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Welcome to Job-Stuff. I hope the information and musing here are helpful in your journey through the "Transition-Zone". Please also check out the "Zero To Network Blog", since Business Networking is a major weapon in your job seeking arsenal.

First and foremost, I have walked in your shoes. I had a senior level position at a Fortune 500 company and felt my career was invincible. In prior years, I merely wrote my resume, called a headhunter and posted my job on Monster. And the hiring executives came a callin!

When I was asked to step into the "transition" zone, I dreamt of double dipping on my severance package. Reality: Over a year later, with my severance a distant memory, I finally found a great job.

During my transition, I started a contract services company and also became an Executive Recruiter (aka HeadHunter). I learned a lot about myself during this chapter. And - oh the mistakes I made - which I will share with you here. I believe it is important to laugh at yourself, your mistakes and share them with others, so that you don't make the same ones (I am sure you will make your own, which is how we learn).

I hope you find Job-Stuff Blog helpful in your career transition. Stephen Harris

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Thursday, May 5
Job Seeking with a Criminal Record

While attending a Business Networking meeting recently, a participant disclosed that they had recently been convicted of a misdemeanor (no not me!) and is also in a job search. So how do you handle this when seeking employment?

 

First and foremost, you must not lie or be deceptive about this situation. A basic background check will uncover this and if you lied, you can be fired immediately. However, a couple thoughts on this subject:

 

1) If you have a misdemeanor, and are asked if you had a felony, you do not need to respond.

2) If you are not asked, you may not need to share this information.

3) If you were NOT convicted, no worries - no mention or disclosure is required.

 

I found an interesting article that discusses this subject in more detail. There was one paragraph that caught my attention, regarding a "Certificate of Relief from Disabilities". "As an ex-offender you can restore your rights to engage in certain types of employment by obtaining a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct.".

 

Consult with your attorney to learn more, and to determine how this may benefit you in your search.

 

However, in the same light as being asked why there is a gap of time in your employment record: have a concise and short response ready to explain the offense. Don't caste blame, owe up to your offense, stay positive and explain how you may have learned from the situation. You might even consider carrying a brief statement document that outlines the offense and any supporting statements from a lawyer or law enforcement officer. Naturally, if you suspect the position will require a clean record (security guard, law enforcement, security clearance positions), shy away - why subject yourself to a negative situation.

 

Lastly, if the offense is of a serious nature; use this opportunity to seek another line of work that may be more accepting and beneficial. Stay positive, think creatively and you will find something great - no matter your situation.

 

Readers: If you have thoughts or experience or successful methods for handling this situation, please leave a comment or email me. I will keep responses confidential but know you are doing something positive for someone in need.


Click here to read the article mentioned previously.



Posted at Thursday, May 05, 2005 by sph001

 

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