theForum is run by the charity Unlock. We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions but we may intervene and take any action as we think necessary. Further details can be found in our terms of use. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report-a-post button or email us at forum@unlock.org.uk.


Explaining gaps in your CV as a result of a criminal record


Explaining gaps in your CV as a result of a criminal record

Author
Message
Debbie Sadler
Debbie Sadler
Supreme Being
Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)Supreme Being (93K reputation)

Group: Forum Members
Posts: 407, Visits: 5.3K
We've produced some new information which looks at ways of dealing with gaps in your employment history which have come about as a result of a criminal record.

If you've had to explain gaps on your CV, how did you do it? 

Let us have your ideas.

Need Unlocks advice? Visit our self-help information site or contact our helpline
Derek Arnold
Derek Arnold
Supreme Being
Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)Supreme Being (4.2K reputation)

Group: Forum Members
Posts: 19, Visits: 49
Deb S - 31 Aug 16 3:29 PM
We've produced some new information which looks at ways of dealing with gaps in your employment history which have come about as a result of a criminal record.

If you've had to explain gaps on your CV, how did you do it? 

Let us have your ideas.

I've been quite candid but at the same time rather coy. I have listed the work I have done whilst in prison (for education, guidance, virtual campus and chair of the prison council). I have listed my employer as the company contracted to deliver the education, as this is the organisation within which I was 'working', I also listed my accomplishments as a Shannon Trust organiser and mentor without mentioning the Shannon Trust.

I have provided two prison contacts as referees on my job applications and the coy part is allowing the information I have provided to be interpreted by the company to which I am applying. So saying, I also have a disclosure statement that I can hand to the organisation at the job offer stage (which hasn't happened yet).

In reality, my greatest and first barrier to employment is my age, the disclosure will be the second barrier to overcome.

I should make it perfectly clear that (a) I am following the guidance of the CRC on when I should disclose and (b) if the application process specifically asks about unspent criminal convictions, then I tell the truth and provide the information they want. I am not required to volunteer information unnecessarily and the time to disclose is when an offer has been made.


K-NW
K-NW
Supreme Being
Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)Supreme Being (1K reputation)

Group: Forum Members
Posts: 6, Visits: 4
Deb S - 31 Aug 16 3:29 PM
We've produced some new information which looks at ways of dealing with gaps in your employment history which have come about as a result of a criminal record.

If you've had to explain gaps on your CV, how did you do it? 

Let us have your ideas.

SInce I have come home I have shown on my CV that I am working as a self employed consultant. The nature of the consultancy work can be as simple as volunteering for charities. In conversations with recruiters I simply explain that I had a family matter that meant I had to stop working with my former employer and that I am now looking to return to full time work. Simple and clean with less detail gives you the ability to move on to skills, employment without the difficult questions.
GO


Similar Topics


As a small but national charity, we rely on charitable grants and individual donations to continue running theForum. We do not deliver government services. By being independent, we are able to respond to the needs of the people with convictions. Help us keep theForum going.

Donate Online

Login
Existing Account
Email Address:


Password:


Select a Forum....
























































































































































































theForum


Search