A concerned person in Burbank, California said: This was not helpful and just not true. There are job listings out there for felons. The jobs are few and far between, so there needs to be more. But to go out of your way to tell a man he will never find a job just seems cruel. He's not applying for the same kinds of jobs as you, so perhaps this isn't your field of expertise.
What Nick said is unfortunately true in most cases. If your conviction was over 7 years ago, you might have a chance of the background check not picking it up. If your Google & Facebook results are clean then you have a chance. But the 1st time someone finds out about your background, most employers will let you go even if you've been a super employee. My family has experienced that firsthand.
I have seen jobs for landscapers & someone that picks up trash from apartment complexes. Guess what.. they want a clean background check to hire you. These are jobs posted by small independent individuals & still they want a background check. Skilled or unskilled labor all are doing background checks in most cases.
I don't know what is worse- offering encouragement that someone somewhere will look at the person & not the label or being realistic & telling them that it is almost impossible to overcome without help. Being rejected is a horrible feeling that leads to just as much despair.
Until employers overcome the bias & are willing to look at each case on an individual basis, people will suffer trying to find a job post conviction. There are many groups trying to change the attitude but it's a slow process. With over 65 million people in the US having some sort of conviction on their record you'd think that people would take a stand to say this is unfair. One day it could be someone you know or even you that has life turned upside down & then the world as you know it will change forever.