We help people impacted by the criminal legal system get jobs.

We help people impacted by the criminal legal system get jobs.

Indeed is committed to making the world — and the world of work — a better place. Every day we connect millions of people to new opportunities. We know that people impacted by the criminal legal system, or people with criminal records, unfairly face extra challenges, making it especially difficult to find the right job for you.

Check out our tips, resources and services to help make finding, getting and keeping a job easier for you.

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Find fair chance jobs

Find fair chance jobs

To make it easier to find the right opportunity, Indeed has added a “Fair Chance” filterThis label is provided for informational purposes only and is based on information included in job descriptions, such as that the employer follows “fair chance” hiring practices and that qualified applicants with criminal records will be considered. This information is not directly reported by employers. Please also note that many employers are required by law to consider applicants with criminal records. Indeed users are advised to check their state and local laws for more information about their rights. . This helps you find employers who are open to hiring people who have been involved with the criminal legal system. There are two ways for you to find fair chance jobs:

Broad fair chance search

Add “fair chance” in the What box on the Indeed search page and click the Find jobs button.

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Encouraged to Apply filter

Add a job title, keyword, or company in the What box and click the Find jobs button, then select “Fair chance” in the “Encouraged to Apply” filter list.

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Tips on how to search, apply and prep for interviews

Learn what kinds of jobs to look for, ways to update your resume and how to respond to questions about your past.

Can You Get a Job With a Criminal Record?

Having a criminal record can often seem like a barrier to getting a job. In this article, learn about kinds of jobs to look for, ideas for ways to update your resume and how to prepare for questions about your past.

Job Search Guide for People with Criminal Records

People with criminal records may face unique challenges in the job search. In this article, we explore a few of these challenges and offer tips for overcoming them along the way.

Resume and interview help

Use Indeed’s free online tools to create or update your resume and get interview-ready. You can also get help from a professional resume writer for $19. 

If you need help covering the cost for this, email resume-review@indeed.com and let us know.

Indeed's Essentials to Work program

Extra support during your job transition

Get help clearing your record

Reach out to one of our partners near you to explore if you’re eligible to have your record cleared. (You may see some partners use “expungement,” “non-disclosure” or “record sealing” in place of “record clearing”).

Free computers for those eligible

If you need a computer to help you find work, we can help! Through our partnership with PCs for People, we’re providing free computers to eligible individuals.

If you meet the criteria, visit PCs for People, choose one desktop or one laptop, and use code INDEEDESSENTIALS at checkout. Then, log in or create an account to get your computer.

Free rides in select cities

Through our partnership with Lyft, you may be eligible for help with transportation to: job training programs, interviews, your new job for up to the first three weeks, and record clearing appointments with a lawyer or at the court.

For Employers

What is fair chance hiring?

For Employers

What is fair chance hiring?

Approximately 30% of American adults (~70 million people) have a criminal record.* People who have been formerly incarcerated in the U.S. have an unemployment rate 5x higher than the national average.** Fair chance hiring generally refers to the practice that all qualified candidates are fairly considered for a job, regardless of their involvement with the criminal legal system.

Sometimes this is required by law. Indeed does not provide legal advice, so check your local laws for more information. Fair chance laws vary by location and fair chance hiring policies may vary by employer. Some common features of fair chance policies are: employers don’t ask about a candidate’s criminal record before a conditional offer has been made; after offering a candidate a job, employers may conduct a criminal background check, but employers perform an individualized assessment of a candidate’s entire record, including the nature and gravity of the criminal record, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job that the job candidate is seeking. Adopting a fair chance hiring approach will help you reach talented, loyal workers.

 *Politifact
**Prison Policy Initiative

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How and why to adopt fair chance hiring at your organization

At Indeed, we value diverse experiences, including those who have had prior contact with the criminal legal system.  Read about the benefits of fair chance hiring and how Indeed approaches it.

Fair Chance Hiring: An Employer’s Competitive Edge

How Indeed Approaches Fair Chance Hiring

How to Implement Fair Chance Hiring at Your Organization

Get extra help from our partner organizations

Indeed partners with Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) and the Second Chance Business Coalition.

Learn more from our partners about fair chance (or second chance) hiring: 

Ready to tap into a broader pool of talent?

Post fair chance jobs

Ready to tap into a broader pool of talent?

Post fair chance jobs

Click the checkbox

Click the People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply checkbox in the Set application preferences step of the U.S. job posting process on Indeed.

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Add fair chance language

Add this phrase to your U.S. job descriptions: “People with a criminal record are encouraged to apply.”


Many employers are required by law to consider applicants with criminal records.Indeed does not provide legal advice, and employers are advised to check their state and local laws for more information including requirements for job postings.

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Everyone deserves a fair chance

Get inspired by the impact you can make with fair chance hiring

I'm not my record. I'm not my past. I'm here today, and I deserve a future. And I wanna work for that future.

Chivas Watson, 35 During his sentence, Chivas became an inmate lawyer, helping over 100 men gain their release. Since his release, he has dedicated his life to empowering others by founding an organization that runs programs ranging from food delivery to families in need to a maternal health initiative for Black mothers. However this year, he has personally applied for over 30 jobs and not gotten a call back once. He believes that his record is the reason.

I wish employers knew that a lot of people just make mistakes, but some are bigger than others.

David Zavala, 31 David was 17 and had recently been accepted to an all-boys college before first being incarcerated. He says he was in prison for three years longer than he should have been because his public defender missed a deadline on paperwork. Now a father of three, his goal is to get more hands-on experience through an HVAC training program so he can be confident he can do his job well.

I really would like to be known more for the sum of my accomplishments, for the things that I have overcome, for the work that I know how to do, for my work ethic, for my intelligence, for my skills, but absolutely not for the worst thing that I've ever done.

Lori Mellinger, 53 Before her felony conviction, Lori was an editorial journalist in small markets. Since her release she has participated in rehab programs and is now an expert in women’s re-entry back into society. She is currently looking for a full time position helping women get back to work after their release.

I think I would want to be defined as someone who has redeemed himself, who has changed his life and also has looked to help other people.

Larry Miller, 72 Larry Miller is an Executive for Nike, and Chairman of the Jordan Brand. While in prison he was able to get his associates degree and after his release, a bachelor's degree in accounting. He went on to build a successful career in accounting with major companies, leading to his career at Nike. He authored a NY Times best-selling book about his life.

I can do anything I put my mind to do. It just takes that faith and hope and that second chance for someone to give me to prove myself to where I'm not defined by my record.

Missy Turner, 36 Before her incarceration, Missy had a hard time finding work due to a disability. Upon release, she went to rehab and then completed training to support others in sobriety. Missy is a college graduate, but most of the positions available to her so far have involved standing or physical labor. These are harder for her to do because of her disability. She is confident she can do well in a non-physical role if given the chance.

The person I am today is radically different than the person I was in the past.

Atma Jodha Singh, 59 Before going to prison, Atma Johda worked as a successful locksmith. While incarcerated he dedicated himself to yoga and meditation. He currently volunteers in the prison system, teaching yoga and meditation and lives off disability, since he can’t find employers to hire him with his record. Recognizing how technology has evolved while he was in prison, he wishes hiring platforms and employers would do workshops to help people with criminal records better evolve with technology.

I am a person who has worked incredibly hard to get where I'm at today, but I have my sights set on something greater.

James Morgan, 33 James was in college studying accounting when he became incarcerated. When he got out, he knew a future in accounting wasn’t possible with his record. He found a job he loved doing pet transport and performed really well, but was let go when a delayed background check came back six months later, even though he noted his conviction on his application. He currently lives at home with his parents and at 29 months sober, plans to go back to school to become a drug and alcohol counselor.
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A transformative story

A transformative story

Brittany Hart, an individual who was formerly incarcerated, found her job through the Indeed and Goodwill partnership.

“In a tight labor market, candidates with past justice involvement represent an untapped and motivated talent pool that can strengthen the workforce.”

Matt Joyce, Partner Envoy, an impact-oriented advisory practice