Since you have been released from your time serving behind bars in Oregon, you have been working to rebuild your life and begin to provide for yourself independent of the support of others. One of the first steps you are taking is to find yourself a job that will provide you with opportunities to strengthen your skills, form relationships and make money. Working around your criminal record may seem daunting at first, but with the right strategies and your integrity, you do not have to let your past hold you back. 

If your criminal record comes up during the application process for a job, do your best to remain positive and upbeat. Answer questions honestly and with only as much detail as is needed to provide a satisfactory answer. You can use this as an opportunity to discuss what you learned about yourself, how you used your skills to better yourself during your time behind bars and how you have worked hard since your release to be a better person. 

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, potential employers may request to view your arrest record. However, you have individual rights that should be upheld and respected throughout their process of conducting a background check. For example, they are required to get your permission before any kind of formal request is made for the chance to view your record. If they do choose not to hire you because of information they have found out, they should notify you of their decision after first having provided you with a summary of your report and your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.