Applying for a Job with a Criminal Record

Applying for a Job with a Criminal Record

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[Music] applying for jobs when you have a criminal record can often be a frustrating experience in this video we’ll go over how to navigate the application process and overcome some of the more difficult aspects when applying to jobs it’s important that you tell the truth about your criminal record if you lie about it it will endanger your chances of getting the job imagine that you don’t include your record on an application and they decide to offer you the job after this they run a background check and find out about your convictions the odds are that they’ll take back their offer after finding out you were dishonest with them it’s always best to be upfront about your record even if it seems like it might lower your chances one method of applying for a job is introducing yourself to the employer directly this is really only possible with smaller businesses where it’s easier to get in touch with managers or owners but it does have a number of benefits by talking with them face-to-face they can get a better idea of who you are as a person rather than going off of your application you also have more leverage in how you bring up and discuss your record giving you an opportunity to better explain things with larger businesses introducing yourself in person isn’t always an option and some employers may even find it annoying in these cases you need to fill out a written or online application instead depending on where you live the application may feature a question asking if you’ve ever been convicted this is often referred to as the box it’s usually followed by a section asking you to list your charges and the dates they occurred in recent years a campaign called ban the box has emerged with the goal of making it illegal to include the Box on applications certain states like Connecticut Illinois and Hawaii have already outlawed the box with many other states and counties following in their footsteps you’ll want to research to see if your state or county has adopted this law if the application asks about your record it’s important that you read the question carefully and take note of the specific information they want for example they might only be requesting felonies so if you have a misdemeanor you would check No you don’t want to include any unnecessary information that might hurt your chances regardless of how you go about applying for a job we hope these steps will help you to land an interview Goodwill Community Foundation creating opportunities for a better life

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