Unclear Goals

Unfortunately, many ex-offenders don't know what they want to do tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, or the rest of their lives. Lacking a clear understanding of their major strengths and what they want to do in the future, many of them communicate an image of uncertainty and appear to lack interest and purpose.

Employers want to hire talented, enthusiastic, and purposeful individuals. If you don't know what you want to do, one of the first things you need to do is conduct a self-assessment of your interests, skills, and abilities, and then formulate a job-related objective.

Your goal should be to find a job or career that is compatible with your interests, motivations, skills, and talents, as well as related to a vision of your future. In other words, try to find a job fit for you and your future rather than try to fit into a job that happens to be advertised and for which you think you can qualify. Your ultimate goals should be to find a job and career you really love.

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.