It’s no secret that a criminal conviction will have a profound impact on your life. The collateral consequences of these convictions can range from not being able to own a firearm to having trouble finding suitable employment.
Without being able to get a job, you won’t be able to support yourself. This could lead you to have to make drastic decisions about the direction of your life. Consider these tips to help you find an employer who will give you the opportunity to earn a living.
Craft a convincing resume
The resume you hand in to potential employers is often the first impression they have of you. You need to look for places where you can stand out. For example, list unique or in-demand skills if you have them. Consider taking training classes or courses to show that you have formal training in the area you’re trying to find a job in.
Be honest with the employer
Never try to hide your conviction from a potential employer. While you don’t have to volunteer information, you do need to answer honestly if you’re asked if you have a criminal history.
Learn about incentives
Some employers can receive special incentives from the government if they hire people who have a criminal record. There’s even a bonding program to provide protection for employers who hire someone with a criminal record.
Rebuilding your life after a criminal conviction isn’t always easy. Certain tools in Washington, such as expungements, may enhance your chance of a better life. Second chances aren’t always easy to find, but having experienced legal guidance can be beneficial.