How should I approach job hunting after a DWI?

Despite the negative stereotypes that still seem to exist regarding people arrested for drunk driving, many people in Nebraska know someone who falls into this situation. In fact, you may even have been pulled over by an officer and eventually charged with a driving while intoxicated offense. It is easier than most people believe to be above the legal limit for impairment. This experience, however, should not be the thing that prevents you from getting your next new job. 

As explained by the Houston Chronicle, you should take a very proactive approach to your job search when you know you have a blemish on your record. This should start by you conducting a background check on yourself. This will allow you to see exactly what a prospective employer may see, enabling you to be prepared to discuss the information more appropriately because you should be prepared to discuss it at some point.

With regard to discussions about a past DWI, it is important to balance the timing properly. There is no need to disclose such information on an application or in a first interview. However, it is important that you share the information before the employer finds out about it via a background check. When talking about your DWI, you should emphasize how you have taken steps to ensure the experience is not repeated.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to help residents in Nebraska understand how they may be able to move beyond a drunk driving arrest and rebuild their lives by finding good employment.


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