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Prepare for Work

Everyone prepares for work in a different way.  Fair Shake offers many tools for you to use in the way that you choose to prepare for temporary jobs or long-term careers.


Occupation Search! https://www.onetonline.org 

The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledges, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs. Information in O*NET is available for over 900 occupations.

O*NET is a unique, powerful source for continually updated occupational information and labor market research. By using a contemporary, interactive skills-based database and a common language to describe worker skills and attributes, O*NET transforms mountains of data into precise, focused occupational intelligence that anyone can understand easily and efficiently.

The Resume Writing Academy


Resume Writing This document generously shared with Fair Shake by The Resume Writing Academy thanks to:
Wendy Enelow, MRW, CCM, CPRW, JCTC and
Louise Kursmark, MRW, CCM, CPRW, JCTC

Resume Examples

Top Tips & Techniques for Writing Best-in-Class Resumes

 best resumes

Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders

A resume guide that addresses special
employment issues facing ex-offenders.



https://www.hloom.com/ Free Resume writing tools and templates.

Here I am – Resume Writing That Gets Noticed

The Complete Guide to a Winning Resume Cheat-Sheet

Discussing Your History in the Interview

Discussing Criminal History in the Interview

Other Employment Support

Jails to Jobs


Jails to Jobs is an organization that gives ex-offenders the tools they need to find employment. On this website you’ll find a step- by-step plan to follow as you carry out your job search.


Livecareer.com offers great tools and resources for exploring careers, whether you’re searching for a new job or considering a career change.- See more at:



How2become.com offers a resource guide that provides detailed insight into how to answer certain questions, body language and more.


Career onestop sqCareer Onestop

Put together a successful job search with resources on resumes, interviewing, networking and finding job openings.


Everything in this section available Online Only



About the Fair Shake Personal Web Page

  1. Members differentiate themselves from other applicants!
  2. Members share information easily. No need to carry documents; they are stored in their account.
  3. Shows dedication to reentry success and provides a place to demonstrate interest in taking a proactive approach by sharing skills, character traits, and intentions.
  4. Employers and property managers can get to know members comfortably, reducing likelihood of auto-dismissal based on felony history.
  5. Fair Shake Member Card provides member information, url and password to the member’s page.
  6. Member Web Page password is changeable! Access only given to current password holders.
  7. Fair Shake can verify references, even for volunteer work.
  8. Check out our Personal Web Page example
  9. Need to Improve Your Computer Skills?

    Learn more about using your computer on our Building Computer Skills page!

    Keep your documents safe(ish) in the cloud!

    Google online storage

Start Your Own Business

It’s not easy, but for the creative, courageous and tenacious, it’s often the right thing to do.  Here are a few documents to help you get started.

From the Small Business Administration

Small Business Administration:

Start A Business!

From the Consumer Information Center:

Planning and Goal Setting for A Small Business

Minding Your Own Business

How to Write a Business Plan

From the Fair Shake Reentry Packet

Self Employment

National Resources and Information

Federal Bureau of Prisons Employment
Information Handbook

Background Checks – EEOC

Veterans Employment Assistance: The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to meet the needs of veterans during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services. The guide books below were created specifically to support you by applying considerations from your service life to your job seeking. Check in with your local TAP program to find out about jobs that are available near you. To locate your local support office, click on this link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vow/tap.asp

Personal Appraisal & Career Exploration

Job Search Strategies & Interviews

Reviewing Job Offers & Support and Assistance