For anyone with a criminal record, finding and maintaining employment is the first step toward successfully re-entering society. Studies show that when former criminals are able to find work once released from jail or prison, they are less likely to wind up back in prison. 1 However, finding a job can be extremely difficult, as many employers discriminate in their hiring practices against those with criminal records.
The process of finding a job is even harder if you have been convicted of a sex-related crime. While California law prohibits the use of sex offender registries in employment decisions and practices, the ability to check online offender lists continues to create employment barriers. 2
Finding a job as a sex offender can be difficult, but it would be easier if you know where to look. These tips could help you find employment if you are a registered sex offender.
Check Industries That Don’t Involve Working around Children
Generally, if you are on parole or probation, you should always abide by the conditions of your parole. There also may be certain jobs you can’t be hired for depending on the circumstances of your conviction. If your offense was committed against a victim 16 years old or younger, California law prohibits you from working with minors in an unaccompanied setting. 3 Regardless of the age of the victim in your case, you must notify an employer of your status as a sex offender if you will be working with minors. 4
It is best to apply for a job where you will not be working around minors. Some industries you should look into include:
- Building trades
- Animal shelters
- Automotive services
- Manufacturing, and
- Trucking 5
Work with Professionals
Restrictions on internet use and parole requirements can make filling out applications difficult. 6 Working with a sex offender therapist to draft plans to present to your parole officer can help you navigate these areas. Documenting a plan detailing issues that might arise when you leave your house can go a long way in assuring your parole officer that you are ready for an expanded set of travel privileges. 7
Government-funded temporary work agencies may be able to help you apply for jobs online even if you have internet restrictions. But the question remains: where specifically should you look for work?
Find Companies with a History of Hiring Sex Offenders
There are ways to make your search for employment a little easier. The first is to network. This may seem counter-intuitive, but networking with other sex offenders can be a good resource for finding businesses that are willing to hire you. 8
Another way to network is to do so online. Some websites and resources ask sex offenders to share their experiences with employers. 9 Companies like CareerOneStop can also help direct you to state services that aid in finding employment for people with criminal records. 10
Some companies that have offered jobs to those with criminal records include:
- Ace Hardware
- Avis Rent-a-Car
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Best Western
- General Electric
- General Mills
- Home Depot 11
Finally, there are steps you can take to make yourself more attractive to potential employers. The Federal Bonding Program provides insurance coverage to employers against potential losses from hiring high-risk employees. 12 Informing employers during interviews that you are eligible for bonding and that they are potentially eligible for tax benefits if they hire you can help alleviate some of the anxiety employers may feel about giving you a job.
Obtain Relief from Sex Offender Registration
Depending on the circumstances of your conviction, you may be eligible to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation or California Governor’s Pardon. A Certificate of Rehabilitation will not erase your criminal conviction from your record, but it is an official document that could show potential employers that you have reformed since your conviction.
In addition, obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation or Governor’s Pardon could be the first step to ending your requirement to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Call Wallin & Klarich to Find Out if You are Eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation
If you wish to find out if you are eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a Governor’s Pardon, you need to speak to an experienced post-conviction attorney at Wallin & Klarich. Our skilled criminal defense lawyers may be able to help you reduce the consequences of your sex crime conviction so you can find a job and be removed from the sex offender registry. We have been successfully helping our clients obtain post-conviction relief for over 30 years. Let us help you now.
With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, our experienced sex crimes attorneys can help you no matter your location.
Call us at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free telephone consultation. We will be there when you call.