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This guide presents DPL's resources for job-related skills, as well as provides links to job opportunities within the Quad-Cities.
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Ex-Offender Help Print Page

Books to Help You Get Started


Ex-Offenders Finding Jobs

Are you an ex-offender looking for a job or do you know an ex-offender looking for a job? Check out this page.

If you're looking for a list of employers that hire ex-offenders, unfortunately such a list does not exist, BUT Career One-Stop has put together some helpful tips about finding employers who do hire ex-offenders. Check out their page Who hires Ex-offenders?

Worried about how to talk about your conviction when applying for a job? There are many resources available that offer suggestions on how to talk about this. One of these can be found at Career One-Stop's section called Your Conviction.

Also be sure to check out the Home page of this guide for more information about what websites to look at to find jobs. Resumes & Cover Letters page includes specific information on how to create either of those and the Tips for the Interview page will help you figure out how to approach any interview situation.

Helpful Websites

  • Employment Ex-Offender Handbook
    This 2011 edition by the Federal Bureau of Prisons goes through any possible question that ex-offenders could have about transitioning back into society.
  • Ex-Con Employment: Advice!
    This article lists advice for ex-offenders to help them with everything from filling out applications, writing a resume, and answering interview questions.
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
    This list of resources put together by BOP to help ex-offenders once they are released from prison and are back in the community.
  • Jobs for Felons
    This website has felon friendly employers list with links to each of their specific websites.
  • National HIRE Network
    Help for ex-offenders is broken into different states with this specific website leading you to resources available in Iowa to help ex-offenders find jobs.
  • Resources for Ex-Offenders
    Career One-Stop has compiled a list of resources to help ex-offenders find jobs.
  • Resources for Felons
    There are a number of resources gathered here to help ex-offenders with everything from their job search to looking for housing to legal help.
  • Rily Guide Ex-Offenders Resources
    The Riley Guide gathers together a list of resources to help ex-offenders transition back into the workforce.
  • Safer Foundation in the Quad Cities
    The Safer Foundation offers two youth education program centers and one employment services center in the Quad Cities designed to help provide people with criminal records the necessary assessment and job training skills that they need to help them find employment.
  • Talking about your Conviction
    This website gives helpful hints about how to talk about your conviction.
  • Tips for People with Criminal Histories
    Iowa Workforce Development has put together a list of tips for people with criminal histories to look at as they are going through the application and interview process.
  • Urban Dreams
    Urban Dreams, located in Des Moines, IA, offers job help as well as rehabilitation and re-entry help for ex-offenders.
  • Well who hires ex-offenders?
    While there is no list of resources for employers that hire ex-offenders, Career One-Stop does have a list that talks about how to approach employers to see if they do.

Books to Help You Get Started

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The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide - Ron Krannich; Caryl Krannich
ISBN: 1570232369
Publication Date: 2005-04-19

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The Ex-Offender's 30/30 Job Solution - Neil McNulty
ISBN: 9781570232879
Publication Date: 2009-06-16


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