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Is it possible to get a job with a conviction on your record?

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2023 | Criminal Law |

Job hunting has its own challenges that are easily exacerbated by things like anxiety and lack of preparation. Add a criminal conviction to the mix and you may have doubts that you will ever have employment again.

Despite what some might say, you have ample opportunity to secure a job regardless of your criminal past. Knowing how to manage your past while looking for employment can make a big difference in your success.

Finetune your resume

A great first step is to finetune your resume with some reorganization and an easy-to-follow style. If there is a significant gap in your employment history because of incarceration, do your best to highlight accomplishments in other areas of your life while maintaining honesty about the dates. A well-written resume is the first step in your success of catching the eyes of companies seeking to hire.

Highlight your potential

Sure, you have a criminal record. However, your past does not have to rob you of a successful and happy future. Make a list of all the great qualities you have. When you go in for a job interview, know how to market yourself and your skills. Highlight your potential and help the interviewer envision the difference you could make if they chose to hire you.

Discuss lessons learned

There is something of value in being able to talk about mistakes from the perspective of lessons learned. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, rather than focus solely on your criminal history, tell the interviewer about volunteer work, job training programs or any education you completed while incarcerated. Tell them about how your experiences made you a better person.


Helping employers see your potential will require confidence and professionalism. Your preparation can make a considerable difference in your delivery and job-seeking experience.