Applying for a Job With a Criminal Record
The federal government is realizing how much criminal convictions for even minor transgressions of the law can hold people back from getting or keeping jobs. Currently, one in four Americans has a criminal conviction of some sort. Employers have a lot of access to applicants’ background reports. Employers can hold some convictions against you, but not others, and employers are required to follow certain procedures when looking into your criminal background.
This new video by the Federal Trade Commission provides some helpful information about how to deal with your criminal conviction when applying for jobs and what rights you have if you think an employer is discriminating against you for your criminal record: