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How can you overcome a criminal conviction to get a job?

Many individuals pay their debt to society but still find it hard to find reliable work once released. Fortunately, South Carolina lawmakers have made it easier for those with criminal convictions on their records to retain jobs. Minor offenses committed a pre-determined time ago will no longer appear on publicly available records.

Expungement is also a possibility, but many pieces of criteria need to be present. For the time being, it can be exceptionally tough for those with even one criminal offense to get a job. There are courses of action this demographic can take to try to secure work. 

Tell the truth during interviews

Many job applications require jobseekers to state whether they have a criminal record. Some people try to lie. However, employers who ask this question almost certainly conduct background checks independently and will quickly know if you lied. The best thing is to be honest. You can explain the circumstances surrounding the criminal offense during the interview and make a case for why you are still the best applicant for the job.

Find companies that actively hire people with criminal records

It is tough for ex-convicts. Fortunately, many companies make it a point to fire these people to give them a second chance. The reason many companies do this is to take advantage of certain tax credits, but you can reap the benefits, too. Some companies that do this include:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Arco
  • Dairy Queen
  • Denny's
  • Exxon Mobil

Provide letters of recommendation

Not all companies require letters of recommendation. However, when you have a criminal past, it is good to have these letters just in case. Landlords and former employers can write these for you that attest to your skills and positive attitude. Providing positive information to balance out your criminal record can help increase your odds of success.

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