While stealing something may not have seemed like a big deal at the time, having a theft charge on your record could complicate your ability to find employment in California. However, if you approach the interview process with adequate preparation, you can discuss your past with poise and professionalism.
Beginning with your resume, you can answer questions honestly, but without divulging too much information. Highlight your most desirable skills and any applicable experience you have and make those aspects the focus of your resume.
Use your past as leverage
Did you know that you can use your past as leverage? You have undoubtedly learned a thing or two from your past. For example, your theft charges may have led to opportunities to participate in community service as part of your restitution. When asked about your past in a job interview, direct the attention to the positive aspects of your experience. According to Monster, spend no more than two minutes talking about your charges. As soon as you have answered any questions sufficiently, switch gears, and share how your experiences and skills will benefit the company.
Even though you may have a dream job in mind, focus your effort on getting a simple job to begin with. Some ideas include construction jobs, janitorial work, secretarial duties, fast food service, convenience store clerk and delivery driver. Once you start to build your resume and increase your experience, you can begin to establish long-term career goals. Despite your criminal past, you can find opportunities for financial assistance to help you get an education which may increase your job prospects.