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Survey: Half of All Employers have Hired Workers with a Record

While having a run-in with the law can have long-term repercussions for job hunting, a new study from CareerBuilder shows organizations are open to giving people second chances. Fifty-one percent of Human Resource managers reported that their organizations have hired someone with a criminal record. The study, which included more than 2,000 hiring managers nationwide, also looked at what job seekers with criminal records can do to help their chances of getting hired. “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. Taking classes, volunteering and tapping into social networks can be good ways to help overcome obstacles associated with job hunting with a criminal past.” Hiring managers also recommend staying positive and be willing to work your way up.

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