Posted on 28 August 2009.
How does a person with a felony find a job after he has served his time in Indiana? Most felons will find that it’s not easy to find a job, though it is not impossible. These jobs do exist but you will have to pound a lot of pavement, make a lot of phone calls, and fill out a lot of applications to find them.
People don’t know that there are actually companies that are paid an incentive by the government to hire convicted felons. Work One, the state employment agency, hires employment specialists who work to find or persuade companies to hire felons in Indiana. WorkOne’s program for ex-offenders, for example, helped 150 felons secure employment during 2005.
When looking for a job you should look for one that has a tax credit that can be used to pay for skill development and training for felons. Employers consider the development of communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills as a first priority.
Places to avoid looking applying for a job are long term temporary employment agencies. You will have better luck at a Labor Ready employment service for short term or daily employment until you are hired at one of the companies or businesses which you have applied to.
Keep in mind that small companies are more likely to hire a felon as the owners are more involved in the day to day business, and can see firsthand the ability of their hires to perform the tasks involved in the job.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Indiana Government Center South
10 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 45204
Web Site: www.in.gov/dwd/
Next Step Programs
The Adult Center for Education, a Fletcher Place Ministry
1831 East Prospect Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Web Site: www.doe.in.gov/adulted/welcome.html
Indiana Jobs for Felons 2012
While the job market is looking a little better for some people out there, felons in Indiana are still having a hard time finding work most of the time. This is a shame because many people who have made a mistake in their past – or been in the wrong place at the wrong time – really do want to get a good paying job so they can turn their life around.
This is why we have devoted a lot of resources to putting together information on jobs for felons in Indiana. Whether you are looking for a specific type of work or just any old job so you can pay the bills, be sure to keep looking around the website for more useful information. Be sure to bookmark us in your favorite list so that you can come back as we add new information.
Finally, if you have any questions about getting a job with a felony in Indiana, leave a comment below. While we can’t guarantee you a job, we will do our best to help you as much as we can. If you have a felony conviction in your past and are SERIOUS about getting a job, there are things you can do to help yourself successfully find a job.