Never let it be said that yours truly doesn’t try to be helpful to those who are trying to enhance their employment prospects.
Today’s tip comes from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and State Rep LaShawn K. Ford:
Governor Bars State From Asking Job Applicants About Felony Records
Illinoisans with a felony on their records will no longer be asked about their criminal past when they apply for state jobs.
Promoting the decision to what he calls “Ban the Box,” State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford (D-Chicago) says the governor’s administrative order doesn’t mean private employers will be required to hire ex-cons. It simply means applications for state government jobs will no longer include a box indicating whether an applicant has pled guilty, or been convicted of a criminal offense, other than a minor traffic violation.
So the first element of advice is: “If you’ve been convicted of a felony and need work, go to Illinois and apply for a state job.” (Yes, I know that the state reserves the right to still do a criminal background check. But they don’t have to, and the guess here is that they usually won’t, except for jobs with obvious financial exposure; in reality, almost every job held by someone with criminal intent financially exposes an employer.)
Now here’s a more targeted situation:
As for himself, the lawmaker (Ford) says he anticipates federal bank fraud charges against him –- unrelated to his service in the General Assembly -– being tossed out of court soon.
So it turns out that Ford’s advocacy will potentially benefit him. If he’s convicted of bank fraud, he’ll be able to apply for an Illinois state job without having to reveal his criminal past.
So the second career planning idea is this: “If you’re a former politician with a criminal past and need work, go to Illinois and apply for a state job.”
As a Buckeye State resident, I’ll add the following to both career planning tidbits: “especially if you currently live in Ohio.”