Establish Trust and Develop Character

As you and many other ex-offenders eventually discover, the truth will set you free. Life may not be fair, but at least you have the power within you to make a difference in your life.

Employers look for truthfulness, character, and value in their employees. They want honest and reliable employees whom they can trust. As you will quickly learn, there is no place for ex-offenders to hide in today's high-tech society. Your record will follow you wherever you go.

However difficult to do, you need to disclose your criminal background to prospective employers. If you lie about your past, chances are that lie will eventually catch up with you, and you will be fired.

Honesty is always the best policy. Learn to tell your incarceration story in a positive and professional manner. Tell the truth so you can get on with your new life.

While some employers may not want to hire ex-offenders, others will extend a hand to those who tell the truth and show signs that they have changed their lives for the better. We outline how you can best tell the truth and get the job in Job Interview Tips for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds and The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide.

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.