Furthering your career by starting a new job can be exciting, yet overwhelming. You may be concerned about finding the right job and actually getting it. There are many things that might hold you back, including a criminal conviction. However, there are plenty of ways to overcome your criminal conviction and get the job of your dreams. One way is by obtaining a Connecticut pardon. Showing the Board of Pardons that you are serious about furthering your career or that you hold a steady job can help you obtain your pardon. Conversely, having a pardon can help you get the job that you want. On this page, you can learn more about applying for a job and setting yourself up for success.
Finding a Job
Before beginning the application process, you should make sure that you know what kind of job you want. Spend some time thinking about your strengths and weaknesses, what kind of tasks you enjoy, and what field you are most interested in. Then, you can use job search websites (whether national or local) to see what jobs are available in your area.
Make a list of the jobs that interest you the most. Make sure to consider application requirements, salary and benefits, job description, and more. Collect data about the jobs you look at and narrow your search to your most desirable jobs. Now, it’s time to apply!
The Application Process
The application process may look a little different depending on the job that you are applying for, but there are some basic elements that usually hold true across jobs and industries. The company you are applying with will usually want some personal and contact information, along with an up-to-date resume. You can check out my page on creating an awesome resume here. Some jobs will also require for you to answer some questions on an application, provide references, write a cover letter, etc. Make sure that you read all of the instructions when applying to a job and provide all of the information that the company is asking for.
One element of job interviewing that can be particularly anxiety-producing is the job interview. Oftentimes if a company likes your resume or application, they will ask you to participate in an interview. This might happen in person, on the phone, or on a video call. Regardless, preparing ahead of time can reduce your anxiety and help you make a good impression.
If you are participating in a video interview or an in-person interview, make sure to dress appropriately. You should wear professional clothes to show that you take the job prospect seriously. It is also a good idea to show up early for the interview, whether in the video chat room or the office. Again, this shows that you are professional, serious, and diligent. Making an interviewer wait for you will not make the impression that you want to make.
Before the interview, research the company and review some common interview questions that you might be asked. The company may even send you a list of potential questions that they would like to have answers to. A few common questions might include:
- What can you bring to our team?
- What are your biggest professional strengths and weaknesses?
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is your five year plan?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- What are your hobbies outside of work?
- How would other people describe you?
You should also prepare your own questions for the interviewer. Oftentimes, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. This is your chance to ask some thoughtful questions and show that you have really thought about the job and the company. Before your interview, prepare a few quality questions for your interviewer.
It’s also a good idea to follow up after your interview. Send a note or email thanking the interviewer. This is a good way to stay top of mind with the interviewer as well.
Your Fresh Start
While the job application process can be stressful, it can also lead to some incredible opportunities. Getting a pardon can also help your chances of receiving the job of your dreams. For help with a Connecticut pardon, contact my office.