One secret to get a job as an ex-con is to never fill in the blank where it says "Have you ever been convicted of a felony in the past 5 or 7 years". This will surely put your app in the trash.
You are looking for an interview. When and if interviews are held and you just so happened to get a call from the company you are applying for, and they ask you why you didn't fill this part out, you just simply say, " I wanted to get my foot through the door and meet you face to face so I could tell you, personally". And just continue your interview.
Psychology does pay off, if you're smart enough to initiate it.
Been there, done that.