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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 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

Free 78-minute resume writing audio webcast with printable handouts.

 best resumes

Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders

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


Raw Resume


How to Write a Great Resume: The Definitive Guide

This guide will take you from start to finish through all the aspects of a great resume and help you transform your current one into an interview-winning resume. Written for beginner and intermediate job searchers. Print or read The Complete Guide to A Winning Resume – Cheat Sheet to get started.

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


  • America’s Service Locator connects individuals to employment and training opportunities available at local American Job Centers.


  • America’s Career InfoNet occupation and industry information, salary data and career exploration assistance.    www.CareerInfoNet.org
  • mySkills myFuture helps career changers find new occupations to explore.   www.mySkillsmyFuture.org
  • Veterans ReEmployment is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service.



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 example Personal Web Page | Personal Web Page Flyer | Fair Shake Brochure

Also available to Fair Shake members is a free email account, data storage and tutorials to learn to use electronic tools.

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

Advice from a Senior U.S. Probation Officer Workforce Development Coordinator


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

 How to Get the Job!

How to Get the Job – Video series by Scott Silverman        Silverman

     1 – Making a great first impression           

     2 – Social and physical networking

     3 – Create a great elevator pitch         

     4 – Making getting a job your job

     5 – The interview