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By clbkidd442004 ·
I would like to know how I would go about getting a job with a criminal record if its possible I am trying to pay my bills and I cant even do that

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If you have a lot to offer. . . .


Many people in your position look for work in the non-profit sector. The downside is that they don't pay as nearly as well as profit-making enterprises, but the upside is that because of this, the competition for their jobs is not as severe. Charities, environmental groups, wildlife and other animal rescue outfits, church-related endeavors, community-oriented science researh projects -- these are good places to look.

Civil service is also a possibility. After all, the government is charged with the responsibility of putting its money where its mouth is. It's their own contention that by the time you've been through their engine of rehabilitation, you are once again a respectable citizen. They are honor-bound to set an example for the rest of us.

Finally, there are organizations dedicated to helping people in your predicament. I can't name one or even point you to the right section in the Yellow Pages, but you can test your patience, dedication, and computer skills by finding them by yourself on the internet. This exercise will boost your self confidence and help you do well in an interview.

If you have any true friends and/or loving family, now is the time to beg them to prove it and stand up for you. You'll owe them a huge favor, but proving yourself worthy of their support and trust will go a long way toward paying it off.

Whatever you do, be honest. If an application form asks you about your criminal background (and there's usually a time limit on this), answer the question. If it comes up in an interview, use the opportunity to show off your ambition and your people skills by convincing them (assertively but not aggressively) that it's not an issue. The person interviewing you will already know your record, so even if they don't bring it up, try to read them and decide whether you should.

Good luck.

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Civil service? Maybe not

by JamesRL In reply to If you have a lot to offe ...

It depends on the type of job.

As someone who worked at a government agency which involved nuclear materials, I and everyone who worked there had extensive background checks. But any agency where privacy of data is concerned would also have extensive checks. Any agency that dealt with security, law enforcemnent etc., would have extensive checks. These days school boards do background checks - I had to have one to volunteer at my kids school, even though I had done one for work, and was cleared to Secret.

I would agree non profits would be something to look at. Many small businesses don't do background checks.

James Linn

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by admin In reply to Civil service? Maybe not

Having worked for Non-Profits, many of them work with vulnerable populations or PHI like hospitals and require extensive background checks.

One bit of advice though, although they might not hire you right off, depending on your situation, there are many non-profits that offer employment services to people in your position usually in conjunction with State programs. If you are asking for a job and declined, ask them if they offer job placement services and see if you qualify.

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If you have trouble finding a job

by maxwell edison In reply to BACKGROUND CHECKS

If anyone has trouble finding a job, regardless of the reason or reasons, there's always the option to start your own business. It may or may not be a business doing the thing for which you're job hunting, but sometimes circumstances dictate that people need to be flexible.

Can anyone start a business? Sure they can.

Does it necessarily require a large investment? Not necessarily.

I found myself in a position about 13 years ago when I was having trouble finding an acceptable job in my field of expertise. I had a stay-at-home-mom wife with a 3 month old baby, and no job and very little money. I started a business for twenty bucks - yes $20 - the cost of business cards from the local office supply company. I earned a couple thousand dollars a month for about six months until I finally found an acceptable job in my field. And I was really working only part time, because I was traveling to different cities looking for that "ideal" job.

And the funny thing is, I could have, if I wanted, continued to do my business on a full time basis, work on growing the business, and probably made just as much - OR MORE - money than my job paid.

It's something you might consider.

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wow $20

by Garion11 In reply to If you have trouble findi ...

Can i ask what you did? lol

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Maybe it was more than $20 - maybe $40

by maxwell edison In reply to wow $20

My business cards said, ACME (not the real name) contracting: Painting - Remodeling - Decks - And I forgot what all I put on it.

I painted houses, remodeled bathrooms, installed windows, built decks, etc. I went door to door to hand out my business cards and chat with home owners asking if they needed any work done.

One of the first houses I stopped at was that of a lady who was having a garage sale. She said, "Sure, now that I have all this stuff out of my garage, I need the walls in the garage painted. How much?" I think I said $200 plus materials for the painting the inside of the garage. (It also involved moving a lot of stuff back and forth.) Before she was through with me, I had painted her whole house, inside and out, and built a deck in her backyard. I think I made several thousand dollars just off her - and more from her neighbors.

I was turning down work so I could "go to work" when I eventually found a job (about 6-9 months later) in a city 700 miles away. (The same job I have now, by the way.)

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By the way

by maxwell edison In reply to wow $20

The point is that if a person waits around for "someone to hire me", or for the government to do something, or for something to fall into their lap, they may as well wait for **** to freeze over. Just go out a do what you need to do. Take 100 percent personal responsibility, and just do it.

And although my "business" may not have sounded like much of a real business, it was - and could have turned into something rather significant. If I had not eventually landed a job, I was busy enough to consider hiring others to help me, and move out of my own "garage".

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You motivate me lol

by Garion11 In reply to By the way

I have a consulting business on the side (like 2-3 home clients) and I am thinking of going making it fulltime for homes only, no businesses. So we will see, but thats great that you did that. Dunno much about your situation but you should have kept at it, lol. Thanks for the info.

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Who would hire you?

by johann2_2 In reply to BACKGROUND CHECKS

I am curious about just one thing! How can anyone accuratley reply to that question? You give absolutley no detail about yourself, the type of work you are looking for or anything else for that matter. We are not looking for details here but some sort of information could be of assistance.


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I tend to think the same as johann2

by TomSal In reply to Who would hire you?

How can one give you an accurately (or at least reasonably accurate) answer to such a question with little or no information?

You know its kind of hard to ask because I don't want to bring up bad memories or seem like I'm prying but based on your question it does matter WHAT WAS YOUR CRIME?

Lets be honest, if I were an employer and found out lets say you were locked up for your ignorance to paying dozens upon dozens of parking tickets -- I could likely see past that if you seemed to have the skills and demonstrated yourself with sincerity and professionalism. However, if your crime was grand theft auto or say assaulting someone (I'll both pretend and hope its not that severe though in reality) there's no way I'd hire you AT ALL.

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