In your younger years, you may have lived a wild and crazy life with evidence of your exploits online. You may be guilty of drunk tweeting or may have been arrested for DUI or marijuana use. It may not have seemed like a big deal at the time, but now that you are looking for a job, it is possible that these things may matter. Here are some tips that you can use to “help me get a job” – even with a not so perfect resume.
Be Prepared: Run Your Own Background Check
Be prepared is the Boy Scouts’ motto, but it should apply to your job search as well. Most employers run background checks on job applicants so you need to know what the prospective employers might find. Also many of these records have some type of error in them so you should find out early so you can get that removed if necessary. Some infractions don’t show up on your reports so you don’t want to inform the employer about information that he/she has no way of finding out otherwise. You may be able to work with an attorney to get certain records removed from your record as well.
Focus Your Applications to More Hospitable Arenas
Big companies have a less forgiving mindset; they tend to complete more background checks and be more influenced by what they find on your reports. Smaller companies may not have the budget to perform background checks on each applicant so you may be able to avoid having one. Younger companies or young managers also may be more forgiving of smaller transgressions than older bigger companies.
Control the Exposure of Damaging Information
You want to maintain control of how the information gets out. You don’t want to put it on your resume, but you do want to mention the information and circumstances during the first phone interview or in-person interview. Don’t let the recruiter or hiring manager find out without you telling them. This circles back to knowing what is on your background check. If you have an idea of what is coming out, you can manage the release and presentation of this information. Let the employer know that you made a mistake and that you have learned from it. Demonstrate that you have moved forward.
It is possible to get a job – even a great job – with unpleasant information in your background. With the right management, you can convince many employers to take a chance on you. For more tips on resume writing, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.