The consequences of a felony conviction are far-reaching. Long after paying fines, serving your prison sentence, and completing any community service, you could face challenges as a result of the conviction. That’s why criminal defense attorneys urge anyone who has been charged with a felony to seek counsel; even if the potential penalties do not seem severe, the long-term ramifications could be devastating. One of the greatest hurdles convicted felons face is securing employment. Fortunately, the following tips can help.
3 Tips for Getting a Job With a Felony Conviction
1. Know Your Limits
Certain convictions can disqualify you from obtaining various professional licenses. Having a felony on your record will also make it virtually impossible to land a job in finance or education. Before starting the job search, review the limitations you will likely face so you don't waste time applying for positions you will never get.
2. Think Outside the Box
Thanks to advancements in technology, it’s easier than ever to work remotely. If you have any skills—or are willing to learn some—that you can use to land a few online freelancing jobs, you may not even have to worry about undergoing a background check. Just make sure to pursue only legitimate opportunities, as there are plenty of scammers looking to take advantage of those who want to work from home. To ensure a position will be worthwhile, research the company that posted it prior to applying.
3. Seek Out Smaller Companies
Larger companies might receive hundreds of applications for a single open position, so the competition is always fierce. At smaller companies, though, you can meet with the owner in person to discus your skillset and explain why you would be a great fit for the position. Small businesses are also less likely to have the resources to use a standardized hiring process that implements all kinds of filters, so your resume will not be rejected immediately for the felony or some other arbitrary reason.
If you’re facing criminal charges, a defense attorney from The Walker Firm can help you devise a strategy for fighting them. Located in Warner Robins, GA, they accept both misdemeanor and felony cases. They also practice personal injury law, traffic law, and DUI law. When you hire a defense attorney from their team, you can count on receiving personalized and attentive counsel at every stage of the proceedings. They will respond to all inquiries in a timely fashion and keep you updated along the way. To see what past clients have to say about the service they provide, visit their website. To schedule an initial consultation with one of their defense attorneys, call (478) 923-4152.