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criminal record, job search

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This may sound like a very specific audience, but it’s estimated that some 65 million Americans have a criminal record.

We all make mistakes. Just look at the recent popular TV show from Netflix, Orange Is The New Black, based on the true story of a “normal” woman who made a mistake in her early 20s and 10 years later is sentenced to 15 months in prison. It’s more common than most realize. But do you have to give up on your future career for past regrets?

The answer is no. But you do have to be smart in your approach.

This is one of those sticky situations that can be very awkward to bring up in a job interview/application. Some people choose to lie about it. Others disclose their record and hope for the best.

But as this Careerealism article points out, there are other actions you can take. Read the article here to learn how you can check your record for potential mistakes, as well as even expunge or seal it.