Re: How Can I Get a New Job with a Theft Charge on My Record
The bottom line is, whether you answer truthfully or not, a potential employer is going to find out. So, ask yourself this: Is it better to let them know I'm a thief or let them find out I'm a thief and show myself to be a liar, too?
My advice would be to keep your current job (that you admit that you are lucky to have) and earn an impeccable recommendation from that employer. Then, when you can show a spotless criminal record (and, in this instance, I include traffic offenses in "criminal record") for at least 3-5 years, can show an outstanding work history, and have taken whatever training necessary to be FULLY qualified for the position, start looking for a better job. If there is a way to do some volunteer work or something to gain some experience in your desired profession as well, that would be even better.
The job market is tough right now, with more applicants than positions. Few employers are going to take a chance on a three time thief with the last conviction only a year old. You have to know they are going to ask themselves, "He has a history of theft going back more than 10 years. He was last convicted only a year ago...How many thefts has he committed that he never got caught for, and why should I believe that he won't steal anything not nailed down from me?"
Behind the badge is a person. Behind the person is an ego. This is as it should be, person at the center and ego to the back.