Getting a pardon is one way that you can increase your chances of getting a good job. A pardon will erase your criminal history. This means you won’t have to tell a potential employer that you committed a crime. But can the benefits of a pardon apply to you if you have not yet been granted one? Read on to learn about using your pardon application to your advantage while also applying for a job.
Applying For A Pardon
The process of applying for a pardon and a job at the same time can be overwhelming. You will have to do a significant amount of research and work for both. For this reason, it is a good idea to hire a pardons lawyer to assist you with the pardon process and answer any questions that you have. Another benefit to hiring a pardons lawyer is that he or she can also help you with your job search. Here are some tips for applying for a job while applying for a pardon, and using each to benefit the other.
Tips For Applying
- Use your pardons lawyer as a reference. Your pardons lawyer can write a reference letter to any potential employer explaining that although you do not have a pardon yet, you have made significant attempts to turn your life around and get a pardon. Potential employers might be more inclined to hire a person who is on the cusp of getting a pardon or who is at least attempting to put their criminal history in the past than to hire someone who shows little sign of changing bad behaviors.
- Use your other references in your job application. The pardon application calls for at least two references from people who can attest to the positive changes that you have made in your life. You can use these references for your pardon application, but you can also use them for a job application. Again, you will be able to show that you have made attempts to change your habits and help other people through these reference letters. These testaments to your character will be important for a potential employer that is concerned about your criminal history.
- Prepare for your pardon hearing and job interview at the same time. A pardon hearing is kind of like an interview, because you will be asked to express why you deserve a pardon. You will have to gather evidence showing how you have made positive changes in your life since the time of your conviction. This evidence might be useful in your job interview as well. You can use the evidence that you have prepared for the pardon hearing in your job interview when asked about your previous convictions. The fact that you are applying for a pardon alone will be a positive sign for some potential employers.
Hiring a pardons lawyer can help you prepare your pardon and it can help you prepare for a job interview. You can use the pardons lawyer as a resource in both cases. To hire a pardons lawyer today, please contact our office.