Job Search Resources for People Impacted by the Justice System

Are you worried that your past might get in the way of your job search? Don’t let this concern keep you from applying for a job. Understanding how your criminal record impacts each step of the hiring process will build your confidence and help you overcome roadblocks. It takes time and work to find both the right job and the right employer. Use the resources in this section to:

  • better understand the process
  • prepare to fill out a job application
  • succeed at a job interview
  • find community organizations and programs to help you through the process


  • Improve Your Chances of Getting Hired
    Some employers hire many people with criminal records. Other employers may be more hesitant. Visit this website to find tips to help improve your chances of getting hired.
  • Criminal Records and Your Job Search
    Minnesota State CAREERwise
    Employers do background checks on all potential employers. You should know what is on your record before you apply for a job. Visit this page to find detailed information about requesting a copy of your background record. You’ll also learn about expungement and other ways you may be able to change your record. And learn about all of the types of background checks an employer does.

Job Applications

  • Filling Out Job Applications
    Minnesota State CAREERwise
    In most cases, Minnesota employers won’t ask you about your criminal record on a job application because of the "Ban the Box" law. Visit this webpage to learn more about the Ban the Box law and find information about filling out job applications. You will also find a link to an online practice job application that can help you prepare.

Job Interviews

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