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Overcoming your conviction to get a good job

Some employers may be leery about hiring applicants with criminal records. However, this does not have to stop those with such convictions from obtaining quality work positions.

Along with organizations willing to assist citizens with past convictions, there are things formerly convicted citizens may do themselves. If you or a loved one has prior convictions, there are a few things to consider when seeking a good job.

Your rights

Different states have their own pre-employment screening laws that govern under what conditions an employer can or cannot refuse to hire applicants. Also, laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act may provide protection from discrimination under certain classifications. It may be beneficial to contact and research the Department of Labor or the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission to learn what disqualifiers you may face.

Your record

Make sure you know what is showing on your record; there is a shocking number of incorrect criminal records. In many cases, the records may show a conviction for a crime, though the individual may have only been charged but not convicted. Even in the case that an individual did receive a conviction, in some states, it may be possible to get a record expungement. The process is not easy, but it is definitely worth it to provide someone with a clean slate.

Your training

For individuals with special skill sets, it may be possible to develop and cultivate well-paying careers. For instance, those with a knack for IT may be able to secure lucrative careers as web designers, computer techs and more. Those who do not have previous training may seek out training in certain career fields, such as:

  • Automotive technology
  • Skill trades
  • Art and design
  • Culinary arts

These are a few of the most common career fields anyone with a record may seek. For those with business skills, it may be possible to develop a business.

Though a criminal conviction can be limiting, it does not have to be. Take some time to do your research to see what options are available.

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