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Does a misdemeanor affect employment?

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In weak job markets, a misdemeanor could be the deciding factor of an employment offer. However, the nature of the misdemeanor, the amount of time that has passed and the industry of the pursued job all play critical roles.

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Does a misdemeanor affect employment?
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Misdemeanors involving assault, sex and drugs are most certain to limit possibilities in jobs working with children. A theft conviction most hurts those pursuing a position in the financial field. However, some employers may only perform a felony background check or search for offenses dating back 5 to 10 years. According to experts, job seekers with misdemeanor records should be always be prepared to answer questions regarding their crimes and not attempt to hide such offenses when asked to reveal their criminal histories.

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