Expect employers to do a background check on you and remember that having a few bad marks doesn't always keep you from getting the job.
Most employers do background checks on job candidates. However, a less-than-perfect past is not the kiss of death. The key is to understand why employers need to know certain information.
Employers want to know if a candidate:
Employers also have a legal duty to exercise "due diligence" when hiring. This means that they are responsible for finding out if potential employees might be dangerous or unfit for a job.
A background check can include:
Some employers also review profiles and information posted on social networking websites. Be sure you know more about each type of background check and pre-employment screening.
Expect a background check to be done. Be truthful on job applications and in interviews. When asked, many employers said they didn't hire a good job candidate because the candidate lied or purposely left out information about their past — not because they had a criminal record.
A mark on one or more background checks will not necessarily keep you from getting a job offer. For example:
No company can refuse to hire a person based only on their criminal records unless it can provide a business justification. If a company makes a tentative job offer and then rescinds the offer based on the background check, you must be notified in writing.
Employers can view arrest records in the State of Minnesota. It is against federal law to use arrest records as the only basis for not hiring someone.
Whether they run a background or not, most employers have all candidates sign a release of information form as part of the application process.
Refusing to sign the release form is a warning sign to employers that a job seeker is trying to hide something. This will result in the job seeker being dropped from consideration for the position.
Other warnings signs include:
Work with a career advisor to learn how to fill out job applications and present yourself on your resume. They can also help you figure out the best ways to tell an employer about your criminal history.
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