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Finding a job after an arrest

It is not uncommon for people in Wisconsin to have found themselves in situations where they are placed under arrest. Even if a person is not ultimately convicted of a crime, the experience can be trying and leave someone concerned about their future. One consideration for people is how they will get a job if they have an arrest on their record and especially if they have a conviction on their record.

The good news is that it is possible to find a new job after a criminal arrest or conviction. There may be extra steps a person should take and U.S. News and World Report suggests that developing a strong network and set of references is one way to help people in this situation. These people may provide leads on open positions as well as be able to attest to a person's professional work and character.

A background check is today a standard part of the job hiring process for most employers. When a candidate has made it to the point in the process where a check will be conducted, Glassdoor recommends that this would be a good time for them to provide information to the potential employer about their criminal record. The information provided should be accurate but factual and focused primarily on what the person has learned so as to reassure the employer that the experience will not be repeated in the future.

A 2013 survey by EmployeeScreenIQ indicated that more than have of employers would be more likely to hire someone with a criminal background if the candidate self-disclosed the information prior to a background check versus waiting for the employer to learn about the information via the check.


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