Almost every job application will pose some variation of the question,
“Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” In addition to
this inquiry, you will most likely be the subject of a background check
following your application submission.
The possibility of facing employer discrimination as someone who has been
convicted of a crime is discouraging. However, there are a few things
to keep in mind while job hunting, which will ensure the information you
provide is completely accurate.
Know the Specifications of Your Conviction
When you decide to begin your job search, prepare by gathering information
on your conviction(s) ahead of time. Contact the proper authorities to
acquire records of your crimes, and understand exactly what your charges
and settlements were. Some applications may require greater detail on
your criminal history than others, and some employers may ask for further
information in your interview.
Understand Exactly What the Application is Asking, and Answer Appropriately
Depending on the position you are applying for, the application will require
varying levels of explanation about your criminal record. Read the sections
related to convictions thoroughly, and make sure you fully understand
what information is needed before you answer — you don’t want
to provide more information than is necessary. Look out for whether or
not the question details a specific timeline or asks only about more serious
offenses, and only provide the amount of detail that is requested on the
Don’t Focus Completely on Your Criminal History
As someone who has been convicted of a crime, questions about your criminal
background on a job application can be very intimidating. Remember: the
purpose of a job application is to evaluate your qualifications for the
position, not your criminal record. Although your record will be assessed,
it is not the focus. Provide the required information on the criminal
history questions, but be sure to detail your professional experience
as well! These questions can be disheartening, but do not allow the criminal
background section to distract you from completing a job application to
the best of your ability.
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