How to demonstrate change to your new employer

If you were recently released from prison or have a felony on your record, it can be hard to find a job. But many employers are now starting to consider candidates with a history of justice involvement. If you’re serious about being a good employee and making life changes, you can demonstrate this to business owners, and will in turn build their confidence in you as an employee. Here are three ways to demonstrate your commitment to making stronger life choices. 

Communicate your goals and how you plan to achieve them 

Maybe you want to hold a steady job so you can support your young daughter. Or, you might have a goal to buy a car or rent an apartment. No matter what your goals are, communicate them with your employer and really how serious you are about meeting those goals. Sharing what you’re hoping to do through meaningful employment does a few things. First, it shows that you are committed to doing something positive, something that will require you to show up for work and put in effort. The second is that sharing your goals will endear your employer to you. While it might not be necessary, sharing realistic goals with your boss can help them recognize where you are and help you make a plan to get there. When you have a supporter on your side and at your work, it can help move things in the right direction! 

Follow rules closely and with a positive attitude 

You’ve probably heard that actions speak louder than words – and that’s especially true in the workplace! One of the best ways to demonstrate commitment to your job and a new life with better choices is to follow the rules closely while you’re on the clock. Showing up on time, in the proper attire, and with a positive attitude day after day will show over time that you’re a reliable, dependable employee. 

Bring new ideas to the table that could strengthen business

Once you’ve been working at a business for a while, you might notice things that could make the business stronger. These changes are valuable to an employer, and pointing them out can show that you care about the future success of the company. When it’s appropriate, share your recommendations with your manager or boss and explain how they will help improve business. While they may not immediately implement your idea, your willingness to bring ideas to the table could help strengthen your standing with the leadership team. 

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