My message over and over to anyone that has come home from prison has always been never Give Up!

Yes it is hard, and you will face challenges that those without a criminal conviction will not.

Besides teaching, my toughest job is trying to encourage them to go back to school and make a difference.

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Good Luck in your job search, and know you are in our prayers! They are like many other employers out there who don't have the common courtesy to even give one a response. I would not give up it takes time, I can attest to that from when I was applying years ago, though supposedly it is quicker these days.

Patti There were two jobs posted for Park Ranger in Central, Pa. But having been in the military for years I don't believe anything has changed that much. I would not give up it takes time, I can attest to that from when I was applying years ago, though supposedly it is quicker these days.

Someplace that we all thought was off limits because of a Felony Conviction, I am here to tell you: NOT! This is a excerpt from USAJobs the entry website for Federal Employment: "Q: What if I am an ex-offender?

A: Being an ex-offender does not prevent you from obtaining Federal Employment.

Their enlistment age is up to 42 now, and the pay is pretty good especially when you consider that they provide food and housing for you.

However, it is critical to understand that every where you are stationed, the chain of command will have your record and you must be the absolute best soldier that you possibly can.For those just getting out - find a job of any type that will pay your bills and keep it!DO volunteer work if you want any chance of a Presidential Pardon, and be honest with all potential employers if they ask!When I was in 20 years ago, the Army had a 98% conviction rate!My case would have been thrown out of court immediately for illegal search, however in my General CM it was not even an issue to the judge.OPM or the hiring agency considers your criminal conduct in determining your suitability but there are no general prohibitions against hiring you.