In today's job market, finding employment can be a difficult, lengthy, and extremely competitive process. As of May 2013, the median unemployment duration in the United States was just over 17 weeks. On average, 118 people apply for any given job opening, with only twenty-percent making it to an interview. Related: How To Prepare Yourself For A Background Check For those with criminal records - about 65 million Americans according to some estimates - the outlook is even less promising. While the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission states that "a person cannot be denied employment based on a criminal record alone," a criminal history undoubtable has a major impact on the hiring process for many businesses. According to a Princeton study, job applicants with a criminal conviction are nearly 50 percent less likely to be called back or receive a job offer. In fact, many large companies have blanket no-hire policies (the legality of which is a different post altogether). So, when you're trying to find a job with a criminal record, what are your options?