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slimjim in Atlanta, Georgia

66 months ago

one thing that we all have to remember is that at this time we felons are not the only ones that are out of work or even cant find a job. my brother who has never been in any kind of trouble and has a degree has not been able to find a job in 18 months. right now its the sign of the times

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rickitikkitimbo in Portland, Oregon

66 months ago

Ccelaine25@aol.com said: I feel you. I have an AA, Liberal Arts, BA in Psychology, and I am currently working on my Master of Science in Couseling. I was just talking with one of friends today, and she said I don't why why you are getting all these degrees, you can't use because of your felony. Wel, after i complete my Master' Degree, I can sign a waiver in the mental health field. I am an older student, but i look much younger, and I am in pretty good health, so I will just have to manage to get by. I can also open my own Counseling firm. I will have the skills to do what I want, they can't stop us if we get skills needed to become self employed. But that's what we need to do, become educated and get our businesses up and running and help employ others. Yes, I feel bad from time to time, but as I told my friend today, one of these days God will open up the flood gates for me. I am not living a criminal life, and I just caught being at the wrong place at the wrong time, when I got charged with a felony. I still go and fill out job applications, and I no longer get upset, when I don't get the job, because I'm now used to rejection. I also used to be a Substitute teacher, and very good at it, but those are the breaks. And a couple of places have hired me for mental health postions, the jobs just didn't work out, do to personality conflicts with other employees.
Hold out don't give up, help is on the way, and we must believe it.
Charlote Henry

You have the worst spelling and grammatical error of any felon I have ever seen. Do colleges out there pass anybody?

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lakonda in Snellville, Georgia

66 months ago

So how long did it take for you to get your job?

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lakonda in Snellville, Georgia

66 months ago

Lady in Mcdonough, Georgia said: Im a single mother of 3, and i have a felony on my background. The felony on my background is 15yrs.old and Im still out of work. Every were i go it No! because of my record, I have been crime free for a long time. One temp job i was on i worked that job for a 1 year an 3months a that fired me because of my background, and they knew about my background. Here in Georgia, they can firer you with no reason at all. I am now attending college studing Medical Administative, I hoping of landing a job with a small business Doctor's office. Next year I'm going to try and get pardon from the State of Georgia, i hope that work. So, maybe someone can try that. Good Luck..Lady

Make sure you look into an externship for yourself before the school places you, also make sure that the school is accredited.

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slimjim in Atlanta, Georgia

66 months ago

lakonda in Snellville, Georgia said: So how long did it take for you to get your job?

After putting out about 100 resumes about 4 months. But it was not easy and I kept my faith in my higher power, but the thing we have to remember we are no ones first choice and we have to sell ourself twice as hard and be just as good. Also join some of the networking groups believe me they work

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Charlotte Henry in Poteau, Oklahoma

66 months ago

Comment on the worst grammer, this site does not have spell check. Sometimes, people do make typo errors, while they are typing, late at night. So, let's not insult others, without getting the facts straight. You sound like a criminal when you make rude insults. Work on changing your negative attitude, and I will be careful with my grammatical errors.

C Henry

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Adogzheart in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

66 months ago

I have posted a bunch of videos on youtube that can help ex-offenders get jobs. You can check them out here.

www.youtube.com/user/adogzheart

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lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

66 months ago

Received a felony conviction in 1992. Not so much as a speeding ticket since. I worked for a fortune 500 company ever since. Got laid off in 2006 and have not had a permenent job since. Nothing will get us past the lable of felon. I did get two temp jobs, but after they ran a background check I was let go.

I have searched and searched and there is no real help. The EEOC has made some very good suggestions and recommendations; however they have not made a felon a protected class.

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Ccelaine25@aol.com

66 months ago

04/30/2009

A few persons are currently posting negative comments on this site.
Negativity, will not help to solve our dilemma, negative thinking serves only to sabotage positive, creative energy. The economy is bad for Americans everywhere, right now. We cannot blame others for the bad choices, some of us have made. Let's try and concentrate on a better future, because situations can change anytime. Learn a useful skill, or trade that is highly marketable; higher education is the key to success.

Ccelaine25@aol.com

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lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Ccelaine25,

You are correct with regards to Learning new skill and higher education; these things will help.

However it still dose nothing to get us past the label of felon.

I have a degree in business administration; I have 20 years of verifiable employment history. I have worked for major companies, I have excellent references and I have a felony.

The rules changed when the Fair Credit Report Act was changed to allow the reporting of criminal history to life time. Before, by law it was 7 years.

I’m being turned down jobs for a 17 year old misstate. But a least I had a career before background checks became so prevalent.

I can’t imagine what its like to be in your 20’s with this terrible scarlet letter.

God help us all.

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kendall08 in Virginia Beach, Virginia

65 months ago

cooley47 in Virginia Beach, Virginia said: technically its against the law for a felon to be around another felon..
Its sad that people make a mistake and pay for it the rest of there lives..
second chances don't exsist to 98% of employers...

you are so right, i've been in virginia beach for 5 months and can't find a job anywhere!!!!!!!! not even at Ross my felony was not violent and it was 17 yrs ago haven't been in any more trouble whats next?

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Sherri in Atlanta, Georgia

65 months ago

Try T.J Maxx they dont do a background check

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kendall08 in Virginia Beach, Virginia

65 months ago

Sherri in Atlanta, Georgia said: Try T.J Maxx they dont do a background check

Thanks a million will go on line and do that now!

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Sherri in Atlanta, Georgia

65 months ago

You can apply to T.J Maxx and Marshall(they are owned by the same people) online but it is best if you go into the store to apply and ask to speak with the manager. If they are not available keep calling to follow up on your application. Do not be picky about the shift basically say you are available to work all shifts and you will get hired if they are hiring. Also be prepared to answer real interview questions like why do you want to work here? Tell me about a stressful situation at work and how did you handle it? etc. The pay sucks (minimum wage) but just use it as a stepping stone for bigger and better things. Also try Staples-they will do a background check but they take each situation into consideration. Just be honest. Also try Red Lobster, Applebees, Chilis, O'Charleys and some of the fine dining restaurants. Depending on the location the tips can be awesome. Good Luck

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Valerie in Lawrenceville, Georgia

65 months ago

I have been out of prison for a bit over 2 yrs. now and I have had an awful time trying to find employment. Even Goodwill, whos whole mission is putting people to work, wouldnt hire me because of my record. I just thank God I do not have a family that is dependant upon me. Presently I am attending college full time and this satisfies most of my financial woes as I get financial aid and student loans. I realize the loans will have to get paid back at some point but I am not going to worry about that right now as I need to survive. I pray to God I will be given a break when I am finished with my studies. This blog hasnt given me much hope of that but I do believe its who you know that will be of most benefit when it comes to landing a job. My best recommendation to anyone just getting out of prison is to take the school route as well.

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Brother in Atlanta, Georgia

65 months ago

momat King in Austell, Georgia said: I came across this site by accident or divine intervention, I'm not sure, but I read some of the comments of how hard its been for those with felonies to find work. Although I don't have a felony, I understand the hardship. You see I do have family members who have felony records and I understand the difficulty with being hired. I know you have heard this a housand times, "hold on." and "one day things will be better" Right. Well, they will be, but you must continue to hold on, and not just hope, but know, feel, believe things are going to get better.

No, I don't have a job for you, not even a lead. What I have is a word of encouragement. I will tell you not to give up, many of you have returned to school that's wonderful don't stop. Continue to put in application after application and while you are filling out that application pray over it, over yourself, over the person that receives it, and the one who reviews it. Pray, remember prayer can moves mountains.

One more thing, as I read some of the comments my throughts were, why don't you all come togather and form your own company?
began networking, you all have skills and abilities that, when put togather could possibly be a blessing to all.

Think and Pray about it.

STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU HOW A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WITHOUT MONEY OR CREDIBILITY CAN FORM A COMPANY. DO YOU REALIZE HOW THAT SOUNDS EVEN TO A NOVICE?

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Hank in Glendale, California

65 months ago

I am an ex-offender (someone off of probation or parole)and have been out for almost fifteen years. I have always worked since then, but it started with volunteering at a nonprofit agency when I was still in a work furlough program. I have a long arrest history, two prison terms and two violations in between. My volunteering led to my career. I now work as a Job Developer and Workshop Prsenter for Parolees and others with criminal backgrounds. The whole trick is to turn your thinking around. Blaming others for your situation is just like blaming your mother for something you did as an adult. It's foolish and sets you back, while wasting time and energy in your life.

First off, you have to stop using it as a reason why things won't work for you. Then you have to understand that people don't have to take rsisk with people who have, like I had at that time, made themselves a risk to society for any reason.

Then you have to do serious leg work. Not just the kind the majority of ex-offenders and ex-addicts usually do, which is mostly half-assed, half the week. A 40 hour job requires a forty hour job search and nothing less.

Then you have to have a resume that includes you prison job, so your resume does not show a big gap in employment. I was at prsion in California that had one official name, but another which it was normally called, so I used a slight variation of that and made it look like a regualr job, which did not leave a gap and looked good to prospective employers.

Then I had a mental "script" of what to say about my background when it came up, and it always will since anyone can do a background check cheap, which goes something like this:

"I have made some mistakes in the past, related to a substance abuse problem I had some time back, but since that time I have re-united with my family, volunteered at the church I attend every week as well as at "XXXXXX" a local non-profit organization. I also attend NA every week and went back to school....

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Hank in Glendale, California

65 months ago

I have worked in the filed of re-entry and am a re-entry specialist, working as a Job Developer in LA, where jobs are really few and the number of ex-offenders is really higher than most places in the country.

Ex-offenders get work using the things I tell them. Employers (really nobody) wants to hear about your problems, but the majority of employers don't even have a formal policy about hiring us. They usually have the person sitting across from you in an interview as that decision maker.

People have done things they never should have done and have had to be placed outside of regualr society (in prison). To get started you have to begin to volunteer, which the good guys do and the bad guys don't. It changes the world's image of you. Every ex-offender I know, who is making really well now, started by being a volunteer. Many worked it into a career, like I did.

You have to go to church and AA/NA where they see you doing something good and let them all know you need a job. 100 people knowing is better than just you. You have to know how to use a computer for almost every job, so get that skill. You also need to know how to fill out an application, so it matches your resume and your talk in interviews. Get serious about interview skills and take some related workshops.
This seems like it takes a while, but I do workshops and my people get results. These are things I wish people had told me back before I got out, but here they are for you now.

The biggest thing facing ex-offenders is usually themsleves,as many people are willing to help someone, or there would be no charities dealing with this issue and there are hundreds around the nation. Look for them in your area, churches, too. MNA and AA have many in their rooms, who are very willing to help, but you have to go there and get serious about ataying out, staying clean and sober, etc. Including the work you put into your new life. If it was dope, you'd be all over it 24/7. But not about work.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

I wish it was a easy as you make it. There are a lot of new laws with regard to employment in the last 15 years. For most states you have to pass a background check to just to volunteer.

There are plenty of people here who never spent a day in jail, who have years of verifiable work history, have wonderful résumé’s and who have been employed for years since their convictions but now with background checks and as soon as we put yes for a convection on a job application we are denied employment.

The things you suggest are for newly released offenders with no education or work skill. What type of jobs do you get for these people; most likely minim wage jobs.

Please don’t get me wrong, I think what you are doing is wonderful and you have helped many lives; but for the majority of us employers will not give us a second chance.

My conviction was in 1992; 17 years ago and I’m still being denied for jobs. I’ve never got so much as a speeding ticket since. I have years of experience in my field got laid off in 2006 and I have not had a job in 3 years.

Until there are new laws that limit how far a background check can go, we will have lifetime sentences for our crimes.

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David in Garland, Texas

65 months ago

Hang in there, There's a better day comming don't and never give up hope. Am there also and I do a little of this and a little of that. We have to keep going in CHRIST.

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Hank in Glendale, California

65 months ago

Your attitude seems to be what is holding you back. I volunteered and worked with youth, seniors, mentally ill, etc.

I have 1989 and 1993 convictions. Have worked almost the whole time. Which started by volunteering and, like my father told me, I stopped kisking myself. It was easy, except for the hard work.

As far as no job skills and no education, what type of job do you think that person will get. Minimum wage is to ensure that even those people can make enough not to starve to death, not for cigarettes, etc. What kind of job do you think that person could get.

We place ourselves in the situation of no skills or education. We have the chance to change those things, but we have to be the starters and effort makers and then others will follow by giving us better opportunities as we progess. That is what happened in my case and the case of every ex-offender I know. It takes daily hard work, either searching for a job or working at the job.

We screwed ourselves and the world will get over it once we do. This is not just my opinion, it is what I have learned to be true after working with almost 11,000 adult and juvenile ex-offenders (about 10,000) over the last fifteen years.

The ones that make it the best are the ones who put in the most effort and make the greatest changes in their live.

The formula is simple: Church (a temple of one's religion/any)on Sunday, work on Monday, work on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and Friday, then family on Saturday, then Church on Sunday again, week after week, month after month, year after year. That is the same formula all over America for all kinds of people. It is wat made tha nation great and it will work for you, too.

Get you advice from those who have overcomethe problem, not from those who have not.

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Carl in Arlington, Texas

65 months ago

Is it possible that you could start a business of your own - something that doesn't require an interview or a resume?

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Brother Hank,

By state law in NJ you must pass a background check to work with youth, seniors, mentally ill, etc. Trust me my attitude is not what's holding me back, it's the label of felon. Like you I have worked everyday since 1992. I have a degree in Business Administration, I have wonderful work experience and every job states that you must pass a background check. I've aced a many interviews. I’ve filled out 100’s of applications, I have all the things that you are trying to teach people. How many ex-offenders have you placed in fortune 500 companies?

“We screwed ourselves and the world will get over it once we do”

I’m sorry, but I totally disagree with that statement. Years ago I would agree with you but in today’s world no, with background checks now lifetime with regards to convictions, we now have felon employment disenfranchisement.

My problem is how does one go from an accountant to a janitor. From 50,000 to 7.75 an hour. 7.75 X 40= 310.00 Who can live off of that.

Am I wrong to want more than minimum wage at 49? Am I wrong because I want to make a living wage?

Please keep doing what you are doing. I’m sure you helped plenty of people; your optimist attitude helps many, however like every post on this form, the label of felon makes our lives hell.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Brother David,

Thank you for your well wishes. If it were not for my faith in Christ I would have offed myself years ago.

I know my attitude is poor right now and with the employment situation in America right now everybody is feeling the pinch. Hopefully the future will bring us blessings.

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David -hiyh7777@yahoo.com in Garland, Texas

65 months ago

Hey, whats your e-mail. I may not be the one who helps you find a job but we can pray if you would like to. Sometimes prayer is the best thing. I've been there.

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David in Garland, Texas

65 months ago

Hello there Bro. What is your E-mail. I may can't help you find a job but we can pray about it, sometimes prayer is the best thing. I've been there. Keep running the race. hiyh7777@yahoo.com

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recon7 in Plainfield, Illinois

65 months ago

can a person with a violent felony class X in illinois work in the psychology/social work field

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Kenneth in Midlothian, Virginia

65 months ago

We need a call to action rally in Washington DC and your state capital.

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Kay in Newport News, Virginia

65 months ago

I'm confused about the time a criminal background check can go. Some posts say 7 years, some say there is no limit. Does it matter in which state you live? I've spent the past two years doing all I was told to do - took any job for the sake of having employment, went back to school, (I was a teacher, I'm close to 50 and just starting over), continue to send out resumes, continue to pray and I continue to get rejections for any job that is somewhat professional. I'm now a Paralegal, and I've had several interviews. Nothing develops. I'm honest about the felony, or I just don't tell if they don't ask, and I'm just about ready to give up. It's sad - a lot of skill and talent is being wasted by automatically rejecting folks with a criminal record.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Dear Kay,

I believe it was 1998 that the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) was changed with regards to time limits on reporting convictions. It used to be 7 years, now it is life time.

www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/031224fcra.pdf

§ 605. Requirements relating to information contained in consumer reports [15

U.S.C. §1681c]
(a) Information excluded from consumer reports. Except as authorized under subsection
(b) of this section, no consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report
containing any of the following items of information:

(1) Cases under title 11 [United States Code] or under the Bankruptcy Act that, from
the date of entry of the order for relief or the date of adjudication, as the case may
be, antedate the report by more than 10 years.

(2) Civil suits, civil judgments, and records of arrest that from date of entry, antedate
the report by more than seven years or until the governing statute of limitations
has expired, whichever is the longer period.

(3) Paid tax liens which, from date of payment, antedate the report by more than
seven years.

(4) Accounts placed for collection or charged to profit and loss which antedate the
report by more than seven years.2

(5) Any other adverse item of information, other than records of convictions of crimes which antedates the report by more than seven years.

If the company runs its own there are no limitations on how far they can go back or what they can use.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

There are 12 States that lime the background check to 7 years, however in most of them; if you make more than $20,000, the 7 year rules does not apply, what this says is you can work at McDonalds but now where else

STATES WITH SEVEN YEAR LIMITATIONS

California: CA Civil Code (Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act) 1785.13.6 – Conviction No consumer credit reporting agency shall make any consumer credit report containing any of the following items of information (6) Records of arrest, indictment, information, misdemeanor complaint, or conviction of a crime that, from the date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years. These items of information shall no longer be reported if at any time it is learned that in the case of a conviction a full pardon has been granted, or in the case of an arrest, indictment, information or misdemeanor complaint a conviction did not result.

Colorado: CRS 12-14-.3-105.3 (1)(e) – Reporting of information prohibited No consumer reporting agency shall make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (e) Records of arrest, indictment or conviction of a crime that, from the date of disposition, release, or parole, predate the report by more than seven years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $75,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

Kansas: KS Chapter 50 Article 7 – Fair Credit Reporting - Obsolete Information:
Except as authorized under subsection (b) of this section, no consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (5) records of arrest, indictment, or conviction of crime which, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven (7) years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $20,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Maryland: Code of Maryland §14-1203 (a) (5) - Reporting of obsolete information prohibited:(a)Prohibited items of information – Except as authorized under subsection (b) of this section, no consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (5) Records of arrest, indictment, or conviction of crime which, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $20,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

Massachusetts: M.G.L. Chapter 93, Section 52 – Information not to be contained in report; exceptions:
Except as authorized under subsection (b) no consumer reporting agency shall make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (5) Records of arrest, indictment, or conviction of crime which, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $20,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

Montana: Montana Code Annotated 2005 31-3-112 – Obsolete information:
No consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (5) records of arrest, indictment, or conviction of crime which, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than 7 years; (6) any other adverse item of information which antedates the report by more than 7 years.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Nevada: Nevada Revised Statutes 2005 598C.150 (2) – Purging of information from files of reporting agency; disclosure of purged information. A reporting agency shall periodically purge from its files and after purging shall not disclose: (2) Except as otherwise provided by a specific statute, any other civil judgment, a report of criminal proceedings, or other adverse information which precedes the repot by more than 7 years.

New Hampshire: HRS 359-B:5 - Obsolete Information
I. Except as authorized under paragraph II, no consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (e) Records of arrest, indictment, or conviction of crime which from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than 7 years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $20,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

New Mexico: New Mexico Statute Chapter 56-3-6 – Report information; limitations:
A credit bureau may report the following matters for no longer than the specified periods: (5) arrests and indictments pending trial, or convictions of crimes for not longer than seven years from date of release or parole. Such items shall no longer be reported if at any time it learned that after a conviction a full pardon has been granted, or after an arrest or indictment a conviction did not result; and (6) any other data not otherwise specified in this section, for not longer than seven years.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

New York: New York State Consolidated Laws Article 25 Section 380-j – Prohibited Information:
Prohibited information. (a) No consumer reporting agency shall report or maintain in the file on a consumer, information: (1) relative to an arrest or a criminal charge unless there has been a criminal conviction for such offense, or unless such charges are still pending. (f) (1) Except as authorized under paragraph two of this subdivision, no consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information. (V) records of conviction of crime which, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years.

Texas: Business & Commerce Code – Chapter 20 § 20.05 – Reporting of information Prohibited. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a consumer reporting agency may not furnish a consumer report containing information related to: (4) a record of arrest, indictment, or conviction of a crime in which the date of disposition, release, or parole predates the consumer report by more than seven years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $75,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

Washington: RCW 19.182.040 – Consumer report – Prohibited information – Exceptions:
Except as authorized under subsection (2) of this section, no consumer reporting agency may make a consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (e) Records of arrest, indictment, or conviction of crime that, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $20,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

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oldiebutgoodiegirl in Marion, Iowa

65 months ago

Check your state and see if the employers get a tax credit state and federal for hiring felons. Do a search for "tax credit for hiring felons"
Also check on the Bonding a felon FIDELITY BONDING, Check out this site www.bonds4jobs.com/index.html
. Call your local unemployment office and see if they offer job fair for felons, This is where companies that will hire someone with a record come into that job fair, and only companies willing to give a Second Chance can attend.
Also wfor those who are not convicted felon but have misdemeanors. Write your local state reps as the Second Chance is a federal law for felons only. Try to get a state law passed.
I have now record of any kind but am working to have State laws changed in Iowa.
Good luck to all of you..

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Kay in Newport News, Virginia

65 months ago

Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey said: New York: New York State Consolidated Laws Article 25 Section 380-j – Prohibited Information:
Prohibited information. (a) No consumer reporting agency shall report or maintain in the file on a consumer, information: (1) relative to an arrest or a criminal charge unless there has been a criminal conviction for such offense, or unless such charges are still pending. (f) (1) Except as authorized under paragraph two of this subdivision, no consumer reporting agency may make any consumer report containing any of the following items of information. (V) records of conviction of crime which, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years.

Texas: Business & Commerce Code – Chapter 20 § 20.05 – Reporting of information Prohibited. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a consumer reporting agency may not furnish a consumer report containing information related to: (4) a record of arrest, indictment, or conviction of a crime in which the date of disposition, release, or parole predates the consumer report by more than seven years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $75,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

Washington: RCW 19.182.040 – Consumer report – Prohibited information – Exceptions:
Except as authorized under subsection (2) of this section, no consumer reporting agency may make a consumer report containing any of the following items of information: (e) Records of arrest, indictment, or conviction of crime that, from date of disposition, release, or parole, antedate the report by more than seven years. Exception: If the salary of an individual equals or is reasonable expected to equal $20,000 or more, the 7-year restriction does not apply.

Thanks for the info. And, even McDonalds didn't want to consider me. Jobs that pay minimal wages look at my resume and wonder what I'm doing there.

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David in Garland, Texas

65 months ago

Thank you for all you're doing, May and GOD will blessed you.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Dear oldiebutgoodiegirl,

This will certainly help. Currently you cannot get a Federal conviction expunged and this will help.

However you can only have one conviction. You can’t have any misdemeanors or any other convictions. The high school diploma is a good idea but will certainly hold a lot of people back. The one year of community service will certainly be a hindrance but this will certainly help if passed.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Dear Kay,

We are in the same boat, if you read my early posts you will see that I have years of work history with fortune 500 companies, education and have been turned down for every job in the last 3 years.

My mother told me yesterday to go to McDonalds, I told her once they see my resume’ they are going to laugh me out of the place.

I am at my wits end and have lost hope. No hope for a future and a life. I am miserable and I’ve gained over 30 pounds. I have no answers.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Dear David,

As always, thanks for your prayers

Blessings

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oldiebutgoodiegirl in Marion, Iowa

65 months ago

Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey said: Dear oldiebutgoodiegirl,

This will certainly help. Currently you cannot get a Federal conviction expunged and this will help.

However you can only have one conviction. You can’t have any misdemeanors or any other convictions. The high school diploma is a good idea but will certainly hold a lot of people back. The one year of community service will certainly be a hindrance but this will certainly help if passed.

I am glad this information was helpful. If you are not a felon but have misdemeanor charges and want the Second Chance Act to work for all non violent crimes not just felony, You can write your Governor, your Attorney General, your local state reps.

High school dipolma can also be a GED.
When searching info on the Second Chance Act make sure you are looking at H.R. 1529 as the the H.R 623 did not pass.
We need to somehow try to get the two of merged together has the 623 offers more added benefits..

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FRedlinWetworksEntertainment in Orange, California

65 months ago

You know, the one thing I find almost funny is that there is a lot of moaning about no one being willing to hire any of you, and yet, I have posted information on a REAL job with REAL life changing potential here on this thread a few times, and have only had one inquiry about the position. So let me throw a few things out there, and see if they resonate with any of you...

You made a mistake at some point in your life. You served your time with the mindset you were never going to do anything that stupid again, and you stuck to it. You got out of prison and realized that even with your new resolve that society was not as quick to forgive you as you were to straighten your life out. Countless rejections have you beating up on yourself, feeding the story you were probably telling yourself BEFORE you broke the law that you were not worthy of getting the life you deserve through accomplishment and hard work. Now you are continuing that self-defeating prophecy that you will never amount to anything, and the sense of entitlement that someone owes you something. Well long story short, if I hit the nail on the head, you are wrong on both counts, no one owes you anything, and more importantly, you ARE worthy of success and a decent life beyond your mistakes.

Look, let me give you a little background on who I was, who I am, and who I strive to be. I was a bitter angry kid growing up, and I broke MORE than a few laws along the way, got in some SERIOUS trouble for it. I spent two years locked up and another year and a half in and out of jail because I knew it all, I was picked on, and the world owed me something. But something changed one day because someone believed in me enough to give me an opportunity, and I ran with it. Since then I have been the top sales rep at every company I have ever worked for, started 6 businesses, only two of which failed, and now am the owner of one company in Orange County, CA grossing $150K a year and co-owner of another one....

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FRedlinWetworksEntertainment in Orange, California

65 months ago

the second business I referred to is the one that is hiring right NOW. I am not posting this here because I am desperate to hire people, I frankly am not in a rush either way. I posted the information because some one helped me see how destructive the trap was of the way I was thinking, and I am offering you the same. But one thing you MUST remember, whether you take my offer, or not. There will be many opportunities to pull yourselves out of this situation, but they are ALL going to require you to act, and to have faith in YOURSELF, and get away from the entire thought process that has you thinking you do not deserve to succeed. The name of my company is Wetworks Entertainment, and as long as you are not a convicted child molester, I doubt there is a crime you have committed that would preclude you from being successful with our company. But alas, you won't ever know if you don't try. But that is up to you, isn't it?

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Alicia E in Jacksonville, Florida

65 months ago

FRedlinWetworksEntertainment in Orange, California said: the second business I referred to is the one that is hiring right NOW. I am not posting this here because I am desperate to hire people, I frankly am not in a rush either way. I posted the information because some one helped me see how destructive the trap was of the way I was thinking, and I am offering you the same. But one thing you MUST remember, whether you take my offer, or not. There will be many opportunities to pull yourselves out of this situation, but they are ALL going to require you to act, and to have faith in YOURSELF, and get away from the entire thought process that has you thinking you do not deserve to succeed. The name of my company is Wetworks Entertainment, and as long as you are not a convicted child molester, I doubt there is a crime you have committed that would preclude you from being successful with our company. But alas, you won't ever know if you don't try. But that is up to you, isn't it?

Well I am very interested in learning more about your company. The only question I have is, do you hire people to work from home? I live in FL, so the chances of me moving to Cali is slim to none right now! Please let me know ASAP! Thanks! :-)

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Kay in Newport News, Virginia

65 months ago

Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey said: Dear Kay,

We are in the same boat, if you read my early posts you will see that I have years of work history with fortune 500 companies, education and have been turned down for every job in the last 3 years.

My mother told me yesterday to go to McDonalds, I told her once they see my resume’ they are going to laugh me out of the place.

I am at my wits end and have lost hope. No hope for a future and a life. I am miserable and I’ve gained over 30 pounds. I have no answers.

Hi,
It's very awkward to have to explain why someone with education and professional experiences is looking for minimum wage jobs. I've found the only luck in family owned businesses, and they don't pay much. I met with an attorney yesterday to see if this can be expunged, and it can't in Va. I'm not able to recind the guilty plea, and the only option is to try for a pardon. This may bring some future hope, but even that is not possible until a couple of years have gone by and I've been able to get my rights restored. It's an uphill battle, and the funny part is, I've put this behind me, I've moved on, I've gone back to school,etc, but everyone else sees me in relation to one event. It's truly become a life sentence, and I think all of us need to petition our representatives to have the law changed. If a crime has to do with child abuse or elder abuse or is violent, when statistics show that there would be a high rate of repeating it due to psychological reasons, then fine, wear the scarlet "F" the rest of your life. But, if its non-violent and probation has been successful and completed, the stigma should be removed. Think about it, the state is saying they have rehabilitated us by releasing us from probation, by all the counseling and programs offered through the system, yet when push comes to shove, they're saying that in fact we aren't rehabilitated - they are calling themselves liars and failures. None of it makes sense.

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FRedlinWetworksEntertainment in Orange, California

65 months ago

We are an internet based business, so the answer to your question is yes. The only two requirements that we have are that you have a high-speed internet connection and personal drive & motivation. E-mail me with your resume at frank.redlin@wetworksentertainment.com and we can take it from there.

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Lifer in Morristown, New Jersey

65 months ago

Dear FRedlinWetworksEntertainment,

Please leave us alone with your get rich schemes. You offer us nothing. We are just ordinary people trying to get a living wage job. We just want to take care of our families and our selves. In all that writing you did in your posts you offer nothing concrete. Why don’t you give real details?

I’ve checked out your website, number one 99.9% all the posts in the forms are from you,

“Most users ever online was 5 on Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:47 pm”

You run a video game torment site (not a bad idea) however, how in the world are we going to make money? I guess by getting people to sign up and play video games.

We need to buy food for our children and pay mortgages, we need real steady employment with benefits

“Looking for an exciting career where you can get as much out of your work as you do playing? Consider a position with Wetworks Entertainment Inc. as a contract sales representative. We are currently seeking self motivated sales professionals to join our team. As a CSR, you would be responsible for contacting pre-qualified leads and informing them of our products and services, and assessing which products would best serve their marketing needs. We offer our clients and users progressive products and services, and we provide nothing less for our CSRs. Here are just a few of the benefits of we provide our CSRs include: Competitive commission structure, flexible hours, Residual commission on some products, no quotas, gross pay on all sales.

I know that you are just trying to expand on your idea, and not a bad one at that, but please stop preying on us here in this job forum. There is a real reason why only one person contacted you.

Please everybody check out the site for you self. wetworksentertainment.com/

I'm not trying to disrespect you in any way, however I do believe that you are targeting us and taking advantage of us because of the situation we are in.

Thanks

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Alicia E in Jacksonville, Florida

65 months ago

You know, it's devious people like you that make people like us feel hopeless and fed up! Seriously, get a life!

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FRedlinWetworksEntertainment in Orange, California

65 months ago

While I appreciate your position, it is flawed on it's face, and let me explain why. First of all, I am not "targeting" anyone. I read some of these posts and as I stated previously I saw a parallel with some of these stories & my own.

Secondly, while our company is very new, there are three owners in the company, and all of them use the "FRedlin" account to post any thing that is company oriented. So of course most of the posts are going to be attributed to my name. More over, only a few of the forum sections are open to public posting.

Lastly, until I read your rebuke I had absolutely no intention of posting anything further here, but your accusation that I am targeting felons for a get rich quick scheme is extremely misguided. I am not, nor is Wetworks offering anything more than an honest day's pay for an honest day's work. I make no bones about the position we are hiring for, it's sales, it's not easy, but with 22 years of experience, I can personally say that it is rewarding and builds the confidence that you have lost through all of the rejection you have already had to endure. If it was a get rich quick scheme, having personally gotten sucked in by a couple over the years, I would be asking for some sort of investment, or expect you to work for free under a "senior sales rep" prior to you being able to make commissions.

Frankly, while I understand your intentions were in the right place (to protect those you THINK I seek to victimize) your assertion is dangerous because you made a judgment without knowing all of the facts, which is not any different than the people that these individuals have been applying with. I wish you all the best of luck, and my offer still stands, but with only two responses to my posts, I am not holding my breath. It takes a lot of courage to move beyond where you are, and that is a commodity that appears to be in short supply these days.

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FRedlinWetworksEntertainment in Orange, California

65 months ago

One last thing, to answer your questions (and please note that I took no disrespect from your post, as I stated before, I know your intention was genuine...so is mine) because I stopped in my tracks after reading your assertions to reply. Sales is a respectable medium of employment, and if you devote the time and the effort to it that it requires, will provide you with a much better income than a "living wage". Further, you would be selling in game advertisements and advertising subscriptions to businesses on the Wetworks site itself. Frankly, we do not need anyone to sell memberships to users because membership is free. Also, you should note the number of users, and number of page hits this month rather than the number of users online at the same time. This past Saturday we had a tournament in which we gave away $500 in total to participants, but barring these events, there is not a lot of need to check back with the site daily by our users. We are as a company still in our infancy and as such, we only offer one tournament a month as they are obviously costly and we do not have the advertising base in place yet to pay for these tournaments (which is why I have payed for the last two out of my own pocket).
So here is what you really need to know. Decide for your self, and keep in mind, new car dealers, real estate agents, mortgage loan officers, and more importantly to this conversation, marketing sales representatives do not get paid on an hourly rate. They are paid commission, plain and simple. Maybe you should have asked what our comp structure is like before assuming we are a scam. 100% of the sale is your one time commission on monthly advertising products, such as the website ads that are on the left side of the screen on the site. 50% one time commissions are for all in-game advertisements sold (which incidentally means if you sell one $500 ad per week, you make as much as you would make working the part time burger joint jobs I keep seeing posted here).

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