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Benefits of Hiring Ex-Offenders

Many employers are not aware of the benefits of hiring ex-offenders.

Unfortunately, there are some employers who think negatively of any job seeker with a conviction on their record. Some employers are even reluctant to hire someone who was charged or convicted of a misdemeanor offense where the maximum sentence was a fine.

In these cases, you might have to work a little harder to win over the employer, but it's not impossible. A job coach, employment counselor, or your Parole Officer can help you show employers the benefits of hiring an ex-offender. Benefits may include:

  • Being eligible for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. This encourages employers to hire qualified ex-offenders.
  • Participating in the Federal Bonding Program. This limits an employer's risk, liability, and insurance costs.
  • Eligibility for low-cost training programs.

Not all employers think negatively of ex-offender job candidates. They know that they can benefit from hiring people who are hardworking, honest, and loyal.

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