Jul 31, 2019 - 01:11 PM
Know your rights when it comes to jobs and criminal records. There are instances in which you do not have to disclose your history, including when an arrest doesn’t result in a conviction, or a minor drug offense occurred, and a certain number of years have passed since the conviction. There are other cases in which you don't have to disclose your history. To be sure you are not disclosing things that can potentially harm your chances of employment, you should consult an attorney.
It is illegal to immediately disqualify a candidate because he or she has an arrest record. This does not mean that discrimination doesn't happen, which is why you need to be informed of your rights. Employers must demonstrate that your conviction is "job related" for them to discount you.
The best thing you can do to generate interviews and move past your history is leverage your network. Speak to friends and family members to help you serve as your advocate. People make mistakes and your past doesn’t have to serve as a permanent reminder of what your future holds. Have people write letters of recommendation on your behalf and don’t be afraid to be honest about the past.