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Criminal Convictions

Your strategy

If you have a criminal record, whatever the nature of the offence, you must think about:

  • who needs to know;
  • what you should tell them;
  • how can you present yourself in a positive light.

Your strategy for finding a job will depend on whether the conviction is ‘spent’ and the kind of work you wish to apply for.

Diversity Matters - people with a criminal record

Information from TARGET Jobs about your rights as a prison leaver.

AGCAS Briefing Sheet

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services briefing on your rights, how to market yourself and how to find friendly employers.

Further support and advice


A national charity which provides a range of practical support for prison leavers.


Unlock supports and advocates for people with criminal records to be able to move on positively in their lives - and includes information on looking for friendly employers.

The Longford Trust

The Longford Trust offers a range of support to prison leavers, including scholarships for Higher Education.

Ban the Box

Business in the Community's Ban the Box campaign calls on employers to remove the criminal convictions tick box from application forms, and asking about offences later in the recruitment process.