Before we get to the main part of this post, here are a few quick updates on our website. We’ve received your feedback on companies, and the jobs page and companies pages have been updated to reflect those. There have also been new additions to a lot of the state reentry resources. Lastly, the local job search engine has been broken for a while. We’re working on fixing it and getting it back up and running. We will give an update on that when it’s ready to go again. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience.
This update is centered around an ex-offender who has turned his life around. He’s written a book as well as building a website to help people with a criminal record. He also wrote a little bit about himself and what he’s working on, which you can find below.
GRIT: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record[line]
Harley Blakeman had a very tough life from age fourteen to twenty-five – losing his father, battling drug addiction, homelessness, going to prison for selling drugs and trying to get a job and build a career with a criminal record. Now, Harley has a career as an Operations Manager and works in his community to increase offenders’ chances of finding employment after their release.
In this first of its kind account, convicted felon and corporate operations manager Harley Blakeman tells of his run with drug addiction and incarceration. After completing a 14-month prison sentence and moving to a new city, he faced the same painfully challenging task that millions of other Americans are facing today – getting a job and building a career with a criminal record.
Drawing from five years of powerful experience following his release, Harley has simplified the best methods for overcoming a criminal record. The examples and advice given can be easily understood and applied by anyone, regardless of skill set or education. He also provides sure fire ways to get quick wins as well as long term tried and true methods to grow your career.
2) My Criminal Record
3) Survival Checklist
4) Are You Ready?
5) Preparing for the Job Search.
6) Explaining Your Record in the Interview
7) Interviewing Done Right
8) Continuous Improvement
9) Network Equals Net Worth
10) Your Life Story and Legacy
The book will be available for purchase both on my website and on Amazon.com the second week of April, 2017. It is completely up to you if you want to mention the website that the book references (backgroundmenot.com). The website will have a data map with local resources for every major city in the country as well as a video library with helpful content.[line]
To find this book on Amazon, go here:
Grit: How to Get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record
The website which the book references is:
( Harley Blakeman/ 25 years of age / Columbus, Ohio / Backgroundmenot@gmail.com )