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1 In 2 Employers Knowingly Hired Convicted Criminals

1 In 2 Employers Knowingly Hired Convicted Criminals

By Debra Auerbach More than 92 million individuals have a criminal history on file in state criminal history repositories, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. Having a criminal past can potentially haunt someone's future, especially when it comes to seeking employment.... Read More »

Employers More Likely To Hire Criminal Than Long-Term Unemployed [Infographic]

Employers More Likely To Hire Criminal Than Long-Term Unemployed [Infographic]

Employers have been open about their disdain for the unemployed -- some companies even specify in ads that they will only consider candidates who already have jobs. But according to a new survey, companies would sooner hire a worker convicted of a misdemeanor than the long-term unemployed. Bullhorn, a maker... Read More »

How Convicts Get Jobs Without Lying

How Convicts Get Jobs Without Lying

According to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 73 percent of polled HR professionals said their company, or an agency hired by their company, conducted criminal background checks for all job candidates. That you may receive a background check upon applying for a job isn't noteworthy,... Read More »

U.S. Puts Limits On Employee Background Checks To Protect Minorities

U.S. Puts Limits On Employee Background Checks To Protect Minorities

By Sam Hananel WASHINGTON -- Is an arrest in a barroom brawl 20 years ago a job disqualifier? Not necessarily, the government said Wednesday in new guidelines on how employers can avoid running afoul of laws prohibiting job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's updated policy on... Read More »

Big Business Fights To Preserve Employers' Use Of Background Checks

Big Business Fights To Preserve Employers' Use Of Background Checks

In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks, it's become commonplace for employers to rely on background checks to vet potential employees. But with allegations of employer abuses, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission now is weighing whether to limit employers' rights to use background checks to... Read More »

Report: Dodgy Dossiers Hurt Job-Seekers' Chances

Report: Dodgy Dossiers Hurt Job-Seekers' Chances

By Daniel Wagner WASHINGTON -- Thousands of U.S. job hunters are losing out because employers use faulty background-check data drawn from shoddy records, consumer advocates say in a new report. Those advocates want the government to make sure people know what information prospective employers see, so that... Read More »

Job Hunters Cry Foul Over Employers' Use Of Background Checks

Job Hunters Cry Foul Over Employers' Use Of Background Checks

If you've gotten a new job in recent years, you've probably been subjected to a criminal or credit background check. More than 90 percent of employers conduct criminal background checks on job hunters, and 60 percent do credit checks, according to a McClatchy Newpapers report. But job hunters are starting to... Read More »

New Hire Loses Job Due To Mistaken Identity

New Hire Loses Job Due To Mistaken Identity

It can be fun to Google your name and discover the weird and wonderful lives of your namesakes. It's not so fun however, when your employer does it, mistakes one of them for you, and that namesake was previously arrested for credit card and bank theft. That's what happened to Renee Adams, a mother of four... Read More »

Ultimate Guide to Job Searching for the 'Unemployable'

Ultimate Guide to Job Searching for the 'Unemployable'

It's challenging enough finding a job when your work history is cut-and-dried. But when your candidacy is compromised by negative situations at work or in your personal life, job search can be even more challenging. Here are some tough employment challenges that many workers face and suggestions for how to... Read More »

Ask an Expert: I Have a Criminal Record and Nobody Will Hire Me

Ask an Expert: I Have a Criminal Record and Nobody Will Hire Me

Every day, we get questions from people seeking special assistance with their job searches. One common theme is job searching with a criminal record. How much should you disclose and when should you disclose it? How do you explain your criminal record and still land a job? How do you address it during an... Read More »

Ask an Expert: Interview Tips for Job Seekers With a Criminal Record

Ask an Expert: Interview Tips for Job Seekers With a Criminal Record

An AOL reader asks, "How can you interview successfully if you have a criminal record?" AOL turned to Elisabeth H. Sanders-Park, an expert in tough career transitions and co-author of The Six Reasons You'll Get the Job: What Employers Look For--Whether They Know It Or Not for some answers. Read More »

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