I work with many people with criminal records, who for whatever reason committed a crime in the past and are now ready to start over with a new career.
The problem is that when employers hear “criminal records,” they will often stereotype this person without even knowing them.
This article will help you overcome that little problem by helping you write the perfect cover letter explaining your convictions. Imagine that you heard that someone has a criminal record for indecent exposure, what would you think of this applicant? Most people wouldn’t even bother to interview a person, but the truth is that you may have a history of indecent exposure from being caught crying up in a tree after a night of drunkenness. Now I’m not saying that tearing up a tree while drunk is not a criminal offense or that making a leak outside is fine, but there is a difference between this crime and, say, a blinker. And that is why you need to explain the circumstances of the situation, we even offer offensive since I have met people who have been forced to commit a crime, it may seem easy to say “no” while reading this article but with a threat of having the Broken arms can persuade the best of us to commit a crime.
1. First start by recording “Dear Mr. X” and record what position you are applying for as you do with all cover letters. This shows that you are a professional and that you have put a lot of effort into your application.
2. Highlight your key skills, experiences and qualifications: sell, sell, sell. In most cases, you will write a short statement highlighting your key career or educational achievements or bulleting your career success.
3. Add a second paragraph that highlights more selling points, like any cover letter you need to highlight what “value” you can bring to the organization. At this point, the employer will be eager to meet you as you meet and exceed the essential criteria of the job.
4. At this point, the employer likes what you have read as you have matched your sales pitch with their criteria, so now you can add a section that explains that due to past circumstances you committed a crime and that these sentences have now been exhausted. And the difficulties that originally encouraged you to commit a crime no longer apply and you have learned from your past. At this point, keep the paragraph short and talk more about how you have changed or learned from these past experiences to become a better person and employee.
5. Add a section that describes why you want to work for that particular organization and again, when appropriate, add more selling points about yourself. This is a must and most job seekers don’t do it as it takes too long; even more so, deceive them, because if you spend time on your application, you will get more job interviews.
6. Finally, end with a line confirming that you are available for an interview at a time convenient for the employer and end with “Sincerely …”
So since all cover letters highlight your strengths, when you’ve hooked the employer, briefly review your convictions and describe how it was the past circumstances that led to the crime and how you learned from this experience.
One final note: you will be surprised how many employers also have a history of spending, which means they will understand where you are coming from and hopefully offer you a job interview – remember that the key to winning job offers is skills to sell with confidence.
Since many employers depend on your career choice, if you have an “exhausted” sentence, you do not need to disclose this information. Generally, when working with vulnerable people, you must declare current and spent sentences.