Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide: 10 Steps to a New Life in the Work World


This comprehensive book helps ex-offenders develop the proper attitudes and strategies for landing jobs that can lead to rewarding careers.

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This comprehensive book helps ex-offenders develop the proper attitudes and strategies for landing jobs that can lead to rewarding careers.

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Some 660,000 ex-offenders are released into American communities each year. Presently, 70 percent of them are returned to prison within three years, a statistic that the Krannichs (Job Hunting Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds) believe can only be changed if ex-offenders can obtain gainful employment. While many employers may not want to hire someone with a criminal record, others are willing to give ex-offenders a chance. The authors do not touch on such possible stumbling blocks as drug addiction, mental illness, or learning disabilities: they focus only on men and women physically and mentally able to hold down a job. With to-the-point advice, graphics, questionnaires, and statistics, they take ex-offenders through ten steps that show them how to get a job, hold on to it, and even advance up the ladder of success. While the final outcome has a touch of wishful thinking about it, such advice cannot hurt those who have access to it. To start, the men and women are told to change their attitudes and focus on their strong points. They must often consider relocating to a new community; seek assistance from inmate organizations, family, and acquaintances; learn how to network for information; and develop good interview skills. On the top step sits success, where individuals can negotiate their own salaries and benefits. Bottom Line While the advice offered here is for ex-offenders, a great deal of it, e.g., the chapter on writing a r sum , can be used by a broader readership. The book is essential for correctional facility libraries and correctional counselors but will also be useful in public libraries.-Frances Sandiford, formerly with Green Haven Correctional Facility Lib., Stormville, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570232367
  • Publisher: Impact Publications VA
  • Publication date: 12/25/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 452,397
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Getting a new and improved life 1
2 Be truthful, realistic, and focused on shaping your future 6
3 Examine and change your attitudes 29
4 Seek assistance and become proactive 40
5 Select appropriate job search approaches 54
6 Assess your skills and identify your MAS 68
7 State a powerful objective 95
8 Conduct research on jobs, employers, and communities 108
9 Write effective applications, resumes, and letters 120
10 Network for information, advice, and referrals 145
11 Develop winning interview skills 167
12 Negotiate salary and benefits like a pro 192
13 Starting right, surviving, and advancing your career 201
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