How to Fill Out Applications When You Have a Record

You probably dread seeing the “Have you been convicted….” question on every job application you’ve filled out. It’s tempting to lie, but the probability that you will get caught is extremely high. Studies show that nearly 80 percent of employers will do some sort of background check (including criminal history). Some may do a background check before you’re hired, and some will run the check after you’ve been offered the job. No matter when they do it, if you lie on your application and the employer finds out, they can and will fire you immediately.

How to Fill Out Applications When You Have a Record (

Applying for a job with a criminal record is a difficult situation. Should you lie, and run the risk of being fired if the company finds out? Or do you run the risk of leaving the information out? has an article on how to fill out applications when you have a record that gives applicants advice on what to do.

The reality is that if you’re unemployed and are collecting benefits, omitting information on a job application, getting that job and subsequently being fired for omitting the information is a major economic risk. The National Employment Law Project has produced a paper titled “65 Million Need Not Apply: The Case for Reforming Background checks for employment“. In a country where 1 out of 4 Americans has a criminal record, this is undeniably an issue that affects a large section of the country. If you feel that you were discriminated against because of your prior conviction, here are some links to agencies that can help you:

National Employment Law Project
Islip Town Branch NAACP
eeoc_s160x154U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


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