Whether you were recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or you already have a DUI conviction, you’d probably like to know if 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.
Why? Because, employers routinely run background checks, especially in jobs that deal with children, handling cash or goods, and direct contact with the public. However, even if the DUI does not directly affect a particular job, some employers have strict policies against hiring people with criminal records.
DUIs often affect jobs in the following industries:
- Notary work
- Real estate
- Sales (involving driving)
- Commercial driving
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.
You can also find a credible referral to 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 loyalty, work ethic, and productivity.
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 prospective 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.