Dear Career Confidence Coach,
I am seeking information for a client of mine. He is 18 years old with limited basic labor experience in the construction field. He also is on probation and needs to find a way to answer, “Why?” in a pro-active way. The challenging part is that his probation is from a sexual offense, and so it is an immediate turn-off to employers. Is there any way you could think of that an interviewee could frame their mistake, or take ownership of that mistake so as to minimize the damage that this information represents in an interview setting?
Sincerely, Mr. P.O.
I am assuming you are this young person’s probation officer. Thank you for doing your due diligence in accessing information for a young man who needs to find a way to successfully contribute to society and make good on his 2nd chance.
I would suggest that the young man DEFINITELY “own up” to his mistake. He should highlight programs that he has completed in regards to this sexual offense. And as his probation officer, I would suggest that you accompany him on his interviews to help “fill in the blanks” on any questions a company hiring official may have.
If your candidate has any written information regarding the offense to fully disclose the situation, that would be ideal as well. Obviously, you will want to stay clear of any jobs that would put this young man around children, either indirectly or directly.
I think this young man would also need to complete a number of hours with practicing his interviewing skills. It will be of utmost importance for him to be able to maintain good eye contact, answer questions completely and honestly, sit without slouching and any other inappropriate body language that may allude to the idea that he is trying to hide something.
P.O., as you already know, this young man will have to knock on a lot of doors before he gets a breakthrough on a job in the labor market right now. It is TRULY an employer’s market and companies can be very picky in their hiring selections as there are more job seekers than jobs for them to compete for.
The biggest challenge for this young man is maintaining a positive outlook on his future and knowing that everyone can access 2nd chances.
Claiming success in his job search endeavors,
~The Career Confidence Coach
Your Career Confidence, LLC