Re-entering the Workplace after a Conviction
Finding a job after you've been convicted of a crime is a challenge
Employers have become increasingly cautious about hiring convicted criminals when selecting candidates for jobs. They are often very thorough in looking up criminal records. The chances are that, even if you haven't disclosed your past to a potential employer, they probably already know about it.
It may be beneficial for you to have items on your criminal record removed. To do so, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you expunge information from your records. To find out how we can help you, call Donahue, Sowa & Magana today at 630-232-1780 or contact us online.
Job Hunting After a Conviction
Although many people say they would like to allow rehabilitated offenders to become productive members of society, we often do not give them the basic support to make that happen, such as access to employment.
Whether we like it or not, former criminals are often discriminated against in hiring processes. There are a few reasons why this happens.
First of all, employing a convict carries some risk for the employer. In the past, companies have been sued because an individual they hired who had a criminal record ended up causing harm. Also, it could be a disadvantage for some companies to hire a former offender, for example, if they have to disclose information about their employees to clients or partners.
Job Hunting Tips for Former Offenders
There's no doubt about it, job hunting with a criminal record is a big challenge. However, we have some advice to make the process a little easier:
- Always be honest and up-front about your past. Some employers may hold it against you, but others will respect the fact that you told the truth and may think of you as someone they can trust.
- Realize that your first job upon re-entering the workforce will probably not be your top choice. You'll have to work your way up.
- Use the employment services provided by government agencies and non-profit organizations.
- Look for jobs where your particular offense will not be an issue.
- Don't use drugs and alcohol. Many employers will require a drug test before they officially hire you.
The effects of a criminal conviction can last a long time after you've paid your debt to society. The criminal defense lawyers at Donahue, Sowa & Magana can help you in your quest for employment.