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Finding a job with a criminal record

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2019 | Dui, Firm News |

For a person in Nebraska who has been arrested for and convicted of a crime, the process of re-establishing their life in a positive way can often feel daunting. One of the first things a person needs to move forward and rebuild their life is a way to support themselves. With so many employers conducting background checks these days, it can be hard to hide a criminal past. This, however, need not deter job seekers as it is very possible to find a good job even with a criminal record.

According to Monster, a survey conducted by the Charles Koch Institute and the Society for Human Resources Management found that two out of three human resources professionals believed that candidates with criminal pasts can offer just as much value to a company as can candidates with no such records. In addition, eight out of ten hiring managers agreed with them.

It can be helpful for people seeking a new job to do their own background check so they have an idea of the type of information that a potential employer might see. The Houston Chronicle explains that this can give people a chance to figure out how to discuss their histories. It is important to focus not on the details of the arrest or conviction but on what the person has learned from the experience. The goal of any conversation should be to reassure a company that the event is not something that will be repeated.

It is also wise for people to avoid applying for jobs that may be directly impacted by the type of conviction. For example, a person with a drunk driving conviction might choose to not apply for a job as a bus driver.