"I have been applying for several (job's on & off snag-a-job) and have gotten interviews. All the apps ask about convictions for felonies and misdemeanors. l currently have a misdemeanor from 2008 and I always disclose it. At the interviews they act like they didn't see my answer and then when the subject comes up the interview is over. So, I tried a different approach and started disclosing the fact that I have one and a copy of my background check. I offer to provide them with a copy, say I'm available to openly discuss during an interview. Since trying that approach, no interviews. The conviction is an assault charge, which I know is a person to person crime and looked down upon heavily, but mine is from a fight with my younger sister.? My question: Will anyone ever hire me? If it was any other crime or a felony, I'd be working."
I’m sorry to hear about your job search struggles. Prior to coming to Snagajob, I worked with people with misdemeanors and felonies on their records search for jobs.
The short answer to your question is: Yes, someone will hire you. Here are two tips from my experience that might help you find get that “yes”.
First, your initial approach seems like it was getting you better results so I would stick with the approach that landed you interviews. I would also suggest that you leave your background check at home. Once you hand it over, employers are probably stuck reading it instead of listening to what you have to say.
Second, when the subject comes up in the interview, there is a three-part answer to questions related to the misdemeanor on your record. I’ve seen a lot of people find success using this method.
How to answer questions about your record:
Briefly describe what happened. You don’t need to go into too much detail. Employers are looking to see if you accept responsibility for what happened.
2.What you did while incarcerated
Did you take any classes or programs? If you weren’t incarcerated or your time was too short to participate in any programs, what did you do to better yourself and your situation? Did you volunteer in the community? Did you reconcile with your sister? Take anger management classes? Employers are looking to see if you took the opportunity to make the best out of a bad situation.
3.What you are doing now
Are you still volunteering in the community? Are you furthering your education? What positive activities are you currently involved in? Employers are looking to see if you have truly learned from your mistake and are moving on with your life. Their biggest concern is history repeating itself. Give them reason to believe that the mistake you made is not who you are.
I hope these tips will help you in your job search.
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