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Finding a new job after a conviction

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2018 | Criminal Defense

After being arrested for and charged with a criminal offense, many people in Minnesota may understandably become worried about how the experience could impact their futures. When applying for a new job, it is common to expect that the potential employer will conduct a background check. If that background check reveals a criminal past, the candidate might be at a disadvantage for being hired for the role. 

There are ways to get a job even with a criminal record. Monster.com recommends that people should have their own background check run before they apply for any jobs. This will give them insight into any errors and allow them to have the mistakes corrected. It will also show them exactly what will appear on the check so they can be ready to speak to the facts when the time comes.

According to U.S. News and World Report, finding the right time to tell a potential employer about a criminal record may make a big difference in whether or not a person might be hired. A 2013 EmployeeScreenIQ survey found that more than half of employers would be more likely to offer a job to a candidate with a criminal past if that person proactively disclosed the information before the background check results were received than if the candidate allowed the employer to find out about it via the background check results.

When telling a company about a criminal past, people should focus the conversation on what was learned and how the behavior has not created a pattern.