A job market is already a place of high stress and competition, with a surplus of workers trying to reach for a much smaller number of jobs. Of course, this struggle is even more pronounced for those who have drug convictions on record to deal with.
Fortunately, while it may seem like an endless uphill battle to find employment with a record, it is not as impossible as you may initially feel.
Helping the convicted get jobs
The Fix takes a look at the employment opportunities still available even with a drug conviction on record. Know that several services have taken root which specifically caters to helping people with records find employment, especially if they did time in jail due to their convictions. Services like Jail to Job aim to work with companies specifically to help hire workers with a record, helping them get a foothold back into society again.
The Fair Chance Business Pledge is also in play, which over 300 companies like Google and Starbucks took. Under this pledge, companies promise to help individuals with a previous record have an equal chance of getting hired as someone without a record.
Ban the box
The “ban the box” initiative has also gained traction lately, too. This initiative aims to get employers to drop the box on applications that applicants must check if they have a prior criminal conviction. Though background checks can and should still happen, this allows people with a criminal record to make a genuine first impression via their application and interview before their criminal record gets unveiled, giving them a fairer chance of landing a job.