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Meet the employment challenge head-on after a conviction

When you have a criminal conviction, it can be hard to find a job. This is something that can greatly impact your life because you need a job to support yourself. People will tell you that you need to turn your life around so you don't face more criminal charges. What they don't realize is that you are facing what can seem like an impossible battle.

One thing to remember when you are searching for a job but have a criminal conviction on your record is that you might have to consider a job that you wouldn't have thought about before the conviction. There is a chance that having a solid work history might help you find a better job. It also gives you the chance to earn money to support yourself while you are trying to build that work history.

Another point to remember is that certain convictions might bar you from being able to do some lines of work. If you have a drug conviction, for example, you likely won't be able to work in a pharmacy. A person who was convicted of theft might not be offered a job working a cash register.

You also need to make sure that you are being honest about your criminal history. It might seem easier to be untruthful on your application or in an interview, but this could cost you a job. Employers might be willing to give you a chance if they see that you are being honest and truly want to turn your life around. It might help to review a company's policies about criminal records before you apply.

Source: Goodwill Industries, "Find a Job if You Have a Criminal Background," Brad Turner-Little, accessed Jan. 19, 2018

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