An employer asking for your criminal record does not automatically mean you are in trouble! Here is how you should handle the situation

Criminals “pay” for their punishment by serving out a sentence, whether it’s jail time, community service, and/ or more. But as much as you’d think punishment ends when you are released, it doesn’t! Not only do you leave with emotional strain, but you leave also with a mark on your permanent record that can and will be dug up every now and then.

Employers can request a background of your criminal record and if so, you must oblige and provide the information. If they do not, you are not required to disclose that information. Unfortunately for you, employers can decide not to hire you if they consider you a threat to the workplace.

If the employer asks for your criminal record, do not lose hope! Just because they ask for it does not mean they are already turning you down or firing you. Be honest with them regarding your record – honesty really goes a long way, especially in a sensitive matter like this. Express regret and remorse and explain what you have learned from the situation. Then fight for yourself – provide solid references from previous employers who may back you up too. It is most important to show and prove you are not that criminal. Don’t give up on yourself again!

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