A problem that everyone convicted of a crime in Arizona is finding a job after they have done their time. It is not always easy to find employers who are willing to hire you with a felony on your record. Often, this means that convicted felons end up working in low paying jobs at a fast-food restaurant or something equally menial. Often felons have skills that could earn them a decent wage if they could only find a company in Arizona that will give them a chance. Sometimes convicted felons have skills before they did time and sometimes felons work hard to better themselves while in prison learning a skill or even a college degree only to get out and find that they cannot put those skills to work because no one will give them chance.
What Happens to Felons Who Can’t Find Good Jobs?
Usually, if a convicted felon is released on parole, they are required to find some kind of employment as a condition of their parole. Because they carry the specter of a felony conviction with them, they often end up in low paying jobs, barely earning enough to survive. Often, a felony conviction leads to felons going on public assistance, collecting disability or becoming so desperate that they feel compelled to re-offend, commit new crimes or simply violate the terms of their parole so that they end up back in the system. At least in prison, they have a place to sleep and 3 meals a day.
Where Can Convicted Felons Find Good Jobs?
Believe it or not, if you are a convicted felon, there are many companies in Arizona that are willing to hire qualified people even if they have a somewhat checkered past. These jobs are good-paying and often have opportunities for advancement. How do you find such jobs? A good place to start is our list below. It is important to note that this list is not comprehensive and it was last updated in 2019 but it is unlikely that anything has changed.
Advice for Convicted Felons Looking for Jobs
There are many employers out there willing to hire convicted felons but you may feel like no one will ever give you another chance. You may have been turned down because of your conviction several times. Now, you are tempted to not disclose your conviction to a prospective employer. You may hope that they won’t check your background or otherwise find out about your conviction. However, lying on an employment application (and yes, not disclosing a felony conviction is the same thing as lying) is the best way to get fired even if you land the job. The best advice is to put your best foot forward.
Dress appropriately for the interview (don’t wear a 3 piece suit if you are applying for a construction job).
If appropriate, have a resume ready.
Research the employer and understand what the job entails
Ask smart questions during the interview
Suppress the urge to use prison slang
Be respectful (even if you get a “no”)
If asked, take responsibility for your crime and show remorse
Never lie about your conviction
Doing these basic things will greatly increase your chances to land a good-paying job with a felony conviction.
Do You Know Employers Who Will Hire Felons?
If you get a job as a felon, share it with us on Facebook. We will add it to our list to help other felons who are looking for a fresh start. If you are an employer, we encourage you to give applicants with a felony conviction a fair shake. Most felons learn their lesson and only want a chance to get back into the mainstream. These days, it is hard to hang onto good people but when you give someone an opportunity to earn an honest wage, they become loyal, honest, hardworking employees who will stick with you for years to come.
List of Employers Willing to Hire Convicted Felons in Arizona