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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 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

 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 get a job, your job

     5 – The interview

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.

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.


Discussing Criminal History in the Interview
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Federal / 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

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



How2become.com offers a great resource guide,that provides detailed insight into how to answer certain questions, how to behave, body language and more.- See more at: 



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: