When I was 22, I became a convicted felon over some pretty serious and hurtful choices I made in life. I ended up being incarcerated until the age of 33; I am 36 now. Since my release, I have worked hard to move forward with my life and make positive decisions for myself and others – I’ve stayed crime-free, I have gotten an Associate’s Degree, and I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree currently. I was also fortunate to find an entry level job; one which I was able to get promoted several times due to my hard-work and dedication. However, the company I worked for was bought by a much larger company that doesn’t allow felons to work in any higher sort of capacity, so basically I am stuck where I am at and don’t have any future prospects for job growth. So, I find myself looking at the possibility of finding other employment: My questions are as follows:1.Is there anything that I can do to mitigate my criminal past somewhat when it comes to future employment? 2.Are there any fields or companies who may be willing to look past my bad choices and give me a chance?Thanks for your response!
First off good for you for changing your life around and focusing on being the person now, that your younger self needed then. Hopefully you can be an example to other young people who are facing challenges…View all answers »
Do insurance companies and banks offer jobs to people with simple misdemeanors (like traffic tickets) during the pre-employment screening and background check?
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I transferred universities a couple times over the course of my college career, and I'm wondering if I should include those two previous schools on my resume? I had a really hard time figuring out what I wanted when I got to college, and I'm worried employers will see it on my resume and think I'm flaky or unprofessional (even though I eventually ended up at a school I really love). Would I get in trouble for not having those others listed?
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