So I have a problem. A question. A concern. Something that scares the crap out of me.
So when in doubt take it to the public and ask them if they have an opinion of the case.
So I started filling out the online application for the teaching job that I’m applying for.
On the second page it asks this question:
Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony crime. The existence of a criminal record does not constitute an automatic bar to employment, with the exception of certain sex or drug offenses specifically prescribed by the California Education Code. In the cases of drug convictions, further consideration is given to personal rehabilitation efforts, as well as a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon.
If your answer is yes, please explain. You must provide specific civil, penal, and/or other code violation(s) and describe each offense, date, place and sentence or fine imposed.
I’m sure the question you are asking, is why does this scare me.
Let’s just suppose that I had been arrested for some unknown crime. And let’s just suppose it had nothing to do with drug use. And let’s just suppose that it might have been a sexual offense. Before you go there, it did not involve anyone else, especially children. Just me. In public. Doing something I shouldn’t have been doing.
Yes, Adam knows all about this…
So here’s my dilemma.
If I even begin to tell them about what happened my application won’t even get a second look.
If I lie and they find out, I won’t be hired, or I’ll be let go on that basis.
So what do I do?
A friend I talked to tonight said LIE. If you are going to have a chance at getting your foot in the door you can’t tell them the truth. He also said that since it was in a different state, 13 years ago that it might not even come up.
Did happen 13 years ago. I plead guilty, I paid a fine, was told to not go there any more, I moved away and that was the end of it. I’ve always been afraid that it would come up again, and I’ve always been lucky that it hasn’t.
Am I honest and hope for the best?
Do I lie and hope for the best?
Do I scrap the application until I can apply for a position that doesn’t ask these kinds of personal questions.
Give me some advice people.
That’s why you are paid the big bucks.