People in Missouri who want to find a new job after being convicted of a criminal offense may feel discouraged before they even submit one application. This can be due to the fact that they assume once an employer knows they have a criminal past, the company will no longer consider their candidacy. Monster does acknowledge that the use of background checks is extremely prevalent in today’s society with as many as 93% of companies running checks on job candidates according to a 2017 Background Screening Trends and Best Practices Report by Sterling Talent Solutions.
However, despite the widespread reliance on background checks, 66% of people in human resources jobs and eight out of every 10 managers believe that a person with a criminal past has an equal ability to bring value to an organization as does a person without a criminal past. This is per a study conducted by the Charles Koch Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Glassdoor recommends that job seekers conduct their own background checks to know exactly what a potential employer will see. This can help them be prepared for a proactive and honest discussion.
It is also important that any conversation surrounding a criminal conviction be focused primarily on how the candidate has changed their life since the conviction so that the same situation will not be repeated. This gives employers the chance to see how a person has grown and allow the conversation to focus on what the person can offer the company as a potential employee.