Criminal Records: Understanding How Employers Analyze Your Records

Sometimes your past is just that, the past. However, if you have a criminal record, your past can and will affect your future. Here is a glimpse into how employers analyze criminal records, and what you can do to clean your’s up. But first a disclaimer…This information does not apply to those who are convicted sex offenders.

Employee fraud, theft and workplace violence are an employers worst nightmare. More importantly, an employer does not want to be guilty of negligent hiring. That is why criminal background checks are used to screen potential employees.

There is no specific litmus test by which employers screen an employee’s criminal records. However, here are three factors that most employers take into consideration.

Number one…Severity of the crime. There is a huge difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Employers want to know how serious the crime was and it’s nature.
Number two, is there a substantial relationship between the crime and the job? For instance…If you were convicted of tax evasion or money laundering, it may be hard to get a job as an accountant. Also, many convictions may disqualify one from obtaining the licenses required for a particular job.
Lastly, was the employee convicted of a crime or simply accused? This last consideration is important because not all arrests lead to a conviction. However, when the police take one into custody, they record the nature of the arrest, the charge and additional information…in laymans terms they start a rap sheet.

If any of these criteria apply to you, you may want to consider an expungement. But, before you take the plunge, pull your own criminal records and apply the three criteria mentioned earlier. The best place to easily access your criminal records is through Log on, enter you information and access your local, state, and federal criminal records.


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