Common barriers to employment include:

  • criminal history 
  • drug and alcohol addiction
  • homelessness
  • long-term welfare dependence
  • lack of marketable skills
  • poor job search/interview skills
  • lack of basic computer skills
  • childcare needs 
  • no reliable transportation
  • background of poverty
  • transitioning from military to civilian workforce
  • illiteracy
  • mental illness 
  • disability (both physical and intellectual)
  • limited English proficiency
  • poor work history, including long gaps in employment 
  • no high school diploma, GED (General Educational Development certificate) or HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma)
  • poor social skills
  • age
  • employer biases

Most of these barriers can be overcome or at least mitigated. For individuals who cannot overcome the barriers on their own, resources are available.