Learn about the resources the Career Planning website offers.
Career Planning for People with a Criminal Conviction provides career planning guidance for job seekers with felony convictions. The website uses a career planning model with Manage Your Career at the Center. Job seekers are guided through six career management steps:
STEP 1: Assess Yourself
STEP 2: Explore Careers
STEP 3: Create a Plan & Set Goals
STEP 4: Expand Skills
STEP 5: Find a Job
STEP 6: Manage Your Career
In addition to the website, a companion workbook offers activities and tips to help job seekers who have a criminal conviction focus on their job search. Use the workbook when finding a first job after release. For more long-term planning, you will find resources on the website.
Download individual activities or the entire workbook from the home page of the website.
This Career Planning website and workbook are available for public use. An online version is also available in Minnesota state correctional facilities for people who are currently incarcerated.
How is the Career Planning for People with a Criminal Conviction website different than other career planning resources? It includes content specifically for people who are career planning and job searching in Minnesota after incarceration. This includes information about barred occupations and the Ban the Box law. Specific content is listed below.
The Career Search Tool offers a caution symbol that marks careers that may be affected by a criminal record.
There is specific information about barred occupations in the Job Search After Release section. This includes a link to the Collateral Consequences website where users can see detailed effects of a criminal conviction on employment, like licensure restrictions.
Job Search After Release includes additional information about work restrictions, job search under supervision, how to view your criminal record, criminal expungement, pardons, and sealing a criminal record.
The website includes a section with Community Resources available in each Minnesota region. A link to “Community Resources” is available from the home page. Resources include providers who offer employment, housing, transportation, and other transition services. Information about child care, health care, and legal services and providers is included.
From the “Community Resources” page, job seekers can also find links to locate CareerForce offices and disability services.
The workbook (pages 7 – 8) includes an article, What Can You Do Now? Employment Preparation for People Who Are Currently Incarcerated with helpful tips to start a job search while still incarcerated. A link to this workbook article is available on the home page of the website.
On the website, a Career Plan Timetable is available in the Create a Plan & Set Goals section. It helps job seekers make short and long-term plan by providing tips for before release, immediately after release, after finding a job, and 2 years after release.