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As you anticipate your release from a Maryland prison, you might wonder whether or not you will be able to get a job. Your decision to participate in prison-sponsored resources might improve your marketability even while still incarcerated.

When you know some of the strategies for working around your conviction, you may increase your chances of getting a job.

Developing job skills

Contrary to what many would have you believe, there are a lot of opportunities to develop critical skills while incarcerated. Your experiences might help you build competencies including the following:

  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication
  • Time management

Ask about what types of resources the prison has available for you to benefit from. According to, research supports the success of prison-sponsored programs with results showing that participants are 24% less likely to re-offend and 14% more likely to find sustainable employment upon their release.

Looking for employment

Bearing in mind that you do have a criminal conviction on your record, it might not be realistic to get your dream job immediately after your release. However, there are plenty of other great options that will allow you to establish a reputation as a hard worker and dependable employee. With this image, you can eventually work toward a job that aligns with your vision for the future. Some suggestions of jobs to consider at the beginning of your employment include making deliveries, driving a long-haul truck, working in customer service, waiting tables, landscaping and administrative roles.

With the right support, your conviction does not have to prevent you from getting a job. Once you have a job, you can shift your focus to bettering your situation and creating the life you want.