/ Asked by Holly
What's the best way to get into the job market if you have a theft felony on your record?
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.
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Answered by Mandy, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Great question. You want to be open and honest regarding the felony on your application or during the phone interview if the question is asked. During our phone interview we ask, "Have you ever been convicted of any misdeameanors or felonies?" We don't ask for a specific time frame, just if you've ever been convicted. Companies understand different situations so be honest and you could still have a good chance of getting hired.



Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, August 6, 2015
It may concern you that you may not be able to get a job when you have a record, but often times that is not the case. Many companies will look at situations on a case by case basis and how it could impact the role that you are interested in. Also, the length of time can play a part to if the felony is even still noted on your record. The most important thing is to be up front and honest with the organization. This means that you should answer any screening questions truthfully, and respond to any background check questions with complete details. Good luck in your search!
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