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Posted September 23, 2014 by

Can I Get Hired with a Criminal Record?

Michael Klazema

Michael Klazema

One of the first questions that people with criminal records ask as they head out into the job market in search of employment is about whether or not their search is even worth it. It’s a valid query: for years, employers have blacklisted ex-convicts and even misdemeanor criminals simply for having criminal offenses on record. Even if you have served your time for a crime and are working hard to rebuild your life, a criminal record can follow you around for your whole life and force you to keep paying for your mistakes. Quite simply, most employers aren’t willing to take a risk on people with criminal history, whether because they are worried for their safety (or the safety of their customers or workers) or because they just look down upon those who have committed crimes in the past.

Still, getting hired with a criminal record is possible if you know which steps to take and how to conduct yourself throughout the interview process. Follow the steps below to take control over your life and get yourself back to a respectable position of employment. (more…)

Posted December 06, 2012 by

We Should Help Prison Inmates Become Entrepreneurs Upon Their Release

Jeff Smith was once an up-and-coming star in the Missouri State Senate. He went to prison for a year for covering up an election law violation. Since his release, he’s created a new space for himself as a professor, writer, political commentator and advocate for those he was locked up with.

But what Jeff discovered inside wasn’t what he expected — he saw in his fellow inmates boundless ingenuity and business savvy. He asks: Why don’t we tap this entrepreneurial potential to help ex-prisoners contribute to society once they’re back outside? (more…)