How can I approach job hunting with a criminal record?

If you are like a lot of people in Pennsylvania who have had some type of brush with the law, one of the concerns on your mind is how you can get your life back on a more positive track. Finding a good job is one part of doing this. In today’s world, it is very common for companies to run pre-employment background checks on job candidates before they finalize a job offer and hire a person. This means your criminal record is likely to be discovered by a potential employer. However, this does not mean you cannot still get a job.

Glassdoor recommends that one thing you should do is to run your own background check. This will give you insight into what level of detail a company might actually receive when they run a background check. Armed with this information, you can prepare how to discuss the information with them. It is important that you have this conversation proactively before they discover anything on their own, yet you do not want to offer details too soon in the process.

When disclosing your criminal record with a potential employer, you should avoid going into too many details about the situation and instead focus on what you learned from it and what you have done since to ensure that you do not have any repeat experiences.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give people in Pennsylvania an idea of how they may find a good job even after having been convicted of a criminal offense.