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6 Things to Consider

1. Does your parole officer or halfway house approve of the job?

Don’t promise to start “tomorrow” if you don’t yet have the official okay. It can take several days to verify a job with a parole officer or halfway house.

2. Do you have the tools, boots, and clothes?

The list of Community Employment Organizations in the Re-entry Help section lists places where you might get help with these items. Go to the list and start calling organizations near you.

3. Can you get to the job?

Check out the Transportation section for info about buses and bikes if you don’t have a car.

4. Is it too good to be true?

People are getting scammed by some of the jobs advertised around town or online. Lots of money to work from home sounds great, but it also sounds fishy. Does the offer pass the smell test?

5. Don’t work for employers who won’t hire you legally.

If you don’t have your ID docs yet you might be tempted to work under the table. This creates a tax problem for you and you leave yourself open to getting ripped off.

6. Watch out for employers whose paychecks bounce or anyone who charges a finder’s fee to get you a job.

There are lots of good employers out there and organizations to help you find them without a fee. See the Where to Get Help section.



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