Due to the current pandemic, finding a job has become a difficult task. Moreover, if you have a criminal record, it can add to your worries about finding a job. With a criminal record, there are many barriers that you have to cross before landing a job that is right for you. Just because you made a mistake in the past does not mean that you should stop living your life and realizing your potential.
Every individual has the right to find a job and earn a living to support themselves and their families. Hence, in such a case, you must understand the process of applying for a job, given that you have a criminal record. In addition to this, you need to be aware of the terms associated with it.
Firstly, you need to understand what does bondable mean.
If you were charged by the police and were fingerprinted (even when the allegations were withdrawn), it prevents you from finding employment. In addition to losing your bondable status due to a criminal record, you also risk losing it if you have a poor credit history and are often late on payments.
Employers across various fields require employees to be bondable. It refers to your reliability, honesty, and integrity as an employee. Moreover, it means that you do not have a criminal record and that employees can trust you when hiring you. It also refers to your employer being able to seek insurance in your stead if you commit a crime on the job.
How to find a job if you lose your bondable status?
Since most employers perform background checks before hiring an employee, you need to be clear of all criminal charges to increase your chances of landing a job. Hence, being without a bondable status does harm. If you are bondable, your employer can apply for insurance on the off chance if an employee performs a crime. Such insurance is often hard to obtain, which depends on the nature of the crime you have committed.
Most employers require an employee to be bondable. Hence, before applying for a job, ensure that you have a bondable status. To do this, you need to apply for a Record Suspension. In Canada, the National Pardon Center has been clearing the criminal records of people. Thus, the NPC has been over a decade, providing them opportunities to live their lives with dignity and respect. It means that your information will be cleared from the database of the Canadian Police Information Center.
Applying for Record Suspension can take some time. Moreover, you have to wait for some time before you can apply for it.
Many jobs require a person to be bondable. With a criminal record, you cannot earn this status. Hence, you first need to apply for a Record Suspension. When applying for a job, be sure to remain truthful about your background, previous employers, etc. Also, provide relevant information to your employer. Your employer may ask you to provide references. In this case, offer reliable referees that testify to your integrity as a potential employee.
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