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Can you get a job after having served time in jail?

Being released from jail is liberating and allows you the chance to regain your footing and make drastic changes to your life. One of which, is finding a reliable job that allows you to make money and sustain your personal needs and lifestyle. Often, the biggest challenge you will face is the ability to find an employer in Illinois that will hire you considering your record and the fact that you have served time in jail. Fortunately, there are alternatives that you can consider as you put your best foot forward in the hunt for a job. 

According to Chron, there are many resources you can use to learn about how to format your resume, write a compelling cover letter that appropriately addresses your past and even get leads on potential job openings. As you begin the process of finding a job, here are some steps you may consider to give yourself a better chance at finding a job: 

  • Find out what you need to do to be eligible to have your record expunged. If you committed a serious offense, you may be able to get your sentence reduced at the very least. 
  • Seek professional help from people who are committed to getting you a job. Look for resources that will allow you to relearn and strengthen critical skills that you will need to maintain for a job. 
  • Learn more about tax credits and tell your employer about the chance they have to receive tax credits for hiring you despite your criminal past. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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