Getting employment with a criminal background
You may be able to take part in a worker-trainee program. These programs may enable those who have difficulty finding a job, including those with a criminal background, gain support and possible access to various employment opportunities.
The agencies that take part in this program may hire you temporarily so that you can further your work experience and develop skills for the future.
If you can demonstrate a good work ethic, then the agency may opt to hire you for a full-time position.
Generally, there are many cases where people with a criminal record have been successful with the program and were able to obtain employment. You may consider discussing your options with the nearest unemployment agency.
Remorse over criminal record
During an interview with a potential employer, it may be beneficial to be remorseful over you criminal background. You may be more likely to obtain employment if you also explain your rehabilitation efforts since the conviction.
You may also want to include how those experiences enabled you to grow as an individual and how it has possibly provided some humility in your life. If you portray a positive attitude about your situation, then you might have a better chance of getting hired.
Expunging your criminal record may be another option for you. Your convictions and arrests can be sealed and in turn, you may not have to report these events to your employer.
In some cases, your employment application may only ask about your criminal records over the last seven years. Any other records prior to this may not need to be reported at all.
Felony exungements vary from state to state, so it might be a good idea to consult with a criminal attorney for legal guidance and expungement procedures.
Getting a pardon for good conduct or disabilities
You may be able to get certificates that may give you a legal pardon from your criminal record. The certificate for good conduct can be given to those who have committed more than one felony while the disabilities certificate applies to those convicted of a misdemeanor or one felony conviction.
These certificates are usually good for those applying in real estate, pharmacy or public notary positions. They may also open more opportunities for you in the future.
While a certificate for disabilities can be essentially given right after the felony, a certificate of good conduct may only be obtained after an approximate three-year waiting period.
If you are looking for immediate employment and have a criminal background, then you might want to consult with an employment attorney about your options.