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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotels are always hiring people for their housekeeping and maintenance staff, and many of the bigger chain companies are willing to hire felons to fill these roles.
The US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Canadian Armed Forces have all hired people with criminal records.
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 have a reliable vehicle and a clean driving record, apply for gig jobs that provide flexible hours, decent pay, independence, and some companies offer sign-up bonuses.
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.
Between electricians, plumbers, carpenters, welders, woodworkers, construction sites, roofers, HVAC, and general labor needs, there are many different opportunities to get a job.