Andrew H. Stevenson, Attorney at Law
Job hunting tips for those with a criminal record
Do you have a criminal record? Are you searching for employment? If you answered yes to these questions, you know how difficult it can be to land a job.
While some companies may not check your background, most realize that this is an important part of the hiring process. When a background check shows that you have a criminal record, it could disqualify you from further consideration.
There are a variety of tips you can use to your advantage when seeking employment with a criminal record. Consider the following:
- Be open and honest upfront. Rather than lie on a job application, stating that you don't have a criminal record, bring this to the forefront as soon as possible. This shows that you are honest, and it also gives you the opportunity to explain yourself.
- Know what they can check. There are things that a company can check and things that they cannot. While honesty is always the best policy, you may not need to disclose information related to an arrest (as long as there was no conviction).
- There is more than what you see on the surface. There is a big difference between a drug conviction last year and a DUI conviction 15 years ago when you were a college student. Employers take a variety of details into consideration when making a decision on your employment potential.
There is no denying the fact that finding employment with a criminal record can be a challenge. Even so, it doesn't mean it's impossible. There are steps you can take to put yourself in a better light.
Final tip: before you begin your job search, determine if there is any way to clear your criminal record. If possible, you'll want to take the necessary steps. This will make it much easier to find a job that suits your wants and needs.
If you are finding it difficult to land a job as the result of your criminal record, don't hesitate to consult with an attorney. Your legal team may be able to help clear your criminal record, which will work in your favor as your job search continues. This is not something you want to overlook during this time of your life.