Immediate Jobs For Ex-Offenders and Felons

Are you a felon who can’t find a job? Here is a list of good jobs that you will not find in the want ads and are probably available immediately.

An unstable economy has left many without jobs. People who are out of work with families and other responsibilities have opted for jobs that they may not have taken in better economic times. Some jobs that were uses by ex-offenders and felons as a means to re-enter society have been taken by those left unemployed by the economic downturn. Jobs in construction, warehousing, retail and fast food are no longer available.

Ex-offenders and felons may have to be creative in finding employment. By creative, I mean they may have to find employers in non-traditional businesses or offer their labor in expansive ways. Here is a list of jobs that ex-offenders and felons can get because there is little competition or simply by marketing themselves in unique ways.

Nightclub Security

Once upon a time these people were called “Bouncers.” Today they are called Doormen and security people. They keep everyone in the club safe. If you have an imposing but friendly appearance, are even tempered, this is the perfect job for you. Find out who the club owners in your local area and offer your services. Another way to get a job like this is to meet other security people. They know if and where help is needed.

Supermarket Overnight Stockperson

This job is often available because some people cannot stay up all night and be effective. If you have no problem working an overnight shift and can work with little supervision, you may have a job. Call you local supermarkets and find out if they have anything available on their night crews.

Recovery Agent or Repo Man

The recession has caused the recovery or repossession business to explode. If you are tough minded, follow directions well and like living on the edge, then being a repo man is for you. You can find recovery agents in your area in the yellow pages.


A lot of people do not like bugs, rodents and other kids of pests. Some can’t stand to even look at them. If they don’t bother you, then a career in pest control may be just the thing. You don’t need any prior experience. Many pest control companies have on the job training.

Restaurant Utility Person

Anyone can wash dishes. Anyone can take the trash out and sweep floors. How many things can you do in a kitchen? Market yourself as a utility person. You can offer to wash dishes, bus tables, prep for the chef and anything else that needs to be done. Make a list of restaurants in your area and offer yourself as a utility person. If there are no jobs available always leave your contact information and make yourself available as “on-call” help. Eventually, someone will call.


There is no substitute for a strong back. Moving companies are always looking for people who can get the job done. Make a list of movers in your area and start calling.

Retail Loss Prevention Specialist

Shoplifting accounted for an estimated $15.1 billion in lost revenue in 2009. Who better to catch a thief that someone who used to be one? If you were once a thief yourself, you know how thieves think. You also know where the store’s vulnerable areas are. Offer your services a loss prevention specialist. Many retail stores and even supermarkets have security people. You could easily be one of them.

Ex-offenders and felons looking for jobs shouldn’t just give up because they have criminal records. They just have to think a little differently. Just a little out-of-the-box thinking can land them a job quickly.