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Son Has Bad Police Record, Will That Be an Issue?


Dear Experts,

My son is in a job that has the potential of him getting laid off. He has a DUI and disorderly conduct charges on his record. Regardless of the record, he is very responsible and works hard. Will it be difficult for him to find a job that will understand his situation?

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

@juliaerickson Q#157 Having job now gd recc, can get referrals; cd look b4 layoff 2 avoid appearance his past caused layoff.

@juliaerickson Q#157 Be honest; bckgrnd chck’ll find record, lie worse offense; reality: some emp’rs WILL elim him b/c of past.

@DebraWheatman Q#157 Get very positive references attesting to character & abilities. Recognize mistakes and explain to potential hiring mgr.

@jtodonnell Q#157 DUI = Hard to Get Hired. He needs to network w/people who know he is credible – http://ow.ly/dlzC

@resumesrevealed Q#157 Maybe hard w/police record, but see if current emplyr is willing to give him great recommendation – tht will help.

@ValueIntowords Q#157 Agree w/others. And, if haven’t yet done so, request copy of driving record from DMV 2 see exact report.

@gradversity Q#157 It may be more difficult when applying to open jobs, but not impossible. In his situation, networking is very important.

@elysewilliamson Q#157 Echo others: be upfront. Have good work refs ready 2 vouch 4 his work reliability + learning from mistake since then.

@haroldmellor Q#157 Make sure he addresses past. Many co’s perform background checks – don’t want them to find out w/o him controlling msg.

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