Will a Criminal Record Make it Harder to Get a Job?

According to research, nearly one-third of the adult working population in the U.S. has a criminal record. Securing a good job can be challenging for anyone, but it can be twice as hard for those with a criminal record, even if you’re more than qualified. Unfortunately, if you’ve been found guilty of crimes in the past, you will find it more challenging to pursue specific job opportunities. If you’re facing criminal charges, it’s in your best interest to connect with a determined Bergen County Criminal Defense Attorney who can help you avoid the long-term ramifications of a criminal conviction. Please continue reading to learn how a criminal record can impact your ability to get a job. 

How Can a Criminal Record Impact Your Ability to Get a Job?

When applying for a job, employers have the right to conduct a background check. When a potential employer performs a background check, they can find information about past criminal convictions. Most employers consider how long ago the conviction was, the nature of the crime committed, evidence of rehabilitation, and the conviction’s relationship to the job being sought. Employers look into candidates’ criminal backgrounds because they can be held liable if they hire an employee guilty of violent or other damaging offenses. For instance, if a company hires an individual as a driver and they’ve been convicted of driving while under the influence (DUI), the company may be liable if the employee drinks on the job and then seriously injures or kills another driver on the road.

In addition, employers are looking for trustworthy employees. Let’s say you’ve been convicted of a theft crime; you may pose a significant risk as you’re more likely to steal from the business than someone without a theft conviction. Employers also want to avoid bringing danger into their workplace. An ex-offender can exhibit behaviors that harm your company, other employees, and customers. Furthermore, there’s always the speculation of whether an individual will relapse and commit another crime. As such, you may be denied a job because of your criminal background.

How Can I Maximize My Chances of Getting a Job?

While getting a job with a criminal record may be difficult, it’s not impossible. You can maximize your chances of success by being honest in your job application. It’s crucial to prove how you’ve moved on and learned from your experience. You could be fired if you have a criminal record and lie about past convictions. You should provide a detailed explanation of your rehabilitation efforts and provide your potential employer with excellent references.

Being convicted of a crime can feel life-shattering as it can affect your job search and potential growth in your current workplace. Although you may have already completed your sentence and paid your debts to society, you may find obtaining a job with a criminal record difficult. At the Law Office of Carl Spector, we are prepared to help effectively represent your interests and fight for the best possible outcome for your case.