There are guidelines for job searching while on parole. Find out how to work with your Supervising Agent and get tips for a successful job search.
Your Supervising Agent wants you to have a successful re-entry into society after incarceration. A big part of this success is finding employment.
You are less likely to return to prison when you participate in positive, constructive, and structured activities. In some cases participating in constructive activities such as job search, work, school, or approved volunteer work is a condition of supervised released.
Treat your search just like it's a job. You should search during typical business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, do not limit your job search to these hours.
Your job search might include:
Your job search, however, should not be limited to these activities. There may be unexpected times when you find a job lead or get information that can help your search.
These times can include:
You never know when you might hear of a good job lead, so be alert.
Some people are required to document all of their job search activities; some are not. Whether or not your Supervising Agent requires it, it's a good idea to keep some type of log, or documentation, of your job search. This will keep you organized and help you track all of your job leads.
Use a simple notebook or planner to write down your list or schedule of activities. Below is a sample of how to track one day's worth of job search activities.
|Monday March 5|
|9:00-9:30||Bus to St. Paul CareerForce location off of University|
|9:30-11:30||Complete resume at CareerForce Center|
|11:30-12:30||Lunch at Pizza Hut, left resume and application with manager Chris P.|
|12:30-1:30||Bus to Bakers Square in Roseville. Met with Jenny, turned in
|1:30-3:30||Walk to other Roseville businesses (Starbucks, Good Earth, Red Lobster). Filled out applications, but no solid leads.|
Keep your job search log with you most of the time. You never know when you will want to write down a phone number from a help wanted sign or remember the name of the hiring manager that your friend works for.
Your Supervising Agent will appreciate that you are being accountable for your activities. Keeping track of your job search will prove that you are responsible and organized — two qualities employers also appreciate.