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I have a criminal record and I wonder if that will affect my chances of getting a job

At http://www.wa.gov/esd/oes/ WorkSource has a very good website that will answer many - maybe all - of your questions including how to talk about your arrests and convictions as well as what you have to tell an employer about your record and what you don't. Some questions are considered discriminatory and an employer is not supposed ask them during an interview. The site also can tell you how you can be bonded at no cost to your employer and how your employer can get a tax credit for hiring you.

Through this site you can connect to other site that will tell you how to get your driver's license reinstated, how to have your rights restored, and how your criminal record sealed or cleared.

Offenders hear a lot of discouraging stories about getting back to work after being in prison. Some of those stories are myths while others are exaggerated. You can read about some of these myths at: http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/documents/0000/1090/REENTRY_MYTHBUSTERS.pdf

Another article entitled "How to conduct a job search with a criminal record" can be found at:
The article doesn't contain a lot of information but there is a blog from people who have had criminal records.

The website at http://www.xamire.com/felony-friendly/washington has a very brief listing of businesses known to be willing to hire felons.

At http://www.wa.gov/esd/oes/services people have criminal records can find a number of resources that will help them obtain employment including bonding programs for people who cannot be bonded by their employers, tax incentives for employers, and advice on looking for a job.

The National Employment Law Project has information on the employment rights of people who have arrest and other criminal records at http://www.nelp.org/index.php/content/content_issues/category/criminal_records_and_employment

The ACLU of Washington has created a book for poeple seeking employemnt who have criminal arrest or conviction reocrds at https://aclu-wa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/SC_EMPLOY_GUIDE_032013.pdf

The Federal government has a bonding program that provides bonds for people with criminal records who can't get bonded through their employers. Information about this program can be found at http://www.bondsf4jobs.com/program-background.html


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