Study: Half of Employers Have Hired Someone With Criminal Record

Study: Half of Employers Have Hired Someone With Criminal Record

September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 5:08 PM EDT

A new survey suggests having a run-in with the law may not prevent you from having a job.

According to CareerBuilder.com, 51 percent of hiring managers are giving people second chances when it comes to previous convictions.

"The number one recommendation hiring managers have is to own your past and focus on what you learned from it to grow professionally and personally," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder. "You also want to stay active...tapping into social networks can be [a] good way to help overcome obstacles associated with job hunting with a criminal past."

Hiring managers also recommend:

* Be up front and honest about the conviction and stress what you learned from it.
* Be willing to work your way up
* Stay positive
* Prepare while you're in prison by taking a class, getting a degree, vocational training, etc.
* Volunteer
* Consider joining the military
* Start your own business
* Take freelance or temporary assignments

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