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JOB SEARCH / APR. 06, 2016
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The One Thing That Can Destroy Your Job Search

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We were all young once; we were all engaged in dangerous behaviors that included life-threatening stunts and less than legal activities. Why is this relevant to a job search, though? Just give me a sec and I’ll get into it…but why would you want me to? Isn’t it terrifying that a youthful transgression could follow you for the rest of your life?

See Also: Signs a Job is a Bad Fit For You

So, what is the one thing that can really destroy your job search?

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Many employers have adopted background checks as a way to filter out candidates that have criminal records, even though this could be illegal.  Beyond that, some companies will even do a credit check on employees- actually more than half or 60% of them. Although it’s understandable (again if not slightly illegal) to weed out people with a criminal past, why do employers need a credit score, especially considering the recent economic climate with unemployment increasing foreclosures and seizures of property that can decimate credit scores? The first and most obvious reason why a job might look into your financial history is because the position will have you dealing with money and having a bad history with managing money is as good as having a bad reference from a previous employer.

The second reason is that your financial woes might make you vulnerable to corruption- let me explain. Basically, if you are in a position with access to sensitive and valuable information and are in crippling debt, then it’s more likely that a competitor could “buy” the information from you- if your financial pains are so heavy you might even be at higher risk of embezzling or being financially fraudulent if the position allows you to. A credit report can also show the potential employer if the candidate is responsible with their financial obligations. Finally, many companies use credit checks as a cross-reference to the resume, for example, if the candidate held a very good position (that assumedly paid well) yet during the same period showed that they had fallen behind their financial obligations then this might indicate bad money management or even dishonesty.

The One Thing

So, considering this article is about the ONE thing that can destroy your job search: it’s an infraction either of legal or financial nature. Although according to this article, if you are the perfect candidate it won’t hurt the hiring process immensely however, when moving within an extremely competitive market you really don’t want anything working against you. One thing that can substantially hurt your job prospects though (and could even potentially get you fired if you do it during your employment) is a D.U.I. or driving under the influence. The most immediate effect is that you could use your license which can be inconvenient and a significant financial burden at best, or even cost your job at worse- especially if driving is a requirement of your job. Although you could curtail some of the expense of commuting to work by using public transport, more often than not, it can prove unreliable and being repeatedly late will inevitably get you fired.

Beyond that, a conviction could entail loss of work (which will get you fired probably), make you lose other licenses (for heavy machinery, for example) and get you fired because your employer has a mandatory firing policy for people that are convicted of crimes. Most universities will immediately expel students that get D.U.I. Don’t worry though, you can still become governor of Texas or president of the U.S, though.

Do you have any other reasons why a DUI could mean curtains for your job search and career? Let us know in the comments section below.

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