When it comes time for a person with a criminal past to look for a new job, concerns about how that criminal past may impact a job hunt may naturally arise.

Monster.com does acknowledge that the majority of companies today rely on background checks for job applicants. However, the mere presence of a criminal past does not always pose a barrier to employment.

Open conversations with potential employers

According to Glassdoor, job seekers may be best served by proactively telling employers about a criminal history before they find out about it via a background check. This, however, does not mean that a person should disclose such information on an initial job application.

During the early phases of the job search and interview process, candidates may focus on their prior work experience or any education or training relevant to the position. At a later interview round, but prior to a background check being conducted, a discussion about the criminal record may be appropriate.

The discussion does not need to go into great detail about the arrest or events surrounding the arrest but should focus more on how the person grew and changed from or after the events.

Choosing the right type of job

One factor that may play into the impact a criminal history may have on a person’s ability to get a job is any potential connection between the criminal activity and the proposed job. For example, a person convicted of embezzlement may have a harder time being hired for a position in which he or she handles money than for a job that does not provide the person with direct access to money.