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How to Find a Job While on Probation

author image Genevieve Jackson
Genevieve Jackson has written for "10th Life" and "Double A Beauty" since 2005. She is an entrepreneur with experience in risk management. She also engages in motivational speaking for entrepreneurs. Jackson received a bachelor's degree in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
How to Find a Job While on Probation
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Employers may require disclosure of criminal history at the time of job application. Probation will not exclude you as a suitable candidate for all jobs. However, lying about your probation status may disqualify you from employment consideration. Increase your chances of getting hired by identifying job opportunities through honest disclosure and perseverance.

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Step 1

Write a letter explaining your probation status and changes made to your outlook on criminal activity. If asked, disclose your probation status to your potential employer. Include the letter with your employment application.

Step 2

Discuss potential job openings with your probation officer. He may give you leads on employers who are willing to hire employees with a criminal history.

Step 3

Volunteer in your community. Ask the organization that you are volunteering with to consider hiring you for future job openings.

Step 4

Start your own business. Contrast your skill set with business opportunities with low or no start-up costs.

Step 5

Ask a friend or family member to refer you for a job at their company. A reliable recommendation may trump any concerns about your probation status.

Step 6

Apply for employment with a company that participates in the federal bonding program. The US Department of Labor established the program to assist with job placement for hard to place employees.

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