Hi my name is Elizabeth and I just moved to AZ to start a new life with my 2 boys. Since the beginning of September I have been looking for a job. I've gone in and got applications, I was told to apply on line, I was even told to come in for job interview. Six times I thought for sure I had a job and six times they like ripped the rug right out from under me. I know I have a horrible background but thats not who I am. I'm just needing for someone to hire me so that I can prove not only to myself but to the rest of my family that moving out here isn't a mistake. I have NEVER looked for a job this hard before in my life. So this background of mine is like really in my face now. I'm so ashamed that its embarrassing to me.
Well, it sounds like the first guy was talking complete bullshit and the 2nd guy -- almost humanely -- let him know they weren’t going to be hiring any convicted felons anytime soon. That is their right. And depending on the business? BANK, RETAIL, TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH CARE? All open them up to MASSIVE LIABILITY and if they’re not OK w/ the fact that he has to OWN his past, then so be it.
That’s the thing about one’s decisions in life. You’re going to pay for it. Especially in this day and age when I can pay 20 bucks and find out your entire life story. And that’s scary. But it is the way it is. I currently work at a financial institution. First time ever doing so. The background checks? The finger printing? The “mug shots”? The personal references? Um. After a week of that? With my 10uyear old DUI and my temporarily crappy credit? “I’m screwed.” They offered me the job -- as long as all my checks cleared. It was Day 10 after the offer and I sweated through ANOTHER weekend of waiting. Understand,, this job would be the best paying job of my life. And a huge step in my career path (tech). And the interviews? Went wonderfully. And they offered me the job. But I had to wait. I wrote a long email to my potential supervisor about my credit, etc. I shared it w/ my recruiter who became horrified I would even consider sending such a thing.
We argued like a couple breaking up. Phones were hung up. Curse words were exchanged. But in my heart, I wanted at least the CHANCE to defend myself. Or explain myself. “Don’t just read that damn report and think you know me!” I thought. So after that 2nd weekend, I knew my past was rearing its ugly head and I was going to be turned away, my job offered taken back and given to someone else. I was a complete wreck Oh,and btw, I was dead broke. 2 more weeks? I ‘d be homeless. DAMMIT.
So that Monday morning I woke up and sat at my computer. I had an email address from the HR gal that sent me all the background documents. And I wrote her an email.
“Hi, __:: I felt compelled to write you and the company to let you know I am very aware of my credit and I’m working on a solution and how best to recoup my financial good standing. I would feel wrong if I didn’t acknowledge it. So I am doing so now and hope this doesn’t dissuade __ocmpany from going through my hire, because I really want this job and to work for your company. That is all. Thank you for reading... best, John S.”
And about an hour later? My recruiter, who was screaming at me the last time we spoked - and for good reason -- called me and said: “Are you sitting down?” ME: “Should I be?” HER: “YOU GOT THE JOB!!!” And a big smile took up my entire face and I listened as she congratulated the freaking hell out of me, all excited. And I think I was happier for her for that entire day.
And as of right now? She doesn’t know I wrote them.
And never will.
That’s what I did to somehow mitigate my past, give it some shape or put it under a different light. Yes, I went rogue. But hell, I had noting to lose besides my home.
Do what you can w/in the law to make a potential employer see YOU and YOU and YOU in a different light.
I guarantee you that 99 times out of a 100, they wouldn’t hired me. But you’ve got to know something about me. I ALWAYS BELIEVE I AM THAT ONE IN HUNDRED. I ALWAYS BELIEVE I AM THE DAMN EXCEPTION. I ALWAYS BELIEVE ... in me. It’s what I do best especially when my back is up against it. That’s when I shine.
BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF. OWN YOUR PAST. AND BELIEVE IN YOU GETTING PAST ANY OBSTACLE
Now goddamit..., go get’em.
Someone asked about Home Depot...Well, here’s over a thousand applicant stories and questions. https://www.glassdoor.com/Interview/The-Home-Depot-Interview-Questions-E655.htm
glassdoor.com is just one review site.
There is no excuse for not being informed None.If it’s a company in the US? There’s something written about it. Take everything you read w/ a grain of salt.Others’ stories are not yours. Make your own. Make it positive. And get work.
KNOW YOUR FUTURE EMPLOYER
I have a misdemeanor assault on my record from 8 years ago now. When applying to new jobs is this required information i have to give them, since it was so long ago? Or do i let it go anyways since they will do a background check? Any information or help is very appreciated!
I ran into some trouble 11 years ago with an assault conviction, it has not affected my ability to work since. However, I was laid off in June, received a really good offer from UBS. So, they have you complete the application process after you accepted the offer. On the application it asked if I was ever convicted, plead guilty to:. So I disclosed. Not sure now if the offer will be rescinded, I am expecting the worst to happen
As some of you know I have been job hunting since quitting my job of 26 yrs last September. I have been on every job board/site (put my resume' out everywhere), filled out application after application, I have had temp & direct hire jobs for the last 9 months and nothing seemed to work out?
I read every post that comes into my email and want to comment but I don't so going to put it here:
1: I see age come into play all the time (I will be 47 in two weeks), everyone wants the cute young kids/interns, less money, no experience, etc...but little do they know most of those kids are not going to stick around for the long term.
2: Pretty/cute...different story there. I lost 2 jobs because I think the owners (both women) were jealous (not because I was pretty/cute (I am not)) but because of my personality....I hadn't met some of the clients/costumers at one place but they always asked to talk to me, the other I had met the workers and she always yelled at them.
3: Qualified...I applied for everything from my job field to maybe something I am qualified for to jobs I did 30 yrs ago....nope not qualified (Really?) I even applied for a nationwide pet store to clean cages (I have had dogs, cats, hamsters, ferrets, horses, ponies, fish (freshwater & saltwater), a skunk, guinea pigs, chickens, guinea birds, snakes & currently 2 pigs, 2 pygmy goats, 4 dogs and a cat) and was told I wasn't qualified!
4: Drug test/Background checks....I did get hired after the 2nd interview that I made a snafu on ($72 million/year) last Friday, the drug test was done in about 10 minutes, I was called on Tuesday that the background check came through....so 5 days counting the weekend?
I start on Tuesday (not my job field but something I am capable of doing)...there is something out there for everyone and you will find yours....I just hope this is the last job I have to interview for (I do have a 90 day probation period, was offered $1.50 more that they told me and I get a chance for a raise every 90 day and benefits).
I have been actively seeking for a job opportunity but after of hundreds of applications which in some of them I have to receive an instant reply of thank you for your application but NO thank you, just in a matter of seconds. I'm starting to wonder what I am doing wrong in the process and what comes to my mind is the question of your ethnicity or group race how the called. It is legal this question on the job applications? I born in New York and move to Puerto Rico at 8 years and since I remember I always want to move back to the states but its been a real hard time to get it.
Back to the race question, they categorized into groups, White Americans, Afro-Americans, LATINO OR HISPANIC, Whish accordingly to their definition I fit or belong to this category and other that no worth to mention.
I am an American because I born in New York but the definition to them is White American and obviously, my skin color does not fit in the definition of a white guy. What I should do or how I am supposed to answer this question?