You may particularly have trouble with a class 5 felony because although it is a less severe felony, it is associated with theft and dishonesty. Many employers will not take the risk or give you a chance when your crime is associated with a theft. But again, that is not the end of the world. There are many programs that assist felons with job placement; you should try to find one of those in your area. You can also lean on your family, friends and network. Many people own their own businesses and are in charge of who they hire. They may be more open to hiring someone in your situation and giving you a chance to prove your skills.

Have you ever thought about becoming and entrepreneur and starting your own business? There are also grant programs that assist people who have been incarcerated and/or have convictions to start their own businesses. If you have a hobby, passion, or special skill, you might be able to turn that into a business opportunity. As an entrepreneur you will be your own boss and then maybe you can help others in your situation and give them their second chance.

Tamara Hartley is Your Advice Guru giving REAL advice from REAL experience. She uses her personal life experiences and lessons learned to give others a different perspective and help them make critical decisions in their life, relationships and careers. Email your questions to You can follow Tamara on twitter @drtamarahartley and check out her column and archives at

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