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Resources for Career Counselors

Find information and resources to help counselors, advisors, instructors, or anyone who helps people with a criminal conviction with career planning.

Fact Sheet

Download the Fact Sheet to learn more about what this website offers.

Workbook Activities

The Career Planning workbook is a companion to this website.  It offers activities and information to help people with a criminal conviction focus on their job search.  You can download individual worksheets/activities or the entire workbook


Step Ahead News Feed

Find recent news about labor market trends, public policy, programs and other topics that impact career planning and re-entry for people with a criminal conviction. You can subscribe to get STEP AHEAD news delivered directly to your email inbox.

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August 26, 2019

You can now sign up to get recent news on topics that impact people with a criminal conviction delivered directly to your email inbox.  

July 12, 2019

STEP AHEAD is now Minnesota State Career Planning for People with a Criminal Conviction.  Along with the new name, we've launched:

Additional Resources for Counselors and Other Workforce Professionals

Find links to other resources on the web.


Collateral Consequences Inventory
Created by the American Bar Association, this website shows how different types of criminal convictions affect employment. After you enter the website, select Minnesota on the map and search for consequences on “employment.”

Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders (CareerOneStop)
This national website provides career, training, and job information for ex-offenders. Use the Toolkit or the State Resource Finder to locate job search, housing, food, legal, or other assistance in your state.  CareerOneStop also offers CareerOneStop Re-Entry.   In this version of their website all of the external links have been disabled for use within a correctional facility.  Learn more about CareerOneStop Job search resources for prisoners and ex-offenders

Internet Sites for Career Planning (National Career Development Association)
Select "Special Populations" and "Incarcerated and Ex-Offenders" to find website resources to help professionals who work with individuals with criminal convictions. 

Minnesota Criminal Offenders Rehabilitation Statutes
Find Minnesota Statutes related to the rehabilitation of criminal offenders including those related to employment and the availability of criminal records.

Minnesota Federal Bonding Program
Federal bonding offers employers no-cost bonding insurance for employees who are considered to be "at-risk" due to a criminal record.  Learn more about eligibility and coverage.  Find out how to apply for the program.

Minnesota's Fair Chance Hiring Guide
Written for employers, this guide will help you understand the legal and business concerns involved when hiring someone with a criminal conviction.  You'll learn about incentives for hiring workers with a felony conviction, get answers to common questions, and see best practices.  To download the guide, visit Twin Cities Rise for Employers and scroll until you see the "Minnesota's Fair Chance Hiring Guide" (about half-way down the page).  Select "Download Your Guide Now!"

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available as an incentive for employers to hire workers who experience high rates of unemployment, including those with a criminal record.  Learn about the program, who qualifies, and how to apply. 


Fact and Myths: Health Care Employment Opportunities for People with Criminal Records
June 2019
Understand the true scope and impact of employment-related collateral consequences in the health care sector.

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