Ex-Offender’s Job Hunting Guide: 10 Steps to a New Life in the Work World

Like a trusted friend or counselor, this comprehensive book helps ex-offenders develop the proper attitudes and strategies for landing jobs and starting over again.

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The Ex-Offender’s New Job Finding and Survival Guide


“…Holds the potential of becoming one of the decade’s most significant books….a force for good in changing lives and conserving public resources.”–Joyce Lain Kennedy, syndicated careers columnist

“The book is essential for correctional facility libraries and correctional counselors but will also be useful in public libraries.”–Library Journal

“Great book! And great website….a marvelous guide for those who have served time in prison and are now coming back into society….I heartily recommend this book to job counselors, employment services centers, and anyone who is, who knows, or who works with former felons.”–Margaret Riley Dikel, author of numerous career books and owner of www.rileyguide.com

“…Provides, without pulling any punches, a thorough, detailed primer on job hunting that emphasizes re-entering the workforce after incarceration….With many examples, exercises, and what-if scenarios, the book goes far beyond the I-need-a-job-any-job mindset.”–ForeWord

“As a convicted felon who has spent the past 19 years in prison, I can tell you from personal experience that this book has the potential to change lives…I’ve spent countless hours wondering. And with seemingly no place to turn to for help. Until now! I know of no other single book currently in use in any Pre-Release Program that has the potential to impact the incarcerated like The Ex-Offender’s Job Hunting Guide. Ron and Caryl Krannich have definitely done their homework, otherwise they wouldn’t be so in-tune with the issues convicted felons face. This book should be required reading…They truly are on the right track. This resource gives us the job search tools we so desperately need, yet not without addressing core issues of thought and attitude. Convicted felons, for whatever reason, need a road map and this book gives us one.”–Beaumont, Texas

“I am presently developing a curriculum focusing on re-establishing ex-offenders and their families into society and the workplace. Your website is a Godsend!!”–T.N., Instructor

ISBN: 1-57023-236-9

By Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds

Finding a job is one of the most important challenges facing the nearly 7.7 million ex-offenders who leave prisons, jails, and detention centers each year. Indeed, for someone who has lost everything, successful re-entry into a community becomes very difficult.

Without a job and support network to help meet the immediate needs of food, housing, health care, and transportation, and often saddled with financial obligations, many ex-offenders soon fall back on old habits, relationships, and temptations that lead them back to the prison doors.

While many employers may not want to hire someone with a criminal record, others are willing to give ex-offenders a second chance and help them get back on their feet and move ahead with their lives.

Indeed, we live in a society that both admires and supports people who can pick themselves up, change their lives, and go on to achieve their dreams.

But what should ex-offenders do in order to land a good job? Where should they go to find a job they do well and enjoy doing?

Here’s the book that provides important answers to many re-entry questions facing ex-offenders. Beginning with an examination of 20 myths/realities and 22 principles for success, two of America’s leading employment experts reveal 10 steps to job and career success:

  1. Examine and change your attitudes
  2. Conduct research on jobs and communities
  3. Seek assistance and become proactive
  4. Write effective resumes and letters
  5. Select appropriate job search approaches
  6. Network for information, advice, and referrals
  7. Assess your skills and identify your MAS
  8. Develop winning job interview skills
  9. State a powerful objective
  10. Negotiate salary and benefits like a pro

A final chapter goes one step further in examining what to do once you’ve landed the job – how to survive and prosper on the job as well as advance your career.

Rich in insights and filled with practical examples, exercises, and resources, here’s the book that can make a big difference in the lives of ex-offenders. Follow each step and you’ll begin meeting employers who will want to hire you because of your unique talents and your new attitudes and motivations.

You’ll find a job that you both do well and enjoy doing. Best of all, your Second Act will be living a new and productive life centered around your work, family, and community. Foreword by Joyce Lain Kennedy. 224 pages. 7 x 10. Softcover. April 2005.


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