I’ve seen a lot of community posts about how many states have adopted a ‘ban the box’ policy for job applications.
This effort is to help us felons and all the convicts in general find a job just a bit more easily.
What it really does, is delay the background question.
Instead of that immediate scoff by human resources personnel and the quick placement of your app into the famous ‘File 13’, your application will now be considered as a normal application up until the interview process.
It doesn’t give you a ‘get a job scot-free’ card. You won’t just put in your new application and be accepted immediately – even if you have an awesome work record.
Most of the states still have the ability to talk about your record. You will still need to come clean about it at some point in the hiring process…, but at least the employer has already been tempted to hire you due to your work ethic as displayed on your resume AND application.
Oh yeah, I also advise making a resume, most places allow you to upload your resume on their online application, and EVERY bit of proof that you’re a good worker will help you in this process. Include letters of recommendation from previous employers, co-workers, probation officers, officers in general – just about anyone who will write out a reference letter for you – keep them together and bring them with you as well.
Every bit of proof that you can get your hands on, grab it. Take these adjustments to the laws and make the best of them. There might not be much wiggle room, but we CAN keep moving forward.
So, get your resumes ready, grease up those elbows, and get to work!
We got this guys!
Love and Peace – Aza