you, GSG Talent Solutions wants to hear from you. Contact us today.