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    because it should be even though its expunged. i even paid to get a background check done on myself and nothing showed up, but that still doesn't matter.
    You do realize there could be MULTIPLE reasons you're not getting hired, right? And none of which have anything to do with your record.

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    how can you be so sure?

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    how can you be so sure?
    They can't necessarily be sure but the odds are in their favor. A misdemeanor charge from several years ago isn't likely to cause any issues, depending on what exactly it was, for most jobs. It is more likely that more qualified applicants, issues with your resume or interview skills or a large number of applicants is causing you issues.

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    I want to believe that, but I can't.

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    It would be nice to think that, but honestly, any kind of criminal record really effects someone's ability to get a job in many areas of the country. I admit its worse when someone has a felony vs a misdemeanor, but its still a serious factor either way.

    Its actually a bit of a pet peeve of mine. People plead guilty to things that they did not do, out of fear of a worst case result, only to find their lives destroyed anyway.
    So I really am screwed for the rest of my life then?

    I'm assuming it is since no one wants to reply.

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    No, you are not screwed for the rest of your life. It may take a few more years before the crime becomes old enough that some employers won't hold it against you. There are almost always employers willing to work with people with minor criminal history issues. Try going to some job fairs. Look around to see if there are any local support groups for those with criminal histories. They will often have a line on who will or won't hire. That being said, you may have to work some less glamorous jobs for a few years. Check your state unemployment offices to see if they offer any resume or interview workshops to make sure you are up to snuff there.

    There are rules in SC on when an employer may hold a criminal history issue against you. Look them up and study them. Small employers may play fast and loose with those rules but the larger companies are more likely to be worried about issues with the state. I stand by what I said before, it's more likely something else is tripping you up.

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    No, you are not screwed for the rest of your life. It may take a few more years before the crime becomes old enough that some employers won't hold it against you. There are almost always employers willing to work with people with minor criminal history issues. Try going to some job fairs. Look around to see if there are any local support groups for those with criminal histories. They will often have a line on who will or won't hire. That being said, you may have to work some less glamorous jobs for a few years. Check your state unemployment offices to see if they offer any resume or interview workshops to make sure you are up to snuff there.

    There are rules in SC on when an employer may hold a criminal history issue against you. Look them up and study them. Small employers may play fast and loose with those rules but the larger companies are more likely to be worried about issues with the state. I stand by what I said before, it's more likely something else is tripping you up.
    Does that mean I can go back to college a possibly get a job in IT or is that unrealistic now? They way you making it sound like is that I have to work a dead end job for the rest of my life even though all I have is an arrest record. So Like I said plenty of times maybe getting my record expunged wasn't a good idea.

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    Default Re: Is Getting Your Record Expunged a Waste of Time

    According to his other thread he has no convictions.

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    Does that mean I can go back to college a possibly get a job in IT or is that unrealistic now?
    Not at unrealistic.

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    They way you making it sound like is that I have to work a dead end job for the rest of my life even though all I have is an arrest record.
    No, that is not what I said. A few years does not equal life. It's probably not necessary at all.

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    So Like I said plenty of times maybe getting my record expunged wasn't a good idea.
    Getting it expunged is far better than keeping the record publicly available to anyone who looks.

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    And according to OP, it was already expunged. Which is why I believe it's unlikely that it's his expunged record from holding him back.

    I personally know people with FELONY convictions who have gone on to have great careers. Perhaps it's your negative attitude that is coming across loud and clear to employers. Or a crappy resume. Or your applying for jobs that are (for now) out of your league.

    There's a really good site (google Ask a Manager) where you can find resources on resumes, cover letters, and interviews. Check that out and see if there's perhaps something you're doing that's holding you back.

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