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Overcoming Past Legal Issues to Land the Job

Overcoming Past Legal Issues to Land the Job
From Recruiter - February 9, 2017

Questions around past legal trouble have come up multiple times recently, so its worth addressing. A reader writes, Im a job seeker with a felony record and a college degree. I cant expunge the record, and Im not sure what to do. Where should I begin?

First, Im sorry to hear that this is a common issuepeople face in the work world. It can be difficult from both the employees and the employers perspective. One common scenario is someone making amistake at a young age, learning from the experience, growing up, and moving on. Unfortunately, theirlegal record doesnt move on with them.

In todays competitive job market, past legal issues can still impact your ability to land a jobeven if those issues should rightfully be left in the past. People hire people, and people have biases.

Given this challenging reality, here are a few tips you can follow if you find yourself in this situation:

Focus on Relationships

First, makeabsolutely sure theres no possible way to clear your record. Then, begin to work on your job search strategy. Much like someone just starting their career, you will need to prove yourself to future employers. One very good way to do that isby building relationships.

Start with a list of potential employers. Consider targeting relatively small companies, as that will give you a better shot at connecting with an owner, executive, or hiring manager. Look for opportunities to network within these companies and within your target industry. You want to get to know the decision-makers.



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