Drug charges on your criminal record might not appeal to some companies, but it does not mean you can never find a job. In fact, finding employment is an excellent way to lower your recidivism risks and improve your life.
Knowing how to balance finding a job when you have a criminal record can make a difference in your success.
Focus on your reputation
Some job applications might ask if you have a criminal record. You should always provide an honest answer to this inquiry. Other companies might also require a background check before they hire you. According to Monster.com, one survey reported that 94% of employers used some form of background screening.
While you cannot control how employers respond to the information they hear, you can control your behavior and the way you present yourself to them. Focus on your reputation and what you can do to make a good first impression. Dress professionally, make eye contact and exude confidence.
Strategize your response
Think carefully about your response to questions about your past. Remember that you do not have to share sensitive details. There are ways to provide an adequate answer without incriminating yourself. A strategic response focuses less on what happened and more on how your experiences helped you grow.
You can talk about the lessons you learned and your goals for the future. Highlight your competencies and help the interviewer see your potential. The right approach to finding a job may facilitate a successful outcome regardless of what your rap sheet looks like.