Once you have had a criminal record, it can be rather difficult to rebuild your reputation. No matter how hard you try to demonstrate that you’ve changed your ways, some people will always affix a black mark alongside your name due to misdeeds from the past.
This can be especially problematic when applying for work, as employers could be reluctant to hire someone who has had a criminal record. They cannot discriminate against someone purely for this reason, though, and it should only prove to be an obstacle if there is a strong link between the vacancy and the nature of the conviction. Indeed, employers will almost certainly take little notice of convictions if they were from a long time ago or were minor in nature. A shoplifting spree as an 18-year-old probably won’t set you back too severely, for example.
If you have had a criminal record and you’re called for a job interview, it is vital to stress to the employer that you’ve worked hard to rectify the mistakes of your past. If he/she can see that you’ve actively tried to make things right, they will take that into account and will most probably judge you entirely on your current merits and your performance in the interview.
You can read more about convincing prospective employers to look beyond a criminal record in the infographic below, which was created by Hansen & Company.