RESUME TIPS FOR EX-OFFENDERS
An ex-offender may need special assistance with resume details and relaunching a career after a prison stay. Getting a job as an ex-offender may prove to be a challenge, but there are several ways that you can find help.
Avoid the chronological format: The reverse chronological resume format is not your friend. This format, with its ordering of employers and dates, tends to point up the two major weaknesses of ex-offenders — limited work experience and major employment time gaps. Instead, choose a functional resume format or hybrid resume (combination) format that emphasizes your qualifications as they relate to the job you seek — skills, competencies. and personal qualities.
Present your prison experience in non prison terms: If you acquired education, training, and work experience in prison, be careful how you list that experience on your resume. Instead of saying that you worked at “Kentucky State Prison,” say you worked for the “State of Kentucky.” Both statements are truthful, but the first statement immediately raises a red flag that can prematurely screen you out before you get an interview.
One way that the government goes about trying to help provide jobs for felons in most states is through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).This works by giving employers an incentive in the form of tax breaks if they employ former prisoners. The tax credit per employee ranges from $1,200 to $9,600 depending on the type of person being employed.
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