Serving time in prison is a period for many criminals in Missouri to reevaluate their life and identify areas where they can make positive changes that will allow them to live a better life once they are released from prison. One of the things they can do is to get a job that will allow them to sustain themselves, learn new skills and interact with people in a healthy social setting. However, when an employer sees that a person has previously been convicted of a crime, they may be skeptical to hire that person before even allowing an interview. Despite the odds, people who work hard can eventually find employment that will bring with it invaluable opportunities to change and grow. 

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employers should use thoughtful consideration when referencing criminal records. In fact, many states have limitations on what information is publicized to employers in an effort to allow people who have served time the opportunity to prove themselves on an equal playing field as other candidates. Employers are not allowed to discriminate in making decisions regarding hiring, termination or temporary suspensions. 

Once people have been released from prison, Career Trend suggests that they invest some time into creating a resume that highlights their competencies and strengths. Some may even hire a professional to help them articulate required content in a manner that is organized, persuasive and customized to specific job openings. Other options they have include asking people who know them to write a letter of recommendation, contacting previous employers and regularly perusing online job sites and local newspapers for leads on potential jobs.