Answered by Kim, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Good question! While it might seem like a think of you past will prevent you from bettering yourself in the future, that's not always the case. First and foremost, APPLY! If you see a position that you're interested in, apply to it. Second, be honest and upfront about your indiscretion. Most companies do background checks, so you never want to lie and later have it be found out. Some companies also have a limitation of how far back they check your record, so if it was something that happened 10+ years ago, it might not even be an issue now. As long as you're up front and honest, you could very well stand a good chance of getting hired.