When applying for a job, it’s best to be honest about any convictions you have – it will protect you against being fired later on if your employer finds out. It also develops trust and understanding between you and your boss, and relieves any stress associated with the fear of being found out later
Try to tell them the circumstances that led to the offence that have now changed, for example youth, going through a tough time etc. Take responsibility for your past actions though.
Tell them how far you have come and any achievements since your conviction. Show them how motivated you are to put your past behind you.
Give reasons why employer shouldn’t focus on the conviction. Explain that it’s not a work-related offence, if this is the case. Also, if the offence is not relevant to the job, ask to be considered on your ability and not on your past behaviour.
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