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Old 04-04-2019, 10:44 AM
 
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I have one count of stalking and one count of harassment on my criminal record. Both are misdemeanors and both occurred at the same time (single incident) back in 2016.

I discovered I cannot expunge these convictions, and I cannot seal them from employment background checks for at least 10 years.

What are the likely consequences regarding employment, and what are the best options?

My goal is to become self-employed.

 
Old 04-04-2019, 11:30 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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It depends on the employer and job. Not all employers do background checks, and those that do may only do it for specific positions where there are opportunities for foul play. In my case, you would not be hired, because my people need to get a certification that requires a clean record. Apply for jobs where the job announcement does not mention a background check for the best chance of success.
 
Old 04-04-2019, 12:00 PM
 
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It depends on the job and the employer. Roofing, construction and food service seem pretty forgiving. What skills/education do you have?
 
Old 04-04-2019, 12:12 PM
 
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It depends on the job and the employer. Roofing, construction and food service seem pretty forgiving. What skills/education do you have?
I am a former EMT. I am skilled in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and SQL.
 
Old 04-04-2019, 12:26 PM
 
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Based on your skills I would have said healthcare IT but I don’t think you’d pass the background check to qualify for the positions because they’re pretty stringent since you deal with PHI. I think it will be a significant barrier in any healthcare related field.
 
Old 04-04-2019, 12:56 PM
 
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Based on your skills I would have said healthcare IT but I don’t think you’d pass the background check to qualify for the positions because they’re pretty stringent since you deal with PHI. I think it will be a significant barrier in any healthcare related field.

I thought about software engineering and web application development.

Would employers look at the individual circumstances and give me the benefit of the doubt (considering my young age, the sequence of events, etc.)?

You can read the whole story here:
I am struggling severely. How do I keep going?

Also, sort of off topic, but I noticed this forum does not have SSL protection.
 
Old 04-04-2019, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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Your challenge is that you need to be able to really explain why you aren't a potential threat, and that you're going to be at the very least just as good as all of the applicants who don't have a criminal history. That's the pitch you need to be working on.
 
Old 04-04-2019, 01:01 PM
 
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It depends on the employer and job. Not all employers do background checks, and those that do may only do it for specific positions where there are opportunities for foul play. In my case, you would not be hired, because my people need to get a certification that requires a clean record. Apply for jobs where the job announcement does not mention a background check for the best chance of success.
What type of positions do you oversee?
 
Old 04-04-2019, 01:03 PM
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Many people work IT jobs from home and their background check might not matter much, depending on what is in it. I don't know if those you mentioned are felony or misdemeanors. I do transcription from home and one the companies I work for did not require a background check of any sort (didn't even ask for references). The other transcription company I work for required a full background check including fingerprint cards, because it involves transcription of legal related documents and police interviews.
 
Old 04-04-2019, 01:12 PM
 
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Many people work IT jobs from home and their background check might not matter much, depending on what is in it. I don't know if those you mentioned are felony or misdemeanors. I do transcription from home and one the companies I work for did not require a background check of any sort (didn't even ask for references). The other transcription company I work for required a full background check including fingerprint cards, because it involves transcription of legal related documents and police interviews.
They were both misdemeanor convictions.
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