Limited Education and Training

Education is often a ticket to success. It will free you from many other barriers to employment. In fact, studies consistently show that individuals with higher levels of education make more money and have better jobs than those who are less educated.

As a group, ex-offenders tend to have very low levels of education. Indeed, nearly 40 percent of people with criminal records do not have a high school education. They also tend to lack many of the basic skills associated with better educated people - good reading, writing, math, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and analytical skills, as well as the ability to learn on their own and remain self-motivated.

Few jobs are available for people without a high school education. If you lack a high school education, be sure to get your GED or equivalent.

Keep focused on acquiring more education and training. In the end, education will help free you from "red flags" in your past. Your efforts to acquire more education indicate that you have goals and are self-motivated. Employers prefer hiring individuals who are trainable and can learn. Today's workplace requires people to constantly learn new skills through education and training.

SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.