The following is a letter to insidetime, from issue May 2012
One in three people on the dole have a criminal record, but that should be plain logic given that previous convictions are a barrier to employment. Once someone has served a prison sentence their employment prospects are very limited. But this doesn’t make the dole claimant a scrounger, it just makes them unemployable and until the government comes up with a better system of rehabilitation this is a problem that will not go away. I really tried my best to get a job last time I was released. I handed my CV to almost 100 employers, applied for jobs on the web, shop windows, jobcentre, and put my name down with 5 agencies in my local area – but nothing. I lost the will to go on and drove like an idiot and now I find myself back in jail. Now I’m scared and worried that it will be the same when I am released again in August. Something really needs to be done to help ex offenders get back into employment. I’m 22 years old and I really do want to change and not spend the rest of my years in prison. I suspect that most employers think ‘once a criminal, always a criminal’ but this is definitely not the case. Given the chance I believe many ex offenders want to change, myself included, so please give us a chance.
Comments about this letter
2/5/2012 Shippy -I was released from prison on Licence in November 2010, i have applied for countless jobs, even had help from Pertemps, to get my Forklift licence, CSCS card and Health and Safety Passport, all to boost my prospects of gaining unemployment, and here i am 17 months later, STILL looking. i have had over 20 interviews, which all went well, until my criminal record got brought up, then although the potential employer was all nice, my application received the *unsuccessful" stamp of disapproval, but in order to get your benefits, you still have to keep looking for employment. I know several ex prisoners that have been given that chance by an employer and they are at the top of their game, all you can do is keep trying.
18/5/2012 amanda janeIts sad to read your posts..but dont give up..my son was released 3 and a half weeks ago and was looking daily for jobs and applying for so many..he also experienced intreviews that went well until the dreaded question about criminal record..so we changed our approach and actually wrote on his cv about his criminal record and how he made a mistake and wants a change and turn his life around etc...the next application he filled in he put in his cv ..at least if they wernt interested they wouldnt call him for a interview...he got a call for interview and actually got the full time job..so maybe honesty from the start is what employers respect..it may be worth a try for you guys ...good luck i think all young offenders deserve a chance .dont give up..
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