In 2004, I got convicted of possession of drugs. I want to work in a doctor’s office as a Medical Assistant. Would I be wasting my time going to school for this? I don’t want to put out the money and won’t be able to get a job. What do you think about this?
The great thing is that doctors are free to hire anyone they choose just like any other other business. The only question is, does the field you choose require any licensing or certification. My suggestion is to speak to the placement office of the school you are looking into. These career schools usually have placement departments that help their students secure employment after graduation. They would be able to answer the license question for you. If you do not need a license, you simply have to find a doctor who will overlook your conviction.
Whenever you speak to employers, always mention that you can be bonded. Being able to be bonded may make being a felon less of an issue. You can find out more about Federal Bonds for ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs. You can find more about the Federal Bonding Program here:
Are you an ex-offender or felon who has a question about finding a job with a criminal record? I have been helping ex-offenders and felons get jobs for over ten years and I feel I have an understanding of what works. I will be updating this blog often. I will answer specific questions relating to getting a job with a criminal record on this blog so feel free to send me your questions. The right information could help felons get jobs. You could have your question answered right here. Email your question to: BelievePublications@comcast.net.
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My Husband has a felony and two DUIs. The last DUI was in 2010. He is having a terrible time finding a job. Our bills are backed up and and he is feeling really bad about it. I don’t know which is worse, the felony or the DUIs. Are there any companies that you know of that don’t do background checks? If he just catch one break, I believe he will be ok.
One fact is, your husband’s record isn’t going to go away. Another fact is there are very few companies that do not do background checks. My suggestion is to try smaller perhaps family owned businesses. Background checks are expensive and smaller companies are less apt to spend the money for them.
The suggestion I make to all ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs is to go to the local One-stop Career Center. Your husband can get one-on-one assistance with his job search from trained counselors and have access to many other job search resources. The local One-stop also lists of open jobs in your area. The counselors often are familiar with employers who hire ex-offenders and felons.
My final suggestion is to contact your local United Way office. The United Way supports many community organizations and service. You can find out if there are resources that aid recovering alcoholics and felons. Often these resources include job assistance. The United Way can probably guide you to other services that help struggling families.
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Hello I’m 26 years old I was adjudged guilty in Florida of a felony in 2007 of child neglect at that time i was 19 or 20 and what happened was a mistake right now its very hard with finding jobs I have graduated from University of South Florida with my bachelors degree in criminology and I also have my associates degree with both I have graduated with honors. I plan on going back for my Masters right now I feel like I have wasted my time going to school. But the question I have for you. Can I have my case reopened to have adjudication withheld or should I just wait right now I am absolutely clueless on what to do ….please help
First of all, I know of felons with far worse convictions than yours who have professional careers. As I suggest to every ex-offender or felon looking for a job, apply for every job you feel you are qualified for. Do not assume that because you have a felon you will not be hired. The main concern you have if your chosen profession requires any licensing or certification. Your conviction may affect your eligibility for licensing.
The second part of your question is of a legal nature. I am not a legal professional so I will not attempt to answer it. I suggest you seek legal counsel with an attorney who has knowledge of the statutes in Florida. Your first stop should be your local legal aid office. You could possibly get low cost or even no cost assistance or at least advice about your legal situation. You can find you local legal aid office in the telephone directory.
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I ordered your book for my son who will be coming home in a few weeks. He is 29 now and has been getting into trouble since he was 14. I hope that he is finished with all of that mess. He promised me this was his last time. I am just so tired of the whole thing and I hope he is too.
I read the book before I sent it to him. I was surprised by all the good information. I have been on the internet everyday since I heard he was coming home trying to find information that will help him when he comes home. I found a lot of good things but your book really gives me hope. Do you have any advice for me as a mom that wants her son to do better? The day I gave birth to him, I wanted so much more than this. I want to help him so much. Thanks for reading this email.
God Bless you!
Thank you for your kind words. There is no love like a mother’s love. There is no hope like a mother’s hope. My book outline a plan. Help him stick to it. I meet so many ex-offenders and felons who tell me they want jobs and they want better lives. The truth is, they have handicapped themselves a bit by having criminal records. An ex felonwill have to work harder than anyone to make things happen.
You are a good mom but you cannot do anything for him. He has to pick himself up and do what has to be done. No one can do it but him.
You can help him by encouraging him to make the most of his time. He can’t expect to sit at home playing video games and expecting something to happen. Ever hour wasted, is opportunity wasted. Encourage him to associate with positive people. There are some people who are simply bad for us to be around. The more time he spends with negative folks that have bad habits, the greater the chance of negativity rubbing off on him. My mom used to tell me, “You don’t need friends like that, you can bad by yourself!”
Finally, as my book states, encourage him to set goals and stick to them. If his goal is to get dressed and out of the house everyday by a certain time, he has to do it. If he has goals of getting three job leads everyday, he should get three per day. Finally, encourage him to stay positive. If he doesn’t get a job right away, he may get a little discouraged. Don’t let that happen. Remind him that good things come to those who have patience through hard work.
Once again Nelly, thank you for your kind words. If he sticks to the things in the book, he will be fine. Contact me any anytime.
Are you a felon or ex-offender who has a question about finding a job with a criminal record? You could have your question answered right here. Email your question to: BelievePublications@comcast.net.
If you are really serious about getting a job or you want to help someone you care about get a job, check out this link: From Jail to a Job
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