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Search Strategies for Ex Offenders

I have a Class X felony on my record that is 13 years old, yet it can not be expunged. Briefly, it was my first and only arrest. I count myself lucky because the company I worked for then kept me on the payroll and I had a position waiting for me when I got to work release. When that company closed its doors in 2000, reality set in. I went on 6 interviews to one company and then they sent me a letter explaining that my background was simply not what they had hoped for. So many doors are closed to people like me. I act and live as normally as everyone else, yet when I interview now the fear of discovery, along with the age factor is unbelievable. I am supposed to be going to school through WIA since I became unemployed once again. Do you have access to companies that either don't check that far back, companies that don't check, or those that understand our justice system is not always foolproof? Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.

Where should I search for a job?

 I specialize in selling ad space. My background is in radio, newspaper, and special events. Could you direct me to the web sites that I should be searching? I prefer to work with local companies as I am now representing out of town firms.

Mid-Level Opportunities

Are there any jobs out there that are between assistant and management? It appears that organizations want you to be one or the other and are no longer offering coordinator or mid-level opportunities.

Volunteer to Employee

Where can I volunteer that it will lead to full time employment?

Entry Level Employment with an MBA?

I received my MBA with a concentration in finance in the summer of 2007. Since then, I have been searching for a new position to take advantage of the degree and to fulfill a desire to have more challenging work opportunities. It has been very difficult to say the least. My current position is as administrative support at a private university. My work history is not extensive, but I am more than capable of managing a position of "higher authority" and responsibility. I am not sure how to get my resume to those who would have a serious interest in providing me with what I am looking for. What advice can you give me to spearhead a more assertive approach to job-hunting?

Back to School?

I finished college recently and I can not find a job. My degree is in Non-Profit Childcare Administration. I have three years experience working with people with disabilities but the jobs I am applying for will not hire me due to the lack of management experience. Should I go back to school?

People do not generally return to school to avoid a challenging situation. The best reason to return to school is when you are clear about a direction (and have done much research about the reality of that role) and need additional credentials to meet that goal.

Job Training

How can I get entry Business Analysis experience or training from the State of Illinois? I am also interested in the Organizational development field. Can I get volunteer opportunities or training for a reasonable price?

MBA job hunting

I received my MBA with a concentration in finance and since then, I have been searching for a new position to take advantage of the degree and to fulfill a desire to have more challenging work opportunities. It has been very difficult to say the least. My current position is as administrative support at a private university. My work history is not extensive, but I am more than capable of managing a position of "higher authority" and responsibility. I am not sure how to get my resume to those who would have a serious interest in providing me with what I am looking for.

Fired and Letting Go of the Anger

I was fired from my previous job because a co-worker simply did not like me. I was set up and now I am looking for another job but I don't know what to say about why I was fired. The reasons given by my former employers were that things were not done that should have been done and my work performance was not up to their needs. I know for a fact my co-worker had something to do with things being deleted off my computer that I did and . . . . . I am just lost at what to say because this has never before happened to me. Co-workers know but I have no proof. Several of my co-workers said I can use them for references, also. Please help me. I don't know what to say.

What do you tell someone in an interview when you've been fired from a job?

What do you tell someone in an interview when you've been fired from a job?

Many people have left their jobs under circumstances that they are not particularly proud of. You are right to think about how you would present your situation in an interview. Since I do not know all the details of your stories, my comments will be general.

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