Locally owned businesses have a lot more freedom to hire whomever they choose to hire and are less likely to run criminal background checks, which could be a big advantage for you.
If you don’t mind long-distance travel and being alone on the road, many trucking and transportation companies offer on-the-job training and typically pay well.
If you like cars but don’t want to work as a driver, you could fix and service vehicles if you have the right skills and experience.
The restaurant industry is a great place to learn and grow on the job. You can quickly move up the ranks from a minimum wage fast-food worker to a well-paid fine-dining chef.
Between electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders, woodworkers, construction sites, roofers, HVAC, and general labor needs, there are many different job opportunities.
There are many job opportunities in the tech industry including data entry, sales, cable assembly, line installation, communications, tech support, software development, and web design.
If you are physically fit, don’t mind hard work or getting dirty, and live in the right area or are willing to move or travel, you might consider a job in the oil and gas industry.
From stocking shelves, unloading inventory, cleaning, and maintenance to being a cashier, working in the deli or cafe, bagging groceries, order picking, and customer service.
The US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Canadian Armed Forces have all hired people with criminal records.
Companies have a lot of inventory and require staff to load and unload these boxes, arrange shipments, verify records and deliveries, and stock shelves.
Do you have skills that you can use to start your own business? If so, self-employment could be a great option for you where your criminal record likely won’t be a hurdle.