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Have You Hired a Convicted Criminal?

Posted in News & Events, News Articles on 10/19/2012

In contrast to news reports and the EEOC guidance released in April, 51% of companies surveyed by CareerBuider in May and June of this year have answered “yes” to this question.

There have been many attention grabbing news headlines lately about people not getting hired because they have a criminal record and who are not being given a second chance.  According to recent surveys from SHRM nearly 92% of companies use some form of a criminal background check, but the news from CareerBuilder indicates that a criminal record in itself may not necessarily be the reason people are not getting hired for the jobs they applied.

Many companies are willing to give people a second chance and have offered these tips to job applicants with a criminal record:
• Be honest and show how you have grown and learned from the crime.
• Make yourself marketable.  Take classes or learn new skills.
• Apply for jobs where the conviction should not be a factor, and don’t apply for jobs where the criminal record is an automatic disqualification.
• Try temporary or freelance work to rebuild your resume and to prove yourself to potential employers.
• Be truthful.  The fact that you have a conviction may not disqualify you, but lying about being convicted may.

For more information on the CareerBuilder survey, click here.  For more information on the EEOC Guidance, click here.  For more information on criminal records, contact BackTrack at 800-991-9694.