Whether you were recently arrested for driving under the influence, or
you already have a DUI conviction, you’d probably like to know whether
a background check would cost you that new job you have your eye on. If
you’re convicted of
DUI, could it interfere with a new job opportunity?
You have good qualifications for the job, so how do you convince an employer
to hire you when they discover your DUI on the background check?
We’re not going to candy-coat it, you can expect the prospective
employer to find out about your DUI. That’s because employers routinely
run background checks, especially in jobs that deal with children, handling
cash or goods, and direct contact with the public.
When Your Resume Can’t Defend You
If a manager has concerns over your DUI, your resume can’t defend
you. It doesn’t matter if you have a bachelor’s degree or
15 years of experience in the industry, sometimes a criminal record can
tip the scales and
not in your favor. What’s the best way to deal with a nervous manager?
Your best bet is to invest your time in a strong referral. Enlist someone
who knows you, who can override the manager’s legitimate concerns
by emphasizing what a great worker you are and how you’ll be a great
asset to the company.
Find a credible referral to contact the employer and give you a strong
recommendation. While it’s not easy, it’s one of the best
tactics. This person doesn’t have to be your former boss, it can
be a former customer, a consultant, or even another manager from your
old company who can vouch for your work ethic.
Help the Employer Focus on What’s Important
Employers have a right to be worried about criminal records. They feel
that a red flag means they’re putting their business at risk. Be
completely honest about your DUI, but don’t dwell on it.
Turn the employer’s attention to your commitment to making his business
successful, and show him that you’re worth taking a chance on. If
you are the best man or woman for the job and you have a strong work ethic,
it’s up to you to get the employer past his objections.
Sure, there’s a slim chance that he won’t run a background
check, but that wouldn’t make him very smart.
Of course, the best way to handle this issue is to avoid a DUI conviction
in the first place. To get started,
contact an Orange County DUI attorney at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.!