When you end up with a criminal conviction, you may initially focus on things like the possibility of jail time or a probationary sentence. However, the effects of a criminal conviction can spread far beyond the initial impact and consequences you face.
Job searches will often get much harder, for one. Trying to find a job with a criminal conviction on record will pose hurdles that you may find tough to pass.
Preparing for a background check
Live Career discusses how you can tackle the matter of your criminal record during a job search. First, understand that background checks can and will likely happen. Most studies indicate that an employer would rather you tell them about your criminal conviction before they dig it up in a background check, so you might want to find a good time to discuss the matter if they have expressed interest in looking into you as a serious candidate.
When bringing up your past record, try to focus on the growth you have experienced since that moment. Allay any concerns of your potential future employer by proving you have changed since then and will not make the same mistakes.
Mentions of criminal records in applications
Note that while 32 states currently disallow the inclusion of questions asking for a disclosure of criminal records, this is not the case everywhere. Until all states universally ban this practice, there is a chance an employer will try to request information about your criminal record before you even get to apply, which will unfairly bar you from many employment opportunities. It is perhaps the biggest employment-related setback you might face.