I have a question about dui and job prospects. I know people really do look at your criminal records. Well, my friend is still an undergrad in college right now. He was hoping to get into engineering for the city (so a government job). But just recently he was charged with a DUI. He was wondering if this recent DUI will affect him very badly? I.e: would employers just throw the resume and application away?
what impact can a DUI make on job prospects? how do you guys view that?
Yes, it will affect him. Your friend is an idiot. I have no sympathy for people who drink and drive. You know before you pick up that glass of alcohol that you have car keys in your pocket.
However, that being said, he’s just been charged, not convicted. But we’ll assume a conviction will happen shortly.
Technically, an employer can’t hold a conviction against someone unless it relates to the job at hand. As I said, DUI proves you’re an idiot, so that pretty much applies to every job, although I realize that I couldn’t actually argue that in court. (At least I think I couldn’t win with that argument. I’m not a lawyer.) But, there are million and one reasons not to hire anyone, and this black mark will not help.
Employers will not just throw his resume away though. In the professional world, resumes are usually reviewed and phone interviews conducted prior to filling out an official appliaction. You wouldn’t list your DUI on your resume; You would have to list it on an application if they ask about convictions. (Although, more and more, companies are having you apply through their websites, which means filling out applications from the get go.)
A smart recruiter knows that it is illegal to consider information such as that (in most cases), and won’t inform a potential hiring manager. Applying for a government job may actually be a better idea than the private sector because they tend to have stricter rules in place regarding such things.
Still, the most important thing is to tell your friend not to do it again, and work his tail end off in school to get super good grades. Take whatever internships you can get (unpaid if necessary) because in a poor job market, with a DUI in tow, it’s going to be difficult to get a good job.