Given the difficulty of getting hired in today's job market, in general, let alone if you have a criminal record I was pleasantly surprised to see the results of a new Careerbuilder survey.
The survey reports that 51% of percent of Human Resource managers reported that their organizations have hired someone with a criminal record.
What can job seekers with criminal records do to make themselves more marketable to employers? Hiring managers suggest:
- Be up front and honest about the conviction and stress that you learned from it – 68%
- Be willing to work your way up – 48%
- Stay positive – 46%
- Prepare while you’re in prison (take classes, get a degree or vocational training) – 39%
- Don’t apply to jobs where your record would automatically disqualify you – 31%
- Volunteer – 31%
- Take freelance or temporary assignments – 26%
- Consider joining the military – 18%
- Start your own business – 16%
- Monitor what is said on social media – 13%
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